Thursday, February 11, 2010
The Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA) in the Department of Justice (DOJ) has made a budget request of $2.8 million. This represents a mere 1.8 percent increase over last year's budget. The Office (which features 15 position, 7 attorneys), will be adding no new employees despite an "internal challenge" - the number of applications for pardons has "increased substantially in the last several years" and is "at an all time high." A budget statement also suggests "there has been significant increase" in "media and public interest" in clemency. Despite the fact that President Bush was one of the slowest presidents in history to grant a pardon,, for FY12011" program changes, the requests lists nothing. See the OPA Budget Request here.