News From OSDFS


Advisory Committee on Safe and Drug-Free Schools Releases First Report
to Secretary Spellings

The Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee was established in 2006 to provide advice to Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. The committee advises on federal, state, and local programs designated to create safe and drug-free schools and on issues related to crisis planning. The advisory committee has had an initial focus on three issues:

  • Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities State Grants Program;
  • Unsafe School Choice Option Provision; and
  • Data requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act.

The advisory committee has carefully examined each topic and written a report of findings and recommendations. The report, Enhancing Achievement and Proficiency Through Safe and Drug-Free Schools, was submitted to Secretary Spellings in June 2007 and is available on the ED Web site.

The advisory committee is made up of 19 members who work in the fields of drug, alcohol, and violence prevention; safe schools; mental health research, and crisis planning.

For more details about the committee and its work, including the first report findings, visit

OSDFS Announces Prevention News Bulletin

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is pleased to announce OSDFS Prevention News Bulletin, a new listserv that is open to the public. Anyone interested in receiving the bulletin is invited to self-enroll online. Sent out as a weekly e-mail, the bulletin provides highlights on research findings, funding announcements, and news items pertaining to youth violence prevention and substance abuse prevention.

To enroll, visit

ED Budget Process

Work on annual budget proposals for ED starts in late spring or early summer for the fiscal year beginning 15 months later. Senior officers develop budget priorities proposals, and the secretary, after reviewing, submits a comprehensive ED budget request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB is part of the Executive Office of the President and is responsible for developing the administration’s final budget proposal for departments and agencies across the federal government.

Each year, the administration submits its budget proposal to Congress, in early February, shortly after the president’s annual State of the Union address. The House and the Senate each maintain an appropriations committee with 13 and 12 standing subcommittees, respectively, that carefully review the proposed budget. The subcommittees that consider ED’s budget proposal also have responsibility for appropriations for the departments of Labor and Health and Human Services. Each subcommittee marks up an appropriations bill that reflects its funding priorities and submits the bill to the full appropriations committee for review. After the appropriations committee reviews and perhaps amends the bill, it is sent to the full House or Senate for final consideration and passage.

A conference committee, a group constituted on a temporary basis that includes appropriations committee representatives from the House and Senate, resolves differences between the two versions of each of the 13 appropriations bills. The conference committee develops a final appropriations proposal that is detailed in a conference report and submitted to the House and Senate for approval. Once an appropriations proposal is approved by Congress it is submitted to the president for his signature.

ED’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2008 is currently under consideration by Congress.