Budget/Sequestration

Up 13.6% Congress has passed and sent to President Clinton the FY 2001 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill. The National Science Foundation's budget was increased by 13.6%, an amount which NSF Director Rita Colwell said "represents the largest dollar increase the Foundation has ever received, in real or constant dollars."

For perspective on this increase, note that a year ago, Congress approved an 8.4% increase for NSF. For FY 2001, the president requested a 17.1% increase.

25 Oct 2000

An unexpected outcome in the FY 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act was the appropriators' decision to provide no money for the U.S. contribution to ITER. In addition, the Explanatory Statement directed that "Funding may not be reprogrammed from other activities within Fusion Energy Sciences to restore the U.S. contribution to ITER."The Administration requested $160.0 million. As reported in FYI #2, appropriators provided "$10,724,000 for Enabling R&D for ITER."

8 Jan 2008

The White House has issued a hard-hitting release critical of the S&T related appropriations bills that are now making their way through the House and Senate. Interspersed throughout this release are references to physical sciences.

23 Jun 2000

Request Stressing the dual themes of "fiscal discipline" and science as an investment for future generations, Acting Department of Energy Secretary Charles B. Curtis described, on February 6, DOE's FY 1998 budget request, up 2.6% from the current year. There are four major components of the $16.6 billion "core budget" request:
Environmental Quality - $6.3 billion or 38% of the request
National Security - $5.6 billion or 34%
Science and Technology - $2.5 billion or 15%
Energy Resources - $1.9 billion or 12%

11 Feb 1997

On February 6, the Clinton Administration sent its FY 1998 budget request to Congress. The Administration is walking a tightrope between efforts to balance the budget by 2002, rising entitlement costs, and providing money for discretionary areas of the budget such as science and technology. This FYI is the first of a series detailing the Administration's request in areas of particular interest to the physics community.

10 Feb 1997

On June 7, the full House Appropriations Committee marked up H.R. 4635, the FY 2001 VA/HUD appropriations bill. Under the bill, NASA would receive $13,713.6 million, an increase of 0.8 percent over the agency's FY 2000 budget, but 2.3 percent less than the Administration's FY 2001 request. Below are the Committee's recommendations for selected accounts within NASA, and related quotes from its report (H. Rpt. 106-674). Space science and life and microgravity science would see substantial increases over current funding.

16 Jun 2000

Running counter to concerns expressed in Congress that the federal government may be paying too much to reimburse universities for overhead costs, a new report from RAND finds that reimbursement rates for university overhead have remained constant for over a decade, university overhead costs are lower than those at federal or private labs, universities share a portion of those costs, and the imposition of more limitations on reimbursement may have damaging consequences.

16 Aug 2000

Positive S&T Numbers The FY 2001 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill is nearing completion With a single exception, the Defense Science and Technology (6.1, 6.2, and 6.3) numbers are positive, with some increases being in the double digits.

25 Jul 2000

When President Clinton meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a June summit in Moscow, one of the topics for discussion will be a US national missile defense (NMD) system, and possible revisions to the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. While the Russians have been reluctant to consider revising the treaty to permit US construction of such a defensive shield, there are also questions and concerns about the proposed system closer to home.

17 May 2000

The draft report language by the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee delivers the bad news early under the section entitled Science: "Severely constrained spending limits for fiscal year 2001 have forced the Committee into very difficult decisions regarding many otherwise outstanding programs and initiatives under the Office of Science.

17 Jul 2000

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