Cablegate: Inl Managua Pd&S Plan for Fy 2008


DE RUEHMU #0037/01 0112149
R 112149Z JAN 08





E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 169520

1. INL Managua submits its fiscal year 2008 PD&S budget plan per

2. INL Managua's PD&S needs will increase due to the costs
associated with Salary and Benefits for the INL Program
Assistant who will be reclassified as an INL Program Manager and the
hire of a new INL Program Assistant who will focus on budget
management. Post anticipates increased travel costs as several new
projects are planned and will require travel by the INL Coordinator,
INL Program Manager, and INL Program Assistant. Post estimates that
ICASS costs will rise given an increase in projects and demands on
FMC and GSO. The total anticipated PD&S budget for FY 2008 is
$293,100 including ICASS.

Object FY 2007 Recurring Proposed FY2008
Class Obligation Items Increase Plan

1100 17,000 57,100 74,100

1200 2,200 4,600 6,800

2156 8,000 10,000 18,000

2163 7,000 53,000 60,000

2322 2,000 1,000 3,000

2325 100 300 400

2329 2,000 3,500 5,500

2521 0 1,000 1,000

2611 0 4,800 4,800

2621 200 0 200

2622 1,300 1,000 2,300

3105 0 25,000 25,000

3156 0 2,000 2,000

TOTAL 39,800 0 163,300 203,100

2589 60,000 30,000 90,000


W ICASS: 99,800 0 193,300 293,100

4. Post has requested re-allocation of FY 2005, FY 2006 and FY 2007
PD&S carryover funds -- $7,806.38 for FY 2005, $12,672 for FY 2006
and $4,243 for FY 2007.

5. Post has already received $30,000 in FY 2008 PD&S.

6. Explanation of items by object class.

1100 Salaries (and overtime): Salary amount is based on a
FSN 12, step 1 position and FSN 09, step 1 position. The increase
is due to the reclassification of the current INL Program Assistant,
an FSN 09, as an INL Program Manager at the FSN 12 level who will be
given greater program management responsibilities as well as
supervisory responsibility over a new INL Program Assistant
Position, at the FSN 09 level. The new INL Program Assistant will
have primary responsibility for all budget and administrative
issues. Even with a full time INL Program manager and
administrative assistant, INL anticipates the need for overtime,
particularly with new projects planned for Demand Reduction (Second
Step), the creation of a Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), and the
planned reconstruction of Nicaraguan Navy headquarters on the
Atlantic Coast that was partially destroyed during Hurricane Felix.

1200 Benefits: Benefit amount is commensurate with grade of FSN

2156 Field travel: This amount is essential to cover travel
expenses and per diem for monitoring/implementing projects
throughout the country. Several new projects are planned and will
require frequent travel to monitor their progress. Travel to the
Atlantic Coast must be done by air and can be quite expensive. INL
is also increasing its request due to increasing gasoline prices.

2163 Conference travel: This increase is being added for
conferences, staff training and development (particularly for the
new INL Coordinator, FSN Program Manager, the new FSN INL Assistant,
and a FSN Financial Management Center Budget Analyst newly assigned
to the INL account). This amount will also cover training and
conferences on the new financial reporting system that will replace
the FMARS, training related to the creation of a FIU, and attendance
at other INL conferences.

2322 Telephones: These amounts will increase due to the newly FSN
INL Assistant and will cover telephone expenses for both cell phones
and office phones.

2325 U.S. Postal/Dhl/Othcsv: These fees will increase commensurate
to the increased number of new projects we will implement.

2329 Telephones: These amounts will increase due to the new FSN hire
and are to cover telephone expenses, both cell phones and office

2521 Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair: This cost will be
incurred to provide maintenance to the proposed INL Managua vehicle
(see item 3105).

2611 Auto fuels and Lubricants: This cost will be incurred to
provide fuel for the often long-distance travel that will be
necessary in the proposed INL Managua vehicle (see item 3105).

2622 Office Supplies: Office Supplies will increase due to the new
FSN hire and the increased amount of administrative work that have
been incurred by recent project launches and by the launch of future
planned projects.

3105 Motor Vehicles: INL Managua will need a dedicated vehicle to
monitor existing and planned new programs, many of which will be
located further than 200 kilometers from Managua and thus extremely
difficult to consistently travel just with Embassy motor pool

3156 Computer: This will be for the one-time purchase of a new
computer for the new hire of a FSN INL Program Assistant.

2589 ICASS: Post projects that ICASS costs will increase with the
new hire a FSN INL Program Assistant and the increased burden on FMC
and GSO with the launch of new projects.

7. For further information or questions, contact Byron Tsao at
(505) 252-7711, Ext. 7711.

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