Table: FY18 Impact Aid Appropriations by Program Section
Table: FY18 Impact Aid Appropriations by Program Section

The Impact Aid program has not been fully funded since 1969, meaning school districts do not receive all the funding for which they qualify under the program’s formulas. A key focus of NAFIS advocacy is appropriations—the decisions made by Congress about how the Federal government allocates resources—in an effort to increase funding. Advocacy efforts include a targeted focus on Impact Aid funding and on raising the caps on non-defense discretionary funding that are in place under the Budget Control Act, which have limited investments in domestic programs since FY13.

NAFIS engages throughout the budget and appropriations process, including the President’s budget request, congressional budget resolutions, subcommittee and committee appropriations bills, continuing resolutions, omnibus spending bills and more.

NAFIS funding requests, position statements and other resources include:

Children’s Budget Coalition Sign-On Letter on FY20 Budget (10/30/18)
NAFIS joins more than 50 organizations on a letter to the Office of Management and Budget requesting that the Administration prioritize the needs of children in preparing its FY 2020 budget request, working with Congress to develop a budget that raises the caps with parity between defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending as a clear commitment to federal spending decisions that value our children.

Comments on Proposed IRS Rule on Contributions in Exchange for State or Local Tax Credits (10/11/18)
NAFIS supports the elimination of a federal income tax shelter that allows taxpayers to benefit from combined state and federal tax credits by donating to state tuition tax programs to fund private schools. NAFIS believes taxpayer dollars should go to public schools.

Updated FY19 Funding Request to Congress (9/4/18)
NAFIS thanks leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education for securing additional funding for Impact Aid in both the House and Senate appropriations bills and urges them to maintain the higher House-approved funding levels (which include a $2 million increase for Federal Properties and a $50 million increase for Basic Support for FY19) as the appropriations process moves forward.

FY20 Funding Request to the Administration (8/1/18)
NAFIS recommends that the Trump Administration’s FY20 Budget Request to Congress reflect an increase in the Impact Aid program ($4 million for Federal Properties; $100 million for Basic Support). In addition, NAFIS requests a one-time $1 billion infusion into the Impact Aid construction program, either through annual appropriations or through an infrastructure package.

FY19 Funding Request to Congress (5/14/18)
NAFIS urges leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education to continue to recognize the obligation to federally impacted communities and recommends a $2 million increase for Federal Properties and a $50 million increase for Basic Support for FY19. In addition, NAFIS urges the subcommittee to request additional information about the facilities needs of federally impacted schools and to oppose Impact Aid vouchers.

FY19 Senate Dear Colleague Letter on Appropriations (4/12/18)
Thirty-nine Senators urge leadership of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education to recognize the importance of the Impact Aid Program in setting funding priorities, calling for strong and continued funding for all line items of the program.

Impact of Administration’s FY19 Budget Request (Spring 2018)
NAFIS shows the financial impact of the Administration’s proposed $525 million cut in the FY19 Budget Request on each school district that receives Impact Aid Basic Support.

Statement on FY18 Omnibus Bill (3/23/18)
NAFIS thanks Congress for prioritizing Impact Aid throughout the FY18 appropriations process, noting the $81 million increase for Basic Support and $4.5 million increase for Federal Properties.

FY19 House Dear Colleague Letter on Appropriations (3/16/18)
One hundred and three members of the U.S. House of Representatives urge leadership of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education to request strong and continued funding for all line items of the Impact Aid Program.

Children’s Budget Coalition Sign-On Letter on FY18 Omnibus (3/12/18)
NAFIS joins more than 35 organizations on a letter to leadership of the House and Senate urging them to pass an FY18 omnibus funding bill that fulfills the agreement to increase non-defense discretionary spending by $131 billion over FY18 and FY19.

NAFIS Executive Director Stands Up for Impact Aid at U.S. Department of Education Stakeholders Meeting on the President’s Budget Request (2/14/18)
NAFIS Executive Director Hilary Goldmann questions Department of Education staff on cuts to Impact Aid at the Stakeholders Meeting regarding the Administration’s FY19 Budget Request.

Statement on FY19 President’s Budget Request (2/13/18)
NAFIS opposes the Administration’s FY19 budget request, which cuts Impact Aid by $594 million while introducing a new $500 million school voucher proposal, essentially shifting taxpayer dollars from public education to private schools. 

NDD United Sign-On Letter on Remainder of FY18 Spending (1/24/18)
NAFIS joins 2,000 national, state and local organizations—including dozens of NAFIS subgroups, state associations and members—in urging Congress to ensure adequate funding for “nondefense discretionary” (NDD) programs funded through annual appropriations, providing relief from sequestration budget cuts and opposing new efforts to cut these programs more deeply.

AASA Sign-On Letter on House Tax Bills (11/13/17)
NAFIS joins more than 40 organizations on a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition to tax bills being considered in Congress, which would undermine funding for public schools as deficit-financed tax reform adds to the federal debt and will increase pressure for Congress to curb education and other discretionary spending.

