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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 17, Number 3, January 17, 2014 →

Congress Rolls Out FY14 Budget, Includes $56.41 for Historic Preservation Fund

Congress completed consideration of the omnibus FY2014 budget. The $1.1 trillion budget is headed to the President for signing. Preservation Action and preservationists urged members of Congress to support Historic Preservation.

While the final bill increased Historic Preservation Fund funding to pre-sequester levels, the bill did not include language to allow dues payments to UNESCO.

Historic preservation funding in FY 2014: $56.410 million for the HPF, that is, $47.425 for SHPOs which includes $500,000 for grants to be used to conduct pre-nomination activities for communities underrepresented on the National Register of Historic Places. It also includes $8.985 for THPOs.

Historic Preservation Fund Levels in Recent Years

Year President’s Budget Final Total States Tribes S/THPO Total
2014 56.40 56.40 47.425 8.985 56.410
2013 55.91 53.11 9 44.579 8.535 53.114
2012 61.00 56.00 46.925 8.985 55.910
2011 54.5 54.5 46.500 8 54.500
2010 77.675 79.5 46.500 8 54.500

HPF Funding Levels Chart since 1968 

For more information on the FY 2014 budget bill see; 

Summary of Interior Appropriations →
Link to the Full Bill →

Advocacy Scholars Program Call for Papers Deadline Extended

Remembering that rush as students settle in to a new semester, Preservation Action extended the deadline for the Advocacy Scholars program. We are excited to see applications from undergrad and graduate students from universities and colleges from across the country. Keep them coming.

In order to be considered, applicants will submit a 3-5 page paper on a preservation policy or advocacy topic to be submitted by January 28, accompanied by a cover letter and proof of enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate Historic Preservation, Public Policy, Law, or related program.

Application details and downloadable flyer to share 

Comment on FCC Wireless Infrastructure Placement Open

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks comment on review procedures of the installation of DAS (distributed antenna systems) and small cell wireless infrastructure related to NEPA, Section 106 and review coordination that might be needed with ACHP, NCSHPO and tribal organizations. Options for treatment may exclude such installations from review or may modify the review process.

State of the Union Address will be January 28

Preservation Action will be watching on January 28th when President Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address. 

The annual State of the Union Address will be televised live to the nation on January 28, 2014 at 9pm. Likely themes in the President’s speech include the rising income inequality, jobless benefits, increase in the federal minimum wage, healthcare, immigration reform and climate change.

From the Hopper

Sec. of the Interior, Sally Jewell announces Nomination of San Antonio Missions as World Heritage Site
“World Heritage Sites represent an incredible opportunity for the United States to tell the world the whole story of America and the remarkable diversity of our people and beauty of our land,” Jewell said. “The San Antonio Missions represents a vital part of our nation’s Latino heritage and the contributions of Latinos to the building of our country.”
Legislation Offers Hope that Historical Berkeley, CA Post Office Won’t be Part of Nationwide Selloff
“Safe Harbor for Historic Tax Credit Structures” Webinar Coming from NOVOGRADAC Jan. 30

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