In almost every year since 2007, Congress appropriated less money for diplomatic security than had been requested. In FY2012, the State Department sought $2.9 billion for security, and Congress enacted $2.6 billion.
The diplomatic security function, including its funding profile, was discussed in the light of recent attacks of U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya and elsewhere in a new report from the Congressional Research Service. See Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad: Background and Policy Issues, November 26, 2012.
Some other new and updated CRS reports that have not been made publicly available include the following.
Panama: Political and Economic Conditions and U.S. Relations, November 27, 2012
The Judgment Fund: History, Administration, and Common Usage, November 26, 2012
Financing the U.S. Trade Deficit, November 16, 2012
Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations, November 27, 2012