FY19 Funding Request to the Administration (9/13/17)
NAFIS asks that the Administration’s FY19 Budget Request to Congress reflect an increase in the Impact Aid program sufficient to restore the erosion of funding for the Basic Support program and offset the cost of newly eligible Federal Properties school districts ($8 million for Federal Properties; $100 million for Basic Support).

NDD United Sign-On Letter on Funding Nondefense Discretionary Programs (9/6/17)
NAFIS joins 2,000 national, state and local organizations—including dozens of NAFIS subgroups, state associations and members—in urging Congress to ensure adequate funding for “nondefense discretionary” (NDD) programs in FY18, working to replace scheduled sequestrations cuts through a package that is balanced, and maintains parity between defense and NDD program spending.

FY18 Appropriations Letter (6/12/17)
NAFIS asks leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education to continue recognizing the obligation to federally impacted communities and provide a $51 million increase to Impact Aid for FY18 ($2 million for Federal Properties; $49 million for Basic Support).

Federal Properties Sign-On Letter (6/12/17)
NAFIS led development of letter urging leaders of the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education to reject the Administration’s FY18 budget proposal to eliminate funding for Impact Aid Federal Properties. Seventy national education, military and other organizations signed on.

Statement on Administration’s FY18 Budget (5/23/17)
NAFIS opposes the Administration’s FY18 budget request because it slashes U.S. Department of Education funding, eliminates Impact Aid Federal Properties and diverts critical resources away from public schools.

FY18 Senate Dear Colleague Letter on Appropriations (5/23/17)
Thirty-eight Senators urge leadership of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education to recognize the importance of the Impact Aid Program in setting their funding priorities, calling for strong and continued funding for all line items of the program.

Children’s Budget Coalition Sign-On Letter on FY18 Appropriations (5/11/17)
NAFIS joins approximately 50 organizations on a letter to leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees asking them to consider four priorities in the FY18 appropriations process: reversing the divestment trends in children’s programs; lifting the budget caps for non-defense discretionary spending set forth in the Budget Control Act of 2011; maintaining parity between non-defense and defense discretionary spending; and increasing 302(b) allocations in the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education; Agriculture; Transportation-Housing-Urban Development; and Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bills.

302(b) Allocation Sign-On Letter (5/8/17)
NAFIS joins nearly 800 organizations representing the full range of stakeholders—including dozens of NAFIS subgroups, state associations and school districts—supporting the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill, which has jurisdiction over Impact Aid funding, in urging leadership of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to increase the FY18 302(b) subcommittee allocation for these programs and services.

FY17 Omnibus Letter (5/2/17)
NAFIS supports the $23 million increase for Impact Aid in the FY17 Omnibus Appropriations and urges Congress to approve a permanent solution to repeal the caps of the Budget Control Act.

FY18 House Dear Colleague Letter on Appropriations (4/6/17)
Ninety-nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives urge leadership of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education to request strong and continued funding for all line items of the Impact Aid Program.

Statement on the Administration’s FY18 Budget Proposal (3/16/17)
NAFIS opposes cuts to the U.S. Department of Education budget and the elimination of Federal Properties Impact Aid funding in the Administration’s FY18 Budget Proposal.

FY18 Impact Aid Testimony (3/8/17)
NAFIS Executive Director Hilary Goldmann submits written testimony for the record in support of the Federal Impact Aid program, outlining NAFIS requests for FY18 funding.

NDD Sign-On Letter Urging Adequate Funding (3/1/17)
NAFIS joins 2,000 national, state and local organizations—including dozens of NAFIS subgroups, state associations and members—in urging Congress to ensure adequate funding for “nondefense discretionary” (NDD) programs, continuing the bipartisan practice of providing relief from sequestration budget cuts and opposing any new efforts to cut these programs more deeply.

Children’s Budget Coalition Sign-On Letter on Mulvaney Hearing (1/23/17)
NAFIS joins more than 30 organizations on a Children’s Budget Coalition (CBC) letter to the leadership of the Senate Budget Committee. The letter requests that during the confirmation hearing for the Director of the Office of Management & Budget, committee members ask the nominee, Representative Mick Mulvaney, his positions on increasing funding for critical children’s programs and lifting the caps on non-defense discretionary funding.

Statement on Extended Continuing Resolution (12/14/16)
NAFIS is concerned that without the release of funds beyond the April 28 Continuing Resolution, federally impacted school districts may face cash-flow shortages or be forced to borrow money to continue operations.

Sequestration Survey (October 2013)
Following a 2012 study on the impact of sequestration, NAFIS surveys its members on how federally impacted schools are implementing cuts to their federal revenues. It is clear that these budget cuts are having a significant impact on federally impacted districts, including the military dependents and Native American children who live there.

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