Issue Brief 16-15
March 28, 2016

On March 18, 2016, the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service released payments for the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program for fiscal year (FY) 2015. These payments are awarded to rural counties for building schools and maintaining infrastructure. SRS payments for FY 2015—the last year of the program’s current authorization—total $272 million, a -4% change from FY 2014. This Issue Brief provides a summary of the FY 2015 payments.