The House of Representatives took parts of two days last week to consider the FY 2008 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill. Although numerous amendments were offered to the $53.8 billion bill, few changes were made to the bill's provisions pertaining to the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Attention now turns to the Senate floor, where consideration of this bill will await the Senate's return in September from its recess that starts on Friday.

1 Aug 2007

The House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee recommends that NASA receive an 8.2 percent increase in its FY 2008 budget. Under this bill, now being considered on the House floor, NASA's science budget would increase 4.2 percent.

The subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV); the Ranking Member is Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ).

26 Jul 2007

A bill has been sent to the Senate that would increase the NASA budget by 7.2 percent in FY 2008. This legislation, S. 1745 provides funding for NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is the chair of the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee that wrote this bill; Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is the Ranking Member. The House has not released its version of this bill.

11 Jul 2007

"There is a spectacular future awaiting the United States in plasma science and engineering. But the national framework for plasma science must grow and adapt to new opportunities. Only then will the tremendous potential be realized." So argues a new report just released by the National Academies Plasma 2010 Committee, whose principal conclusion calls for a unified approach to the conduct and support of federal plasma science research in the United States.

5 Jun 2007

NASA's implementation of the Vision for Space Exploration, retirement of the space shuttle, completion of the International Space Station, and development of new space vehicles represent "a daunting series of transitions, both programmatic and institutional," Toni Dawsey, NASA's Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management testified at a May 17 hearing. "These changes have significant workforce implications - for both civil servants and contractors," she informed the House S&T Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.

1 Jun 2007

"It is both ‘the best of times and the worst of times' for NASA's space science programs. We have witnessed a whole series of exciting events in recent months.... The bad news is that while those accomplishments were enabled by the nation's past investments in NASA's science activities, the outlook for the needed future investments is not good if present trends are any indication." - House S&T Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chair Mark Udall (D-CO)

9 May 2007

NASA continues to have too little funding for everything that the space agency, authorizing committees, appropriations committees, and the science community want it to do. This lack of money was a consistent theme at a series of recent hearings, echoing the same problem that was raised a year ago at hearings on Capitol Hill.

4 Apr 2007

President Bush has requested $17,309.4 million for NASA in fiscal year 2008, an increase of 3.1%, or $517.1 million, over the FY 2007 request of $16,792.3 million. This request continues NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's strategy of slowing the growth rate for science programs while completing the International Space Station (ISS), developing new launch and exploration vehicles, and retiring the Space Shuttle.

7 Feb 2007

An important astronomy and astrophysics study was launched last week that will guide the decisions of Washington policymakers for many years.  "Astro2010" will survey and prioritize  ground-based and space-based astronomy and astrophysics scientific and technical activities for the period of 2010-2020.

11 Dec 2008

Despite NASA and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) struggle with budget constraints and mission prioritization, the Joint Dark Energy Mission (JDEM) appears to be on track. FYI previously reported on NASA and DOE’s commitment to JDEM in FYI number 74 and 78 respectively.

25 Nov 2008


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