Commentary

We have found pertinent excerpts from the 119 page document concerning Greenville, EMPHASIS ADDED WITH CAPS; et al.:

PROGRAM CHANGES:
* The BBG proposes the following reductions in the support area: reduction of contracting costs by 4 percent throughout the Agency through efficiencies; sale of a former transmitting site in Erching, Germany [which one is that by a name we recognize?];

CLOSING THE GREENVILLE TRANSMITTING STATION;

restructuring operations at overseas transmitting stations; reduction of IBB Engineering support positions and IBB general operating expenses; and reduction of BCI maintenance and repair budget.
(page 24)

FY 2011 Program Decreases

Transmission

The BBG proposes restructuring operations at some of its overseas transmitting stations. The BBG will retain ownership of these facilities; however, it would turn over operations of these sites to a third party on a fee-for-service basis ($1.5 million).

THE BBG ALSO PROPOSES TO CLOSE ITS GREENVILLE TRANSMITTING STATION ($3.2 MILLION).

In addition, the proposed FY 2011 reductions to and eliminations of language services will reduce transmission costs by ($.91 million).

Operating Expenses and Contractual Services

The FY 2011 request for Engineering and Technical Services includes a reduction in positions and operating expenses ($2.3 million) as well as a reduction in contractual services through improved practices ($.8 million).
(page 75)

Engineering and Technical Services
Summary of Increases and Decreases
FY 2010- FY 2011
($ in thousands):

FY 2011 Net Program Changes + (3,135)
Program Decreases - (8,710)

Reflects the following reductions to base operations:
A) TRANSMISSION NETWORK REDUCTION (GREENVILLE STATION) ( 3,149)
b) Reduce support positions and operating expenses ( 2,330)
c) Consolidate services at BBG transmitting stations with other
Western international broadcasters ( 1,500)
d) Eliminate VOA Croatian, VOA Greek; reduce VOA Persian News Network;
end MBN Alhurra Europe (910)
e) Reduce Agency contract costs by 4% through improved efficiencies
(821)
(page 77)

Engineering and Technical Services
Summary of Funds FY 2009 - FY 2011 ($ in thousands)

2009 2010 2011 Increase or
Actual Estimate Request Decrease (-)

Domestic Transmitting Stations
Greenville 4,496 4,874 1,812 (3,062)
Tinian 7,974 8,875 9,008 133
Total, Domestic Stations 12,470 13,749 10,820 (2,929)

Overseas Transmitting Stations
Afghanistan 1,809 3,885 3,031 (854)
Botswana 1,660 1,945 2,066 121
Germany 9,144 11,237 11,417 180
Kuwait 4,485 4,940 5,121 181
Philippines 5,721 5,747 6,026 279
Sao Tome 3,189 3,392 3,706 314
Sri Lanka 2,991 3,043 2,419 (624)
Thailand 3,931 3,882 3,310 (572)
Total, Overseas Stations 32,930 38,071 37,096 (975)
Monitors 1,098 1,249 1,291 42

TOTAL, ENGINEERING AND TECHNICAL
SERVICES 169,630 189,839 190,724 885
(page 78)
(extracted by Glenn Hauser for DX LISTENING DIGEST)

It is interesting to note the last item above, that BBG spends over a megadollar per year on Monitors, i.e. paying some names you would know as DXers to be official monitors; how many of them are there, for an average salary? They also get perqs such as monitoring equipment, occasional visits to the USA.

You will note that there are still some funds for Greenville; of course the site will need to be maintained in some form for a while once it is off the air, until it can be disposed of (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

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