Budget/Sequestration

FY 1998 Dept. Of Defense Budget Request: Basic & Applied Research FYIis expanding its coverage to include the Department of Defense's basic research and applied research budget requests, and subsequent congressional activity. Including other spending, such as development, equipment, and facilities, DOD provides the largest amount of federal R&D funding.

25 Feb 1997

Education and Human Resources, Major Research Equipment This FYI briefly summarizes the FY 1998 Education and Human Resources Activity and Major Research Equipment budget requests of the National Science Foundation. Quotations are from NSF's FY 1998 budget request to Congress. Note that dollar figures in this series of FYIs are not adjusted for inflation.

EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES:

"The FY 1998 Budget Request for Education and Human Resources is $625.50 million, an increase of $6.50 million, or 1.1%, from the FY 1997 Current Plan of $619.0 million."

21 Feb 1997

Engineering, Geosciences, U.S. Polar Programs This FYI briefly summarizes the FY 1998 budget requests for the Engineering Activity, the Geosciences Activity, and U.S. Polar Programs of the National Science Foundation. Quotations are from NSF's FY 1998 budget request to Congress. Note that dollar figures in this series of FYIs are not adjusted for inflation.

ENGINEERING ACTIVITY:

20 Feb 1997

The NASA FY 1998 request includes enhanced funding for the "Origins" program, described in background material as "a unifying theme" for space science focused on "the origin and evolution of the Universe, and about the possibility of life elsewhere..." Current and future planned missions include Hubble Space Telescope upgrades; the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility; the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF--a new start, scheduled for launch in 2001); the Cassini mission to Saturn, to be launched in October 1997; the Relativity Mission/Gravity Probe-B, scheduled for launch in October

12 Feb 1997

The NASA FY 1998 request includes enhanced funding for the "Origins" program, described in background material as "a unifying theme" for space science focused on "the origin and evolution of the Universe, and about the possibility of life elsewhere..." Current and future planned missions include Hubble Space Telescope upgrades; the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility; the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF--a new start, scheduled for launch in 2001); the Cassini mission to Saturn, to be launched in October 1997; the Relativity Mission/Gravity Probe-B, scheduled for launch in October

12 Feb 1997

The major news in NASA's fiscal year 1998 budget request is the absence of an anticipated plunge in funding beginning in FY 1998. Instead, the budget request projects what NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin referred to as "stable funding for the next five years." This funding, Goldin said at NASA's February 6 budget briefing, "shows the commitment this Administration has to science and technology."

12 Feb 1997

"The United States simply does not spend enough on basic research." With these words, Senator Phil Gramm (R-Texas) on January 21 introduced a bill that would permit the doubling of federal spending on non-defense R&D over the next ten years, "from $32.5 billion in fiscal year 1997 to $65 billion in fiscal year 2007." The "National Research Investment Act of 1997" (S. 124), cosponsored by Republicans Connie Mack of Florida and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, would specify annual authorization levels for a collection of programs encompassing most federal R&D activities.

28 Jan 1997

Looking back at appropriations over several years - in constant dollars - gives a perspective on funding trends for a program or agency. Below, for selected programs, the fiscal year 1996 and fiscal year 1999 appropriations are compared. The appropriations levels for FY 1996 have been adjusted for inflation, and are shown in (estimated) constant 1999 dollars, based on Department of Commerce deflators. The selected agencies and programs are ranked by how their budgets have grown in real terms over the three year period.

1 Dec 1998

Looking back at appropriations over several years - in constant dollars - gives a perspective on funding trends for a program or agency. Below, for selected programs, the fiscal year 1996 and fiscal year 1999 appropriations are compared. The appropriations levels for FY 1996 have been adjusted for inflation, and are shown in (estimated) constant 1999 dollars, based on Department of Commerce deflators. The selected agencies and programs are ranked by how their budgets have grown in real terms over the three year period.

1 Dec 1998

"I've never been moved by the idea that you should double anything," OMB Director Jack Lew told the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) last Thursday. With his comments, and those of NSF Director Rita Colwell at a separate meeting later that day, it looks like next year will be another year of hard work for those advocating strong federal R&D budgets

24 Nov 1998

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