Winners and Losers: Outcome of FY 2005 Budget Cycle

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Publication date: 
7 December 2004

The 3,000+ page omnibus appropriations bill that President Bush will sign in the next few days marks the conclusion of the FY 2005 budget cycle. This bill, and the earlier stand-alone bills for the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, fund science and technology programs of interest to the physics community. As is true of any budget cycle, there were winners and losers. The below figures are taken from previous issues of FYI. Note that changes in program content, etc. were not included in the calculations. Also note that there are rarely absolutely certain budget numbers involving multiple years and multiple sources of information. Figures reflect mandated across-the-board reductions. Full budget information on the below programs may be accessed at

NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program: +178.4%
Dept. of Homeland Security Research, Development, Acquisition and Operations: +22.4%
Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnerships: +19.8%
Department of Energy Scientific Workforce Development: +18.8%
National Institute of Standards and Technology (total): +14.9%
Department of Energy Advanced Scientific Computing Research: +14.9%
National Institute of Standards and Technology Laboratories: +12.8%
NSF Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction: +12.1%
NASA Exploration Capabilities: +11.1%
Department of Defense 6.2 Applied Research Programs: +11.9%
Department of Defense 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 Programs (total): +10.3%
Department of Defense 6.3 Advanced Technology Development Programs: +9.8%
Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Program: +9.3%
Department of Defense 6.1 Basic Research Program: +7.8%
NASA (total): +4.5%
Department of Energy Fusion Energy Sciences: +4.3%
Department of Energy Nuclear Physics Program: +3.9%
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of NIH: +3.3%
Department of Energy Office of Science: +2.9%
U.S. Geological Survey Facilities: +1.6%
Department of Energy High Energy Physics: +0.3%

U.S. Geological Survey (total): -0.2%
National Science Foundation Research and Related Activities: -0.7%
U.S. Geological Survey Biological Research: -1.6%
National Science Foundation (total): -1.9%
NASA Science, Aeronautics and Exploration: -1.9%
U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Investigations: -2.0%
U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Hazards, Resources, and Processes: -2.1%
U.S. Geological Survey Mapping, Remote Sensing and Geographic Investigations: -8.5%
National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources: -10.4%
Department of Energy Biological and Environmental Research: -10.8%
National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Technology Program: -17.0%
Department of Energy Science Laboratories Infrastructure: -22.7%
U.S. Geological Survey Science Support: -27.8%
National Science Foundation Mathematics and Science Partnerships: -43.0%

DOE/NNSA Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator: No funding
DOE/NNSA Advanced Weapons Concepts: No funding
DOE/NNSA Modern Pit Facility site selection: No funding
DOE/NNSA Nevada Test Site Enhancement Readiness: No funding

Note: The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers was 3.2% higher in October 2004 than October 2003; see

Comparable figures for the outcome of the FY 2004 budget cycle are available at

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