National Science Foundation Director Rita Colwell completed her testimony before congressional appropriators on Tuesday with her appearance before the Senate VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. Joining Colwell at the witness table was OSTP Director Neal Lane. This was a friendly, low-key event, with the administration's proposed Information Technology initiative a much-discussed item.
An important hearing was held yesterday on the National Science Foundation's FY 2000 request. It was the first time that new NSF Director Rita Colwell testified before the House VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. Subcommittee chairman James T. Walsh (R-NY) is also new to his position. This was an interesting hearing, touching on topics as diverse as the mix of federal R&D funding, the proposed NSF budget that the Office of Management and Budget cut, and questions about moving EPA's research to NSF.
Many federal department and agency program budgets contain a math and science education component. Two of the largest programs are found within the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation.
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Under the Administration's request, the FY 2000 budget for Eisenhower Professional Development State Grants would remain level at $335.0 million -- unchanged from this year or 1998.
"We're pleased with the support we've received from the Administration," said NSF Director Rita Colwell, describing the 5.8% increase requested for the FY 2000 National Science Foundation budget. Spending "caps left very little room for expansion across the government," she added.
NSF is requesting $3.954 billion for the fiscal year starting October 1. Of that, $3.004 billion is slated for its Research and Related Activities account, a 6.9% increase. This increase is on the high-end of all R&D budget requests.
NRC Committee Recommends Separate NSF, NASA Astronomy Programs "The National Science Foundation's astronomy and astrophysics responsibilities should not be transferred to NASA," an NRC committee recommended in a report issued today. Rather, the committee favors the establishment of an interagency planning board for the development of a "single integrated strategy" for the research supported by both agencies.
As noted in FYIs #97 and 98, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have released their reports accompanying the FY 2002 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bills. Below is the full report language pertaining to Education and Human Resources from House Report 107-159 and Senate Report 107-43. Readers wishing to view the entire text of both reports may do so here.
As noted in FYI #97, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have released their reports accompanying the FY 2002 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bills. Below is the full report language pertaining to Major Research Equipment, excerpted from House Report 107-159 and Senate Report 107-43. Readers wishing to view the entire text of both reports may do so here.