16 Jun 2000

On June 7, the full House Appropriations Committee marked up H.R. 4635, the FY 2001 VA/HUD appropriations bill. Under the bill, NASA would receive $13,713.6 million, an increase of 0.8 percent over the agency's FY 2000 budget, but 2.3 percent less than the Administration's FY 2001 request. Below are the Committee's recommendations for selected accounts within NASA, and related quotes from its report (H. Rpt. 106-674). Space science and life and microgravity science would see substantial increases over current funding.

16 Aug 2000

Running counter to concerns expressed in Congress that the federal government may be paying too much to reimburse universities for overhead costs, a new report from RAND finds that reimbursement rates for university overhead have remained constant for over a decade, university overhead costs are lower than those at federal or private labs, universities share a portion of those costs, and the imposition of more limitations on reimbursement may have damaging consequences.

17 May 2000

When President Clinton meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a June summit in Moscow, one of the topics for discussion will be a US national missile defense (NMD) system, and possible revisions to the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. While the Russians have been reluctant to consider revising the treaty to permit US construction of such a defensive shield, there are also questions and concerns about the proposed system closer to home.

17 Jul 2000

The draft report language by the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee delivers the bad news early under the section entitled Science: "Severely constrained spending limits for fiscal year 2001 have forced the Committee into very difficult decisions regarding many otherwise outstanding programs and initiatives under the Office of Science.

25 Apr 2000

"The appropriations express" is how a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) describes the Senate in May. If all goes as scheduled, appropriations bills funding the Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation will be written during the next five weeks. Now is the time to contact your representative and two senators about these funding bills for FY 2001.

14 Apr 2000

"It will be virtually impossible" predicts VA, HUD, Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman James Walsh (R-NY) about the writing of his FY 2001 appropriations bill because of the numbers in the Budget Resolution that was passed yesterday. Walsh was talking about how much money his subcommittee, which funds NSF and NASA, could have to work with for its bill. Walsh could have $403 million less for next year than he did for the current year. Walsh added, "expectations are very, very high this year in the research community. . . . "

7 Apr 2000

Officials of the National Science Foundation had the opportunity to appear before the money people this week to discuss their FY 2001 budget request. In an ornate but cramped hearing room in the Capitol, NSF Director Rita Colwell and her senior staff responded to almost three and one-half hours of questions about the foundation's 17.3% requested budget increase for FY 2001. Colwell had a good hearing; the extent to which this translates into good numbers will not be known until perhaps next month.


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