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Yesterday afternoon the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee met to review the FY 2016 budget request for NASA.  The hearing was friendly and low-key, with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden as the only witness to discuss the $18,529.1 million request, up $518.9 million or 2.8 percent over the current budget. 

17 Apr 2015

NASA has always enjoyed strong and bipartisan support from House and Senate appropriators.  That support increased this year when Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) assumed the chairmanship of the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee.  Culberson replaces Frank Wolf (R-VA) who retired at the end of the last session of Congress.

12 Mar 2015

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel submitted the 2014 annual report to Congress on January 28.  Established in 1968, the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel is charged with evaluating NASA’s safety and performance.  Included in the report is information gathered from the Panel’s quarterly public meetings, direct observation of NASA operations, and discussions with NASA management, employees and contractors.   The annual report also examines NASA’s compliance wi

11 Feb 2015

The Obama Administration has requested $18,529.1 million for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for FY 2016.  This is an increase of $518.9 million or 2.8 percent.  The budget includes $620 million in funding for the James Webb Space Telescope on track for launch in 2018 and $1,243.8 million for the commercial spaceflight exploration program.  Funding for the development of the Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle, Space Launch System, and Exploration Ground Systems and support for space technologies is also included in the Administration’s budget request.  

5 Feb 2015

Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle.  The House and Senate are scheduled to complete action on a $1.1trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015.

10 Dec 2014

The agenda for the November 14 meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) was wide-ranging, with upbeat briefings on NASA science, corporate investments in the BRAIN Initiative, DARPA, and the federal government’s response to Ebola.   PCAST is co-chaired by OSTP Director John Holdren and Eric Lander, President and Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

3 Dec 2014

The House and Senate have reached agreement on final FY 2001 funding for NASA, as part of the combined Energy and Water Development and VA/HUD appropriations conference report. Under the conference report, which President Clinton is expected to sign, NASA would receive a very healthy $14,285.3 million. This is more than Clinton, the House, or the Senate had previously proposed for the fiscal year that began on October 1. This funding level is 5.0% ($685.0 million) greater than NASA's FY 2000 appropriation, and 1.8% ($250.0 million) higher than the President's request.

26 Oct 2000

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