Budget/Sequestration

The FY 2011 budget for the Department of Defense would increase by 2.2 percent under the Obama Administration’s request, from $693.3 billion to $708.2 billion.  Spending for the three defense science and technology programs would decline by 12.5 percent.

12 Feb 2010

Correction: In FYI  #17, NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate Edward J.  Weiler’s name was misspelled.  FYI  regrets this error.

While there are over 100 separate science, technology, engineering, and  mathematics (STEM) education programs supported by the federal government, primary  support for STEM educators and students comes through the Department of  Education and the National Science Foundation.

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4 Feb 2010

The Administration’s $19 billion fiscal year  2011 NASA budget request   dramatically reorients NASA’s priorities, providing increases to key Science  Mission Directorate divisions, refocusing NASA’s climate monitoring  responsibilities, and cuts spending on the much debated Constellation program.
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Total NASA:

Up 1.5 percent or $276 million from $18,724 million to $19,000 million.
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even major sections within the NASA’s  budget request are:

4 Feb 2010

“The Obama Administration is committed to scientific discovery and continued American leadership in innovation.” - Office of Science and Technology Policy

2 Feb 2010

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3 Nov 2011

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Yesterday  the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction held a public hearing to  receive testimony from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf.  This hearing focused on defense and  nondefense discretionary spending, which is determined through annual appropriations  bills.

27 Oct 2011

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In an effort to get the FY  2012 appropriations bills passed, the Senate is taking a new approach by  bundling three of the twelve funding measures into a single bill.  One of those three bills is the FY 2012  Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.  The Senate considered this legislation during  several days of floor debate last week, with a final vote on passage scheduled  for next week.

25 Oct 2011

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“At this level, NSF would  fund nearly 1,500 fewer research and education grants, supporting approximately  18,000 fewer researchers, students, and technical support personnel than it did  in FY 2011.” – House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Norm Dicks

19 Oct 2011

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Yesterday a key House appropriator  chided the Obama Administration for not specifying what budget reductions it  was willing to make to other programs to offset the cost of the James Webb  Space Telescope (JWST).  Frank Wolf  (R-VA), chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,  Science and Related Agencies wrote to Office of Management and Budget Director  Jacob Lew that:

29 Sep 2011

Approximately  five months from now President Barack Obama will send his FY 2013 budget  request to Congress.  The request will be  bound by the provisions of the Budget Control Act that the President signed  into law early last month limiting discretionary spending to $1.047 trillion, a  level that is 0.4 percent over than that for FY 2012.

2 Sep 2011

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