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The Numbers: NASA FY 2013 Operating Plan

Richard M. Jones
Number 141 - September 24, 2013  |  Search FYI  |   FYI Archives  |   Subscribe to FYI

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The review of federal science and technology agency budgets has been made more difficult this year because of uncertainties about how mandatory reductions due to the Budget Control Act would be applied to various programs.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released its FY 2013 Operating Plan that provides final numbers after accounting for the mandatory reductions.  These FY 2013 numbers are useful for drawing comparisons with the Administration’s FY 2014 budget request, the House Appropriations Committee’s recommendation, and the Senate Appropriations Committee’s recommendations.

Total NASA:

The FY 2013 operating plan budget (including the mandatory reduction) is $16,865.2 million
The FY 2014 request is $17,715.4 million, an increase of $850.2 million or 5.0 percent
The Senate recommendation is $18,010.3 million, an increase of $1,145.1 million or 6.8 percent
The House recommendation is $16,598.3 million, a decrease of $266.9 million or 1.6 percent

Science:  

The FY 2013 operating plan budget is $4,781.6 million
The FY 2014 request is $5,017.8 million, an increase of $236.2 million or 4.9 percent
The Senate recommendation is $5,154.2 million, an increase of $372.6 million or 7.8 percent
The House recommendation is $4,781.0 million, which is level funding

Aeronautics:

The FY 2013 operating plan budget is $529.5 million
The FY 2014 request is $565.7 million, an increase of $36.2 million or 6.8 percent
The Senate recommendation is $558.7 million, an increase of $29.2 million or 5.5 percent
The House recommendation is $566.0 million, an increase of $36.5 million or 6.9 percent

Space Technology:

The FY 2013 operating plan budget is $614.5 million
The FY 2014 request is $742.6 million, an increase of $128.1 million or 2.1 percent
The Senate recommendation is $670.1 million, an increase of $55.6 million or 9.1percent
The House recommendation is $576.0 million, a decrease of $38.5 million or 6.3 percent

Exploration:

The FY 2013 operating plan budget is $3,705.5 million
The FY 2014 request is $3,915.5 million, an increase of $209.9 million or 5.7 percent
The Senate recommendation is $4,209.3 million, an increase of $503.8 million or 13.6 percent
The House recommendation is $3,612.0 million, a decrease of $93.6 million or 2.5 percent

Space Operations:

The FY 2013 operating plan budget is $3,724.9 million
The FY 2014 request is $3,882.9 million, an increase of $158.0 million or 4.2 percent
The Senate recommendation is $3,882.9 million, an increase of $158.0 million or 4.2 percent
The House recommendation is $3,670.0 million, a decrease of $54.9 million or 1.5 percent

Education:

The FY 2013 operating plan budget is $116.3 million
The FY 2014 request is $94.2 million, a decrease of $22.1 million or 19.0 percent
The Senate recommendation is $116.6 million, which is level funding
The House recommendation is $122.0 million, an increase of $5.7 million or 4.9 percent

Cross Agency Support:

The FY 2013 operating plan budget is $2,711.0 million
The FY 2014 request is $2,850.3 million, an increase of $139.3 million or 5.1 percent
The Senate recommendation is $2,793.6 million, an increase of $82.6 million or 3.1 percent
The House recommendation is $2,711.0 million, which is level funding

Richard M. Jones
Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics
rjones@aip.org
301-209-3095