FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill: National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Publication date: 
22 September 2011
Number: 
116

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The  Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012  Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.  This bill provides funding for the National  Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the  National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

This  FYI reviews those portions of S. 1572 pertaining to the National Institute of  Standards and Technology.  There are two  pages in Senate Report 112-78 accompanying  this bill regarding NIST; selections follow.   Readers are encouraged to consult the pdf version of this report to see  the full language regarding NIST using the page numbers provided.  See FYI #91 for the House  bill.

In  the introductory section on the Department of Commerce on page 10, the report  states:

“The  Department of Commerce is a major innovation engine for the Nation. Few other  departments in the U.S. Government have all the elements in one place to keep  America competitive in this volatile economy. DOC’s science and research  programs strive to find new ways to solve today’s problems and anticipate tomorrow’s  challenges. New research brings new technology, and DOC develops new standards  and partners with industry to keep citizens safe       and  manufacturers on the right track. These new technologies and ideas deserve  protection, and the Department also preserves intellectual property for our  Nation’s creative thinkers -- small and big businesses alike. Once ready for  the global marketplace, DOC establishes trade agreements, sending new ideas  into the marketplace while protecting our workers and helping businesses create  jobs at home. The Department monitors progress through statistical analysis,  economic monitoring and periodic census.

“As  a leader in America’s competitiveness, DOC needs realistic funding, proper  management and oversight to keep the United States scientifically relevant and  technologically innovative in the global marketplace. The Committee’s  recommendations in this bill ensure that DOC has the funding to carry out its  mission and mandates.”

National  Institute of Standards and Technology (total)     (page  20)

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $750.1 million     The  FY 2012 Administration request was $1,001.1 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommends $700.8 million, a decline of $49.3  million or 6.6 percent from the current year     The  Senate Appropriations Committee recommends $680.0 million, a decline of $70.1  million or 9.3 percent. 

Scientific  and Technical Research and Services

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $507.0 million     The  FY 2012 Administration request was $678.9 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommends $517.0 million, an increase of $10.0  million or 2.0 percent from the current year     The  Senate Appropriations Committee recommends $500.0 million, a decline of $7.0  million or 1.4 percent. 

There  is report language on page 20 for three programs: National Cybersecurity Center  of Excellence, NIST Facility Security, and Greenhouse Gas Measurements.  Regarding greenhouse gases, the report  states:

“The  Committee supports NIST’s greenhouse gas measurement program, especially as it  relates to leveraging existing assets and services from private sector  partners.  Augmenting the program through  a collaborative approach is expected to deliver substantial cost savings and  efficiencies as well as position the program for long-term sustainability. NIST  is directed to partner with networks that are national in scale and possess attributes  consistent with high quality atmospheric and weather monitoring systems,  including highly trained field teams capable of installing and maintaining  research grade environmental sensing equipment; comprehensive data collection,  processing and dissemination infrastructure; as well as demonstrated experience  collaborating with the Federal Government through the provision of  environmental observing system data.”

Industrial  Technology Services

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $173.3 million     The  FY 2012 Administration request was $237.6 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommends $128.4 million, a decline of $44.9  million or 25.9 percent from the current year     The  Senate Appropriations Committee recommends $120.0 million, a decline of $53.3  million or 30.8 percent. 

Selections  from the report language on page 21 follow:

“Supporting  the Nation’s manufacturers, especially small businesses, is critical to keeping  America innovative in a global marketplace. The Committee’s recommendation  provides $120,000,000  for the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program.

“The  Committee notes that the fiscal year 2011 level provided no new funding for the  Technology Innovation Program [TIP]. Regrettably, the Committee is unable to  provide funding to continue TIP grants in 2012 or to continue the Baldrige  Performance Excellence Program.”

Construction  of Research Facilities

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $69.9 million     The  FY 2012 Administration request was $84.6 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommends $55.4 million, a decline of $14.5  million or 20.7 percent from the current year     The  Senate Appropriations Committee recommends $60.0 million, a decline of $9.9  million or 14.2 percent. 

Selections  from the report language on page 21 follow:

“The  recommendation funds the highest-priority construction, maintenance, and repair  projects at NIST. The Committee directs NIST to provide quarterly reports on  the status of all construction projects.”