FY 2015 Appropriations: National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Publication date: 
12 December 2014
Number: 
172

Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with yesterday’s House approval of a $1.1 trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015.  Senate action is expected within a day. 

The bill has not been printed in final form.  The section on the National Institute of Standards and Technology is found on PDF pages 7-8; a funding table is on PDF page 61-62. Note that language in the previous House and Senate appropriations reports stands unless modified by language in the conference report. 

Total NIST:

The FY 2014 adjusted appropriation was $850.0 million
The FY 2015 adjusted request is $900.0 million, an increase of $50.0 million or 5.9 percent
The House bill provides $855.8 million, an increase of $5.8 million or 0.7 percent above current funding
The Senate bill provides $900.0 million, an increase of $50.0 million or 5.9 percent above current funding
The final bill provides $863.9 million, an increase of $13.9 million or 1.6 percent above current funding

There is no overall report language.

Within this budget are the following programs:

Scientific and Technical Research and Services:

The FY 2014 appropriation was $651.0 million
The FY 2015 request is $680.0 million, an increase of $29.0 million or 4.5 percent
The House bill provides $670.5 million, an increase of $19.5 million or 3.0 percent above current funding
The Senate bill provides $685.0 million, an increase of $34.0 million or 5.2 percent above current funding
The final bill provides $675.5 million, an increase of $24.5 million or 3.8 percent above current funding

Report language pertains to several cybersecurity programs, a lab-to-market program, an urban dome program, and a forensics program.

Industrial Technology Services:

The FY 2014 appropriation was $143.0 million
The FY 2015 request is $161.0 million, an increase of $18.0 million or 12.6 percent
The House bill provides $130.0 million, a decrease of $13.0 million or 9.1 percent below current funding
The Senate bill provides $156.0 million, an increase of $13.0 million or 9.1 percent above current funding
The final bill provides $138.1 million, a decrease of $4.9 million or 3.4 percent below current funding

Report language pertains to the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program and the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia.

Construction of Research Facilities:

The FY 2014 appropriation was $56.0 million
The FY 2015 request is $59.0 million, an increase of $3.0 million or 5.4 percent
The House bill provides $55.3 million, a decrease of $0.7 million or 1.3 percent below current funding
The Senate bill provides $59.0 million, an increase of $3.0 million or 5.4 percent above current funding
The final bill provides $50.3 million, a decrease of $5.7 million or 10.2 percent below current funding

Report language pertains to NIST’s two campuses.