Funding for the Program Year 2013 for the Weatherization Assistance Program was released on Friday, June 21. The Department of Energy (DOE) released the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the WAP at the level of $137.9 million. You can view the FOA here and the WPN 13-2 that sets State Allocations here. This funding level is nearly $70 million more than the Continuing Resolution passed level of only $68 million by Congress for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 due to reprogramming of funds within DOE.
Congress has already begun the process of setting the FY 14 funding levels for WAP this week. The House passed Appropriations Committee level for WAP is $77.1 million, up from the FY 13 level of $54 million. The Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee passed at the President's requested level of $184 million, up from $145 million last year. During the full Appropriations Committee meeting, another $6 million in funding was added to the program, bringing the Senate appropriations level for the program up to $190 million.
While there are nearly final numbers in the House and Senate, it is unlikely the two chambers will be able to conference the two bills to come to a final agreement. In the event they do not, Congress will likely pass another series of continuing resolutions (CRs) as they have in past years. WAP funding would be based on the last passed funding level in FY'12 of $68 million.
Though it is likely another CR will determine the FY 14 for WAP, it is encouraging that the funding level for the Program is up in both chambers at a time when many Programs are being cut back dramatically.