Budget/Sequestration

About six weeks ago, the Clinton Administration sent its FY 2000 budget to Capitol Hill. The House Science Committee has responded with a document entitled "Views and Estimates of the Committee on Science for Fiscal Year 2000." The conclusion as expressed by committee chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI): "The report's minimum three percent increase for science programs illustrates this Committee's determination to provide responsible and realistic funding increases for science."This minimum 3 percent increase is in line with the Clinton Administration's request.

16 Mar 1999

Meeting on February 22, the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) heard several presentations on the Administration's FY 2000 budget request for R&D. The speakers represented different perspectives, but the message was always the same: the economic outlook is good, but budget caps on appropriations will force science to compete for funds against many other important programs.

24 Feb 1999

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a part of the Department of Commerce. In presenting the FY 2000 budget request for his department, Commerce Secretary William Daley declared that "we are in a new era, with a new kind of economy one driven by technology. In the 21st century, to be economically competitive, all Americans and all American businesses must be technologically sophisticated." It is the role of NIST to assist the U.S. business community by helping develop technological advances and by providing the infrastructure necessary to exploit them.

12 Feb 1999

As reported in FYI #21, NASA's FY 2000 budget request totals $13,578.4 million, a decrease of $86.6 million, or 0.6 percent, from the FY 1999 appropriation of $13,665.0 million. Within the Science, Aeronautics and Technology account, the budgets for space and Earth sciences would both increase, while Life and Microgravity sciences, and aerospace technology, would decrease. The International Space Station (ISS) account would go up by 7.7 percent to $2,482.7 million.

8 Feb 1999

Defense Secretary Bill Cohen started his briefing this week with the words, "The central aim of the fiscal 2000 budget is to preserve America's military strength." The budget request calls for a $12.6 billion increase in defense spending over previously planned levels, part of a $112 billion increase in DOD resources from FY 2000 to FY 2005. This would be the first sustained increase since the end of the Cold War. The total DOD request is $267.2 billion.

Few FY 2000 Basic and Applied Research accounts would increase, and many would fall:

5 Feb 1999

FYI is breaking away from its coverage of the FY 2000 budget request to alert its readers to the following notice published in today's issue of the Federal Register. It is quoted in its entirety.

4 Feb 1999

FYI #14 provided an overview of the FY 2000 budget request for the Department of Energy. Below are excerpts from DOE's "Budget Highlights" document, describing details of the request for the Basic Energy Sciences (BES) and Fusion Energy Sciences programs. BES funding will go up significantly, largely because of an increase for construction of the Spallation Neutron Source. BES also would receive some new money for presidential initiatives on information technology and climate change technology.

3 Feb 1999

FYI #14 provided an overview of the FY 2000 budget request for the Department of Energy. Below are excerpts from DOE's "Budget Highlights" document, describing details of the request for the High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics programs. Both programs would receive small increases which do not keep pace with inflation. High Energy Physics will see increased operation of the Fermilab Main Injector and the B-Factory at SLAC, offset in part by transfer of Alternating Gradient Synchrotron operations to Nuclear Physics.

3 Feb 1999

One of the Clinton Administration's major science and technology initiatives in the FY 2000 budget request to be sent to Congress will be a $366 million, or 28%, increase, in information technology research. The program, called "Information Technology for the Twenty-First Century," or IT2, will (according to a draft administration document) support the following types of activities:

"Long-term information technology research that will lead to fundamental breakthroughs in computing and communications,"

28 Jan 1999

"To alter the rules that the scientific community has operated under for decades without providing them an opportunity to speak to the need for this change or to participate in developing it, is not only unwise, it is unfair." --Rep. George E. Brown, Jr. (D-CA

15 Jan 1999

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