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FY2017 Budget Summary

President Obama Submits Final Budget to Congress

On February 9, President Obama submitted to Congress his FY2017 budget proposal. The president’s final budget proposal before leaving office, the document details his spending priorities for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on October 1.

The budget provides $4.147 trillion in overall spending for FY2017. The proposed budget complies with the discretionary spending cap of $1.149 trillion set forth in the Bipartisan Budget Act (P.L. 114-74). In December, Congress passed an omnibus spending bill (P.L. 114-113) that funds the federal government through September 30 (see FY2016 Appropriations Summary).

The charts below summarize funding levels for various programs important to women and their families. The administration also outlines several priorities for women in its fact sheet: “Supporting Women and  Working Families.

Department of Agriculture

The budget proposes $155 billion in overall spending in FY2017 for the Department of Agriculture. This amount includes $130 billion and $25 billion in mandatory and discretionary spending, respectively. The administration’s request totaled $164 billion in overall spending in FY2016.



President’s FY2017 Request

Food and Nutrition Service

$110.004 billion

$111.973 billion

Child Nutrition Programs

$22.163 billion

$23.231 billion

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

$6.35 billion

$6.35 billion*

Special Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

$80.849 billion

$81.689 billion

Commodity Assistance Program

$296.217 million

$313.139 million

Foreign Agricultural Service

P.L. 480 Title II Food for Peace

$1.716 billion**

$1.35 billion

McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition

$201.626 million

$182 million

*Includes $80 million for breastfeeding peer counseling and other related activities.

**Includes a one-time allocation of $250 million for emergency food assistance.  Defense

The Department of Defense budget proposes a $523.9 billion base budget for FY2017, which is $2.2 billion over FY2016. In addition, the request would provide $58.8 billion for overseas contingency operations (OCO), bringing the overall request to $582.7 billion.

The department summary notes that the budget fully funds the “secretary’s recently announced package of family-focused reforms, including expanded maternity leave for service women and paternity leave for service men, improved mothers’ rooms on military installations, and enhanced hours at child development centers to recognize our service members’ often unpredictable schedules. Taken together, these reforms will improve both retention and quality of life for our service men and women and their families.”



President’s FY2017Request

Defense Health Program

$32.329 billion

$33.468 billion

Military Personnel

$135.33 billion

$135.269 billion

Family Housing

$1.261 billion

$1.32 billion

Child Care and Youth Programs

$1.2 billion

$1.3 billion

Military Spouse Employment

$100 million

$100 million


Department of Education

The administration’s request includes $69.4 billion in discretionary funds for the Department of Education. This amount represents a $1.3 billion increase over FY2016.



President’s FY2017 Request

Title I Grants to LEAs

$14.91 billion

$15.359 billion

Special Education Grants for Infants and Families

$458.556 million

$503.6 million

Child Care Access Means Students in School (CCAMPIS)

$15.14 million

$15.1 million

Office for Civil Rights

$107 million

$137.708 million


Department of Health and Human Services

The president’s FY2017 request for the Department of Health and Human Services provides $1.15 trillion in overall budget authority. This amount is $33.279 billion over the request for FY2015 and includes $82.759 billion in discretionary funding.



President’s FY2017 Request

Food and Drug Administration

$2.73 billion

$2.743 billion

User Fees

$2.017 billion

$2.286 billion

Mammography User Fees

$20.109 million

$21 million

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

$6.197 billion

$5.743 billion

Community Health Centers (discretionary)

$1.492 billion

$1.342 billion

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

$845.117 million

$845.117 million

Maternal and Child Health Block Grant

$638.2 million

$638 million

Heritable Disorders

$13.883 million

$14 million

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

$17.818 million

$18 million

Healthy Start

$103.5 million

$104 million

Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act

$2.323 billion

$2.332 billion


Ryan White Part C – Early Intervention

$205 million

$280 million*

Ryan White Part D – Children, Youth, Women, and Families Programs

$75.088 million


Family Planning

$286.479 million

$300 million

Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention (CDC)

$7.178 billion

$7.013 billion

Global Health

$427.121 million

$442.121 million

HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB Prevention

$1.122 billion

$1.128 billion

National Institutes of Health (NIH) (overall)

$32.311 billion

$33.136 billion

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

$279.718 million

$279.68 million

Administration for Children and Families (overall)

$53.416 billion

$63.005 billion

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

$17.345 billion

$17.347 billion

Child Support Enforcement

$4.088 billion

$4.342 billion

Refugee and Entrant Assistance (aid to victims of trafficking)

$18.755 million

$22 million

Child Care Development Block Grant

$2.761 billion

$2.962 billion

Children and Families Services Programs

$10.984 billion

$11.725 billion

Head Start

$9.168 billion

$9.602 billion

Family Violence/Battered Women’s Shelters

$158 million

$163 million

National Domestic Violence Hotline

$8.25 million

$12 million

Promoting Safe and Stable Families (overall)**

$532 million

$575 million

Office of the Secretary, General Department Management

$531 million

$555 million

Pregnancy Assistance Fund

$23 million

$25 million

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Community Grants

$101 million

$104.79 million

Office for Civil Rights

$38.798 million

$42.705 million

Office of Minority Health

$56.67 million

$56.67 million

Office on Women’s Health

$32.14 million

$32.14 million

Minority HIV/AIDS

$53.9 million

$53.9 million

*The budget proposes to consolidate funding for Ryan White Part D into Part C. “The consolidated Part C program will emphasize care across all vulnerable populations, genders, and ages, thus assuring services for women, infants, children, and youth throughout the program.”

