FYI#15, API Bulletin on Science Policy News, Richard Jones, February 11, 2011
FYI #13 outlined a series of budgetary changes that the House Appropriations Committee had proposed to reduce FY 2011 funding by $74 billion from the amount requested by the Administration. Since that plan was announced, fiscally-conservative Republicans have demanded further cuts in the FY 2011 budget. In response, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) released the below statement yesterday about the Continuing Resolution (CR) that is scheduled to be brought to the House floor next week. This bill will continue funding after a stop gap measure expires on March 4.
“My Committee has been working diligently to go line-by-line in every agency budget to find and cut unnecessary spending to reduce our deficit and help our economy thrive. After meeting with my subcommittee Chairs, we have determined that the CR can and will reach a total of $100 billion in cuts compared to the President’s request immediately — fully meeting the goal outlined in the Republican ‘Pledge to America’ in one fell swoop. Our intent is to make deep but manageable cuts in nearly every area of government, leaving no stone unturned and allowing no agency or program to be held sacred. I have instructed my committee to include these deeper cuts, and we are continuing to work to complete this critical legislation.” …
For full text of the article, visit Congressional Reaction to Proposed Spending Changes.
FYI#15, API Bulletin of Science Policy News, Richard Jones, February 10, 2011
Next week the House of Representatives may vote on a funding bill that would make significant changes in some S&T agency budgets. Under an initial version of this bill:
* The budget for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science would be reduced by 18.0 percent or $882.3 million from the current level.
* Funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology would be cut by 14.4 percent or $123.7 million.
* NASA’s budget would remain essentially level, declining 0.6 percent or $103 million.
* The budget for the U.S. Geological Survey would also remain level, declining 0.5 percent or $5.3 million.
* The National Science Foundation’s budget would increase 6.0 percent or $412.9 million.
These changes were in a list of seventy proposed budget recommendations released yesterday by the House Appropriations Committee that were projected to total $74 billion. Additional budget cuts will be made in the bill before it goes to the full House. Chairman Rogers just announced that these cuts will total $100 billion from what President Obama requested. That forthcoming bill – a continuing resolution or CR – would provide funding after an existing short-term bill expires on March 4.
Administration Looks Ahead to FY 2012 Budget Release
by Richard Jones, FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, Number 10, Feb 1, 2011
Yesterday the White House announced that the Administration will send its FY 2012 budget request to Congress on Monday, February 14. The submission is a week later than usual because the confirmation of the new director of the Office of Management and Budget was delayed. The development of the budget request was undoubtedly made more difficult because Congress has not passed any of the FY 2011 appropriations bills. Making it even more complicated is the effort being made by House Republicans to reduce FY 2011 spending to FY 2008 levels. President Obama recommended in his State of the Union that non-security spending be frozen for five years except for defense, homeland security, and veterans’ programs. Importantly, he advocated that government spending increase for science and education. Following the speech, the White House released a document providing additional detail about the FY 2012 budget request, selections of which follow…
For full text of the article, visit Administration Looks Ahead to FY 2012 Budget Release.
- State Of The Union: The Fight To Freeze Spending (blogs.forbes.com)
1. Senate Committe on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Hearing on FY 2011 Deptartment of Interior Budget, held on March 9, 2010
The President’s budget for USGS proposes a $3.5 million cut in the National Geospatial Program. Full details are in the FY2011 USGS Greenbook, p. I-29.
2. House Agriculture Committee, Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry. Hearing Re: To review USDA’s information technology systems, held on March 10, 2010. Professor Will Craig testified on the importance of NAIP. Witnesses Opening Statements and Transcript (when published).
Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) FY 2011 Budget Briefing
Date: February 1, 2010, Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm, AAAS Auditorium
John P. Holdren – Director and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
Aneesh Chopra – Chief Technology Officer and Associate
Director, Technology Shere Abbott – OSTP Associate Director, Energy & Environment
Arden Bement – NSF Director
Jane Lubchenco – NOAA Administrator
Lori Garver – NASA Deputy Administrator
Briefing Memos can be found at: http://www.ostp.gov/cs/rd_budgets/fy_2009_budget/2011_budget
OMB President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2011: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/
Agency FY 2011 Budget Briefing Schedule
The schedule of other agency FY 2011 budget briefings can be found at http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/fy2011/
Stay on top of the FY 2011 budget process with Twitter updates from the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program: http://twitter.com/AAAS_RDBudget
“The Obama Administration’s FY2011 Budget calls for $66 billion investment in nondefense research and development (R&D) – an increase of $3.7 billion or 5.9 percent above the FY2010 enacted level – reflecting the Administration’s firm belief that investment in science, technology, and innovation is the key to building the American Economy of the future.”
“The President’s Budget maintains, as promised, a path to double the budgets of three key science agencies – the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratories – by providing them a combined $13.3 billion, an increase of $824 million or 6.6 percent above the 2010 enacted total;”
“The Presiden’ts Budget provides almost $1 billion t the R&D budget of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration – a substantial increase over 2010 – and also calls for $2.6 billion – an increase of $439 million or 21 percent – to multi-agency U.S. Global change Research Program (USGCRP), affirming the Administration’s commitment to understanding the risks posed by climate change and developing appropriate strategices to mitigate and adapt to those risks.”
“The President’s Budget provides $679 million for the Interior Department’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).”