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FYI focuses on the programs and missions sponsored by the Science Mission Directorate, including in the Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Heliophysics, and Earth Science Divisions. FYI also covers science-related missions supported by other directorates, including the International Space Station.

26 May 2000

Working with extremely tight money, the House VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee has completed work on its FY 2001 bill. The numbers, when compared to the Clinton Administration's original request, are, in many instances, sobering.

The administration requested a 17.3%, or $675 million, increase for the NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION over the current budget. The subcommittee bill provided an increase of 4.3%, or $167 million.

9 May 2000

The House and Senate appropriations committees met last week to divide the $600 billion pie for FY 2001, and at the end of process, the subcommittees funding NSF and NASA both came up short. The chairmen of the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies appropriations subcommittees are now faced with essentially doing more with less, with the possible outcome being disappointing budgets for NSF and NASA.

23 Mar 2000

"This is world class performance by any reasonable standard." NASA Administrator Dan Goldin

24 Feb 2000

It has been about two weeks since the Clinton Administration sent its FY 2001 request to Congress. By May, various appropriations subcommittees will start releasing their versions of the FY 2001 appropriations bills. At present, hearings and the occasional press release offer some of the best public indicators of how research budgets are likely to fare. So far, the signs seem to be encouraging for science in general, and NSF and NASA in particular.

8 Apr 1999

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans' Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies is responsible for writing an appropriations bill that funds, among other agencies, the National Science Foundation and NASA. Below is the roster for this subcommittee for the 106th Congress. Information on rosters comes from the Congressional Quarterly. See the Web sites of all senators.

17 Dec 1993

Vice President Gore and several senior Administration officials
were in Moscow this week to sign a series of cooperative agreements
with the Russians.  Although the accords have been under discussion
for some time, the results of Russia's recent parliamentary
elections seems to make friendly collaborations with the West all
the more timely and important.

23 Nov 1993

With the Cold War fading into history, economic competitiveness
becoming the watchword of the decade, and the space race against
the Russians turning into probable cooperation, NASA is struggling
to redefine its role.  On November 16, the Senate Commerce
Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space invited NASA
Administrator Daniel Goldin, Martin Marietta CEO Norman Augustine,
and Robert Frosch of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government
to offer their thoughts on NASA's plans, priorities, and budgetary