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The White House has threatened to veto the FY 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill that the full House of Representatives is now considering.  A Statement of Administration Policy issued today by the Office of Management and Budget on H.R. 4923 declares:

9 Jul 2014

The House and Senate have returned to Washington after the July 4 recess with relatively few legislative days to pass FY 2015 funding bills before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.  After a surprisingly promising start to this year’s appropriations process with senior congressional leaders predicting that at least some of the twelve bills would be enacted to avoid stop-gap funding legislation, the outlook is now highly uncertain. 

8 Jul 2014

“These reports confirm our worst fears: that the incidents at Langley and Ames are not isolated incidences” said Space Subcommittee Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) at a hearing on security procedures at NASA’s centers.  Among the findings of these reports investigating NASA’s security protocols were confusing and sometimes bureaucratic procedures and uneven and uncoordinated application of these procedures to protect the agency’s sensitive information.  Importantly, the investigations did not reveal intentional disregard of security protocols.

2 Jul 2014