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23 Jul 1996

Today and tomorrow the full House will debate H.R. 3814, the fiscal
year 1996 funding bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice,
and State.  The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill on
July 16.  Accompanying the bill is a committee report which, while
not having the force of law, provides the committee's views and
recommendations for the departments and agencies funded by H.R.
3814, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Below are selected quotations from the report (House Report

 
23 Jul 1996

Today and tomorrow the full House will debate H.R. 3814, the fiscal
year 1996 funding bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice,
and State.  The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill on
July 16.  Accompanying the bill is a committee report which, while
not having the force of law, provides the committee's views and
recommendations for the departments and agencies funded by H.R.
3814, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

 
11 Jun 1996

On May 30, with much partisan rhetoric and rancorous debate, the
House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing many of the
federal government's science programs.  If enacted, the "Omnibus
Civilian Science Authorization Act of 1996" (H.R. 3322) would set
FY 1997 priorities and funding caps for NSF, NASA, NIST's in-house
laboratories, NOAA, EPA's R&D programs, and others.  In theory,
authorization bills provide guidance to be used by appropriators
when they fund federal programs.  However, appropriators do not

 
3 Jun 1996

At last month's hearing by the House Subcommittee on Technology,
Dr. Bhudatt Paliwal, President of the American Association of
Physicists in Medicine, described the importance of the NIST
Physical Laboratory to accurate x-ray mammography (see FYI #76.)
Portions of his written testimony follow.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and
State, chaired by Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY) will mark-up its FY
1997 appropriations bill for NIST later this month (see FYI #32 for
subcommittee roster and address.)

 
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.

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