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CDC’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 President’s Budget Request

On March 4, 2014, the White House released the FY 2015 President’s Budget Request. The FY 2015 President’s Budget request for CDC and ATSDR includes a total funding level of a little over $11.1 billion in discretionary budget authority, mandatory funding, Public Health Service (PHS) Evaluation funds, and the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). This is an overall increase of over $310.7 million above the FY 2014 Enacted level. The CDC request of about $6.6 billion (excluding mandatory programs except the Prevention Fund) for FY 2015 is a decrease of about $242.6 million compared to the FY 2014 Enacted level.

The request includes new or expanded support for key programs such as global health security, detection of protection against antibiotic resistance, prescription drug overdose, and vaccines for children among others. Reduced funding request amounts, however, are reflected in the budget for several programs, including but not limited to the Preventive Public Health and Health Services Block Grant, cancer prevention and control, and the immunization program.

FY President's Budget Request for Injury and Violence Prevention

The FY 2015 President’s Budget request of the Injury Center’s programs is $194.3 million, an increase of $43.5 million above the FY 2014 Enacted level. The FY 2015 request for Injury Prevention and Control includes the following:

  • An increase of $15.6 million to expand the existing state Core Violence and Injury Prevention Program (Core VIPP) to additional states with the highest burden of prescription drug abuse. Prescription drug overdose represents a growing public health concern, as evidenced by the more than 60 people who die every day in the United States from these overdoses, most of which involve prescription opioid pain relievers. CDC will use the increase to expand the Core VIPP to include additional states, with the requirement that one of their prevention focus areas be PDO. A select group of existing and possibly new Core VIPP states will receive additional funding and scientific assistance from CDC to focus on implementing PDO-specific interventions.
  • An increase of $22.2 million to support the President’s plan to reduce gun violence, Now is the Time. The increase will support two activities:
    • $12.2 million to expand the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), a state-based surveillance system that forms a complete picture of the circumstances surrounding violent deaths, to all 50 states and Washington D.C. Now Is The Time stated that we need better data to help Americans understand how and when firearms are used in violent deaths and to inform future research and prevention strategies. For the first time, prevention researchers, practitioners, and policymakers will be able to gauge the magnitude, trends, and characteristics of violent deaths at the national, state and local levels.
    • $10 million to support research into the causes and prevention of gun violence. This activity will be informed by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council’s report released in 2013 (Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence), which sets forth questions which include, for example, addressing youth access to firearms, improving understanding of risk factors, and examining risks and benefits of firearm ownership.
  • An increase of $5.6 million from the Public Health Service Evaluation Transfer funds to fund evaluation activities to improve sexual violence prevention in support of the Rape Prevention and Education program.