Commons Lab, Woodrow Wilson Center, October 2012
In the midst of California’s severe budget crisis, essential services faced deep cuts, school years were shortened, and public discontent with the budget process was at an all-time high. Against pressure to make similar, sweeping budget cuts and risk public backlash, the city of San Jose took a novel approach: They gave their citizens control of the reins to help them understand what it meant to run a city. San Jose partnered with nonprofit software company Every Voice Engaged to create a budget simulator game, which groups of citizens would play to express their preferences to the government. While games have often been used by decision-makers to simulate difficult problems and identify an effective solution, the city of San Jose knew that by putting its citizens in the policymakers’ shoes, they could build an appreciation for the tradeoffs that go into designing a budget. This exercise proved highly successful, and elicited levels of civic engagement at the local level that the city of San Jose will continue to leverage for future projects.
For the full text of this interview, please visit the Commons Lab Blog.
On Monday, April 11, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the bill to fund the federal government for the last half of FY 2011. This bill will be taken up in the House on April 13th and in the Senate on April 14th, and then sent to the President for his signature, hopefully before the midnight deadline on Friday, April 15th. If passed, non-defense funding levels will be reduced by a 0.2 percent across-the-board cut to achieve savings of approximately $1.1 billion. Specific details on programmatic cuts for Federal R&D can be found in the articles blow:
Text of the Legislation:
A summary of the legislation:
R&D in the FY 2011 Compromise
by Patrick Clemins, Ph.D., AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program, April 13, 2011
Congress released their year-long continuing resolution for FY 2011 this morning which contains a total of around $38.5 billion in cuts, the largest collection of spending cuts in history. R&D intensive programs and agencies were spared the worst of the cuts. Basic research programs faired the best, while applied research programs, especially at the Department of Energy did less well, accurately reflecting the current policy debates taking place. Basic research generally has broad, bi-partisan support, but there is discussion as to how much the federal government should be involved in applied research and the role of industry in funding the applied research stage of the innovation pipeline.
For full text of the article and other related resources, visit: http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/
FYI #48: Details of Final FY 2011 Appropriations Bill Emerging
By Richard Jones, American Institute of Physics
Total FY 2011 funding will be $78.5 billion less than that requested by the Obama Administration. … A release from the Senate Appropriations Committee states, “as these cuts must be implemented in just the remaining six months of the fiscal year, their impact will be especially painful in some instances.” The below figures, provided by the House Appropriations Committee, do not include the 0.2 percent across the board cut that was made to all non-defense accounts. In all instances, reductions from current FY 2010 levels are shown, and the numbers are rounded. It should also be noted that the House Appropriations statement explains: “This list contains highlighted program cuts. This list is not comprehensive of all program funding levels in the legislation.”
National Science Foundation
Research and Related Activities: Down $43 million
Education and Human Resources: Down $10 million
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Education: Down $38 million
Cross Agency Support: Down $83 million
U.S. Geological Survey: Down $26 million
For full text of the article, visit: http://www.aip.org/fyi/2011/048.html
- AGU Science Policy Website
- Summary Analysis of the President’s FY 2012 Budget Request for Federal Research and Education Programs, Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC, February 14, 2011
- Lewis-Burke Associates Research & Education Policy Analysis Webpage
- As Congress Slashes EPA Budget, Research Least Harmed (news.sciencemag.org)
- Defense Spending Rises In Budget Bills, Despite U.S. Drawdown In … (huffingtonpost.com)
- Research Survives in 2011 Budget After Earlier Scare (news.sciencemag.org)
- Blog – Is the Death of Intel Research a Harbinger of Doom for Privately-Funded Technology Research? (technologyreview.com)
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)