Budget/Sequestration

One of the most important hearings for the National Science Foundation was held yesterday by the Senate, VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. The hearing produced both good news and bad news.

27 Feb 2004

Under President Bush's FY 2005 budget request, federal programs to improve science and math education would undergo significant changes. The request would begin a phase-out of the NSF Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) and shift them to another Activity within NSF. While funding for the complementary MSP program at the Education Department (ED) would be increased, the increase would be targeted to high school mathematics.

10 Feb 2004

To support his new vision for space exploration, President Bush has requested $16,244 million for NASA in FY 2005. This represents an increase of $866 million, or 5.6%, over current-year funding of $15,378 million. Programs and priorities within NASA have been reorganized to reflect the President's vision, "which is to advance U.S. scientific, security and economic interests through a robust space exploration program [that is] affordable, fiscally responsible, and sustainable," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe.

9 Feb 2004

Characterizing the FY 2005 science and technology budget request that was sent to Congress on Monday is a classic example of a glass being viewed as half-full or half-empty. Although some components of the S&T budget request are up, others are down, or at least disappointing. Contrast the remarks made by OSTP Director John Marburger: "I think we have a good story here," with those of House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) who said, "I am very disappointed in the proposed science budget . . . we just have to find a way to do better."

4 Feb 2004

Yesterday the Senate passed the $820 billion omnibus appropriations bill, and sent it on to President Bush for his signature. With this action the FY 2004 budget cycle that began almost one year ago was completed. Details of the appropriations bills for various physics-related programs can be found on the AIP Science Policy Budget Information site at http://www.aip.org/gov/budginfo.htmlNote that program content sometimes changes, especially in the case of NASA.

23 Jan 2004

The Department of Energy's Office of Science will receive a 0.9% increase in its total budget for FY 2006. Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairmen Pete Domenici (R-NM) and David Hobson (R-OH) and their colleagues have completed work on their FY 2006 funding bill, H.R. 2419. This bill has been approved by the House, and is awaiting action on the Senate floor.

10 Nov 2005

The House and Senate will soon cast their final up-or-down votes
on the FY 2006 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Act. H.R. 2360 establishes a new Domestic Nuclear Detection
Office with an overall budget of $318 million, of which $125.0
million is for "testing, development, and deployment of
radiation portal monitors at the Nation's ports-of-entry." The
FY 2006 budget for "Research, Development, Acquisition, and
Operations" under the Science and Technology Directorate, which

6 Oct 2005

The new fiscal year starts on October 1, and only two of the appropriations bills have been signed into law. With the exception of the appropriation for the U.S. Geological Survey, none of the bills funding physical and astronomical sciences or K-12 math and science education have been passed.

Below is a recap of where these bills stand. The AIP Government Relations website at http://aip.org/gov categorizes budget-related FYIs by agency or department on an on-going basis; see Budget Information.

15 Sep 2005

The first appropriations bill to be completed and voted on in the FY 2006 budget cycle was the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. H.R. 2361, approved yesterday evening by a vote of 410 yes to 10 no, provides funding for the U.S. Geological Survey. This bill, which is now on the Senate floor for an up-or-down vote, and which will then be sent to President George Bush, provides an overall increase of 4.2% or $39.5 million.

29 Jul 2005

Work is starting on the budget that President Bush will send to Congress in seven months. In a July 8 memo entitled, "FY 2007 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities," Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Marburger and Office of Management and Budget Director Joshua Bolten provide six pages of guidance to the heads of executive departments and agencies.

18 Jul 2005

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