Biden Administration Releases Proposed FY23 Federal Budget

On March 28, 2022, the Biden administration released its proposed federal budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. Click here to access a chart showing how programs of interest to our community fared. It includes the Biden proposed budget for FY23 and compares it with the FY22 and FY21 budgets.

Here are the highlights:

  • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) would receive $426.5 million for operating expenses (OE), a $38.2 million increase from FY22. Two years ago, NARA’s OE budget was $377 million.
  • The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) would receive a $2.8 million reduction from the $12.3 million it received in FY22. However, $5.3 million of that total was the result of congressional earmarks which fluctuate from year to year. The $9.5 million in base funding proposed by the administration is an increase of $2.5 million over FY22.
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) would receive $201 million, a $21 million increase from the FY22 level of $180 million.
  • K-12 US History and Civics programs at the Department of Education: Federal K-12 US history and civics programs would receive a $2.75 million increase, for a total of $10.5 million. The Presidential and Congressional Academies would receive $4 million and the American History and Civics grants programs will receive $6.4 million.
  • The Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education programs would be cut back to the FY21 funding level under the proposed budget. Title VI (domestic programs) would receive $69.3 million, and the Fulbright-Hays (overseas programs) $8.8 million. Together the programs would receive $78.1 million under the Biden plan. In FY22, the combined programs received $81.6 million.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) received a $9 million funding boost, up to $277 million. Library Programs would receive $201 million, a $3.6 million increase. Museum Programs would increase by $4.6 million up to a level of $52 million.
  • The National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund would receive $152 million, down from $173 million in FY22. National Recreation and Preservation programs would see a $9 million decrease, down to $75 million.
  • The Library of Congress would receive a $39 million increase, up to $833 million for FY23.
  • The Smithsonian Institution would receive $1.174.5 billion, a $112.5 million increase over FY 22. The Salaries and Expenses budget would total $909.5 million, and the Facilities Capital budget would be $265 million.
  • The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars received $15 million, level funding from last year.