Budget

21 Dec 2015

The annual spending law for FY 2016 increases spending at NASA by 7.1 percent over FY 2015 levels and provides direction on matters including the James Webb Space Telescope, research aboard the International Space Station, and numerous scientific missions in development that will study the earth, sun, the rest of the solar system, and beyond.

16 Dec 2015

Congressional negotiators released the FY 2016 annual spending bill, which would boost year-over-year funding to the science agencies and offices, ranging from a 1.6 percent increase for the National Science Foundation to an 11.6 percent increase for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

9 Nov 2015

Newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan brings a record of leading a bipartisan budget effort that provided relief from spending cuts at the science agencies, although he has also proposed multiple federal budgets that would have imposed cuts to discretionary spending, from which R&D is funded. In some cases, he has opposed federal support for science facilities and areas of research he believes are wasteful, at risk of mismanagement, or not government’s proper role.

30 Oct 2015

Congress approved a major bipartisan budget agreement, negotiated with the White House, that increases discretionary spending by $80 billion total in FY 2016 and FY 2017, creating room for boosts to spending at federal science agencies and offices starting this year

13 Jul 2015

When the Obama Administration sends its FY 2017 budget to Congress next February, the program requests of agencies such as the National Science Foundation, NASA, DOE Office of Science, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will reflect a White House memorandum issued last week.

19 Jun 2015

Yesterday, in a 50-45 floor vote, the Senate failed to muster the necessary votes to proceed to consideration of the $567 billion FY 2016 Defense Appropriations bill.  The vote fell along party lines, with Republican senators supporting the bill as it was reported out of committee and Democratic senators opposing.

4 Jun 2015

A new report published by the MIT Committee to Evaluate the Innovation Deficit calls for the U.S. to shore up its declining investments in basic research, highlighting fifteen under-exploited areas of science and technology in which the authors believe a more robust basic research investment would help to improve society, shape and maintain U.S.

24 Apr 2015

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the Executive Office of the President has issued two statements this week expressing concern about FY 2016 House Republican spending plans.  Among his concerns are funding reductions that could result in “thousands fewer scientific and medical research awards and grants” when compared to President Obama’s budget request.

3 Feb 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has requested $7,723.6 million, an increase of $379.3 million or 5.2 percent over the FY 2015 appropriation of $7,344.2 million.

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