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)
By Robert Brodsky, Government Executive, January 26, 2011
Recent proposals from the Center for American Progress, a progressive Washington think tank, could offer a glimpse of possible outcomes of a proposed reorganization effort that could lead to the merger and consolidation of several federal agencies. During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama announced that he would embark on one of the most aggressive federal reorganization efforts in decades to eliminate redundancy in government operations. Obama outlined the principles behind his proposed reorganization effort, noting that 12 different agencies deal with exports while at least five others have their hand in housing policy. …
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- Obama wants to consolidate and reorganize agencies (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Obama wants to consolidate and reorganize agencies – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- But Seriously, Mr. President, About Those Salmon … (news.sciencemag.org)
- Chris Weigant: Obama’s New Ideas (huffingtonpost.com)
- SOTU II: Save Obama First! (newsweek.com)