The President’s fiscal year 2011 budget request to Congress for the Smithsonian is
$797.6 million, an increase of $36 million from the $761.4 million appropriated to the Institution in FY 2010. The Salaries and Expenses budget request for FY 2011 is $660.8 million and the Facilities Capital budget is $136.8 million.
The Salaries and Expenses account covers salaries and benefits, rent, utilities, travel, routine maintenance, security and other operating expenses. This year, the Smithsonian requested an additional $3.6 million to partially cover mandatory salary increases and related costs, such as workers’ compensation, and an additional $147,000 for utilities, rent and other fixed operating costs.
A total of $1.5 million will be dedicated to staff and computer equipment to continue the process of digitizing the Smithsonian collections to making them accessible to researchers and people who cannot visit the museums by using the Internet and other technologies.
Facilities Capital funds for FY 2011 are requested for a variety of revitalization projects, which total $106.1 million. The National Museum of American History would receive $18 million to convert the parking garage into useable space for collections storage during the next renovation phase (west wing).
$20 million in the Planning and Design budget is included for the National Museum of African American History and Culture which is scheduled to open in 2015.