**The total for Promoting Safe and Stable Families includes funding for abstinence education and the Personal Responsibility Education Program.


Department of Housing and Urban Development

The administration’s request includes $37.983 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in FY2017. This amount is $176 million over FY2016.



President’s FY2017 Request

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS

$335 million

$335 million

Family Self-Sufficiency

$75 million

$75 million


Department of Justice

The president requested $28.976 billion in discretionary funds for FY2017. This amount is $265 million over FY2016, and includes $2 million in new funding for Competitive Grants for Girls in the Justice System.



President’s FY2017 Request

Office on Violence Against  Women

$480 million

$489 million*

Grants to Combat Violence Against Women (STOP Grants)

$215 million

$200 million

Transitional Housing Assistance

$30 million

$30 million

Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women

$5 million

$3 million

Sexual Assault Victims Services

$35 million

$35 million

Rural Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Enforcement

$34 million

$34 million

Violence on College Campuses

$20 million

$26 million

Civil Legal Assistance

$45 million

$52.5 million

Elder Abuse Grant Program

$5 million

$6.25 million

Grants to Support Families in the Justice System

$16 million

$16 million

Education and Training for Disabled Female Victims

$6 million

$6 million

Research on Violence Against Indian Women

$1 million

$1 million

Indian Country Sexual Assault Clearinghouse



National Resource Center on Workplace Responses



Consolidated Youth-Oriented Program

$11 million

$11 million

Office of Justice Programs

$1.883 billion

$1.603 billion

Victims of Trafficking Grants

$45 million


Prison Rape Prevention and Prosecution

$10.5 million

$10.5 million

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

$9 million

$6 million


DNA Initiative

$125 million

$105 million

*The budget proposes $326 million for Violence Against Women programs within the Crime Victims Fund. Combined with a direct allocation of $163 million, the Office on Violence Against Women would receive

$489 million in FY2017 under the president’s proposed budget.

**Funding for this program was moved into the Crime Victims Fund.  Department of Labor

President Obama requested $45.9 billion for programs at the Department of Labor. This amount is $200 million over FY2016 and includes $12.8 billion and $33.1 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding, respectively. The amount also includes $2 billion for the Paid Leave Partnership Initiative.



President’s FY2017 Request

Dislocated Worker’s Assistance

$1.242 billion

$1.334 billion

Women in Apprenticeships



Women’s Bureau

$11.536 million

$12.902 million

International Labor Affairs

$86.125 million

$101.23 million

*The budget summary notes that “The goal of improving the recruitment and participation of women in apprenticeships, including in non-traditional occupations, will be addressed more effectively through the Apprenticeship Grants, including the funding for Community-Based Organizations and Workforce Intermediaries for innovative strategies that increase diversity in apprenticeship.”


Department of State

The administration proposes $50.1 billion in discretionary funds for the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in FY2017. This amount includes $14.9 billion for overseas contingency operations.

The budget submission notes that “USAID, through its 2012 Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy, and the Department of State are systematically addressing gender inequality in all foreign assistance programming and implementing commitments under the 2011 Women, Peace, and Security National Action Plan and the 2012 U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence globally.” In addition, the proposal would provide up to $35 million in FY2017 for the Let Girls Learn Initiative.



President’s FY2017 Request

Diplomatic and Consular Affairs

$5.623 billion

$6.54 billion

International Peacekeeping

$666.574 million

$806.93 million

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

$12 million

$20.7 million

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

$1.378 billion

$1.44 billion

Bilateral Economic Assistance

Migration and Refugee Assistance

$931.886 million

$922.597 million

Global Health and Child Survival (State and USAID)

$8.503 billion

$8.577 billion


President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

$5.67 billion

$5.67 billion

Maternal and Child Health

$750 million

$814.5 million

Vulnerable Children

$22 million

$14.5 million

Family Planning/Reproductive Health

$523.95 million

$544 million

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria

$1.35 billion

$1.35 billion


$330 million

$330 million


$45 million

$45 million

International Organizations and Programs

U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

$132.5 million

$132 million

U.N. Women (formerly UNIFEM)

$7.7 million

$14 million

U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA)

$32.5 million

$35 million


Department of Veterans Affairs

The administration requests $182.3 billion in overall funding for FY2017, which includes $78.7 billion and $103.6 billion in discretionary and mandatory funds, respectively.

The summary notes that women veterans comprised nearly 15 percent of active duty military forces and 19 percent of the National Guard and Reserves, and states: “The growing number of women veterans means that VA must provide services and infrastructure suited to gender-specific needs…VA is anticipating and preparing not only for the increase in the number of women veterans but also for the accompanying complexity and longevity of their treatment needs.”



President’s FY2017 Request

Women Veterans

$475 million

$515 million


Other Agencies

In addition to the departments listed above, the budget request includes funding for several independent federal agencies, including the Small Business Administration, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Commission on Civil Rights, and the Legal Services Corporation.



President’s FY2017 Request

Small Business Administration

$871.042 million

$878 million

Women’s Business Centers

$17 million

$16.7 million

National Women’s Business Council

$1.5 million

$1.5 million

Microloan Technical Assistance

$25 million

$31 million

Small Business Development Centers

$117 million

$115 million

Equal Employment Opportunity  Commission

$364.5 million

$346.646 million

Commission on Civil Rights

$9.2 million

$9.43 million

Legal Services Corporation

$385 million

$475 million

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