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Budget & Appropriations

FYI tracks the president’s science-related budget requests submitted to Congress as well as the development and consideration of appropriations legislation in the House and Senate. Detailed information, including tables, is also available in AIP’s Federal Science Budget Tracker.

 

18 Jan 2013

President Barack Obama has signed into law H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013. This legislation provides policy and budget guidance for the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). It does not provide the actual funding, which is contained in the yet to be enacted FY 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill.

18 Jan 2013

President Barack Obama has signed into law H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013. This legislation provides policy and budget guidance for the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). It does not provide the actual funding, which is contained in the yet to be enacted FY 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill.

17 Jan 2013

President Barack Obama has signed into law H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013. This legislation provides policy and budget guidance for the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). It does not provide the actual funding, which is contained in the yet to be enacted FY 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill.

15 Jan 2013

President Barack Obama signed H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013 on January 2.  This legislation provides policy and budget guidance for the Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration.  It does not provide the actual funding, which is contained in the yet to be enacted FY 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill. 

15 Jan 2013

The Office of Management and Budget released a two-page memorandum yesterday providing guidance to “the heads of executive department and agencies” on dealing with the twin problems of the March 1 implementation of sequestration and the expiration of funding on March 27.  This memorandum follows the issuance of a similar document by the Department of Defense on January 10. 

OMB Deputy Director for Management Jeffrey Zients issued yesterday’s memo.  It first discusses the two critical March deadlines:

11 Jan 2013

At a briefing yesterday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta described the budget uncertainty facing the Pentagon because of the threat of sequestration, short-term flat funding expiring in late March, and the threat of government default.  “Looking at all three of those, we have no idea what the hell’s going to happen,” he said.

9 Jan 2013

On the next-to-last page of the 59 page long just-enacted “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” the Congress and the Obama Administration delayed mandated January 2 cuts in federal budgets with a provision of about fifty words.  This long-sought agreement turned out to be all about taxes, and, when viewed in retrospect in coming weeks will likely look easy in the context of what are expected to be difficult negotiations over three fiscal deadlines in February and March.

4 Jan 2013

“Congress’s tolerance for these types of over-runs has run out.” – House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) on James Webb Space Telescope

“Public investment in innovative technologies and infrastructure not only creates jobs, it lays the foundation for private sector job creation.” – Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY)

“Innovation also demands basic research.” – President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address.

4 Jan 2013

January:

Changes in FY 2012 budgets for selected science programs range from a 42.7 percent increase to a 25.9 percent decrease.  Concerns are raised about troubling provisions in a House bill changing federal grant procedures. A House hearing demonstrates support for Webb Space Telescope, but occasional outrage about its growing cost.  A House hearing reviews the effectiveness of stimulus funding for S&T programs. President Obama highlights the importance of funding for basic research in his State of the Union address.

23 Dec 2013

After Congress returns on January 6 it will need to vote on legislation to fund the operations of the federal government through September 30.  The staffs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will be working through the holiday recess to have final legislation ready for a vote in the House and Senate.  Current funding expires on January 15.

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