FY 2012 Appropriations Bill for National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Publication date: 
21 November 2011
Number: 
139

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On Friday, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 2112 which contains  funding for the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and  Technology (NIST).  Accompanying this  bill is the Joint Explanatory Statement of the Committee of Conference, which  is the second section of House Report 112-284.  There is little guidance in the Statement  regarding NIST on PDF page 222.

Note that introductory language in the Statement includes the  following:

“The committee of conference approves report language included in House Report 112–169  or Senate Report 112–78 that is not changed by the conference. The  statement of managers, while repeating some language for emphasis, is not  intended to negate the language referred to above unless expressly provided  herein. In cases where both the House and Senate reports address a particular  issue not specifically addressed in the conference report or joint statement of  managers, the conferees have determined the House report and the Senate report  are not inconsistent and are to be interpreted accordingly.”

NIST  (total):

The  FY 2011 budget was $750.1 million     The  Administration requested $1,001.1 million     The  FY 2012 appropriation provides $750.8 million, an increase of $0.7 million or 0.1  percent

There  is no introductory Statement guidance language regarding NIST.

Scientific  and Technical Research and Services:

The  FY 2011 budget was $507.0 million     The  Administration requested $678.9 million     The  FY 2012 appropriation provides $567.0 million, an increase of $60.0 million or 11.8  percent

The  Statement explains:

“The  conference agreement includes . . .  $10,000,000 for a Cybersecurity Center of  Excellence and $16,500,000 for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in  Cyberspace. The conferees do  not adopt Senate language regarding specific direction pertaining to greenhouse  gas measurements but do encourage NIST to pursue research in this area.”

Industrial  Technology Services:

The  conference agreement provides funding for only the Manufacturing Extension  Partnership Program, as follows:

The  FY 2011 budget was $173.3 million     The  Administration requested $237.6 million     The  FY 2012 appropriation provides $128.4 million, a decrease of $44.8 million or 25.9  percent

No  appropriation was made for the Technology Innovation Program, the Baldrige  Performance Excellence Program, or Advanced Manufacturing Technology  Consortia. 

There  is no Statement guidance language regarding Industrial Technology Services.

Construction  of Research Facilities:

The  FY 2011 budget was $69.9 million     The  Administration requested $84.6 million     The  FY 2012 appropriation provides $55.4 million, a decrease of $14.5 million or 20.7  percent          The  Statement explains:  

"The  conferees do not adopt House language designating funds for ongoing  construction projects but expect NIST to continue to submit quarterly reports  on the status of all construction projects as directed by the Senate.”

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