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National Institute of Standards and Technology

FYI focuses on NIST’s research laboratories and its diverse portfolio of research projects, especially as they relate to the physical sciences.


17 May 1996

Top officials of the Commerce Department and the National Institute
of Standards and Technology testified at a key hearing on Wednesday
before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,
and State.  It was a somewhat unsettling experience.

10 May 1996

Now that the fiscal year 1996 budget process is complete, Congress
turns its attention to FY 1997.  In the past few weeks, both
appropriating and authorizing subcommittees in the House have heard
testimony on the budget request and programs of the Department of
Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology.  An
April 16 House Science Technology Subcommittee hearing on the
Commerce Department's technology programs was abbreviated due to
the death of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.  NIST and Commerce

26 Apr 1996

Almost seven months after the start of the new fiscal year the
President and Congress have - at last - agreed on final FY 1996
appropriations.  Today, President Clinton will sign an
appropriations measure (H.R. 3019) that includes funding for the
National Science Foundation, NASA, and NIST, along with many other
federal departments and agencies. 

1 Feb 1996

With only hours to spare, Congress approved short-term funding last
week for a number of departments and agencies still lacking an FY
1996 appropriation.  Among them are NSF, NASA, and NIST.  Funding
is assured through March 15.  The following is the funding status
for departments and agencies tracked by FYI:

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY: An full year appropriations bill was signed
last fall (see 1995 FYI #154.)

18 Jan 1996

With only one week of short term funding left for NSF, NASA, and
NIST, face-to-face budget talks between the Administration and
Congress have been called off.  It is very unclear if a legislative
mechanism can be found to avoid another destructive government
shutdown on January 27 when this money runs out.

11 Jan 1996

Keeping track of efforts to resolve long-term funding for NSF,
NASA, and NIST has almost been as difficult as tracking the snow
storms that have been hitting Washington.  Here is how things now
stand, and the outlook for the rest of FY 1996.

22 Dec 1997

"Funding for science without funding for facilities is a losing game." -- Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD)

20 Nov 1997

The last of the 13 appropriations bills to be sent to the President before Congress could adjourn was H.R. 2267, the FY 1998 Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations bill. Passage of this bill was held up by controversy over methods for performing the 2000 census, which is funded through the Department of Commerce. The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) is also part of the Commerce Department and is funded by this bill.

17 Sep 1997

The White House has announced that President Clinton intends to submit to the Senate two nominations for science- and technology-related positions, one within the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and one within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST.) With its rush to wrap up the appropriations bills before the new fiscal year begins on October 1, it is not known when the Senate might address these nominations.