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Budget & Appropriations

FYI tracks the president’s science-related budget requests submitted to Congress as well as the development and consideration of appropriations legislation in the House and Senate. Detailed information, including tables, is also available in AIP’s Federal Science Budget Tracker.


17 Apr 2013

The Obama Administration has requested $17,715.4 million for NASA in FY 2014, a decline of $54.6 million or 0.3 percent from the FY 2012 level.  Science funding would decline 1.1 percent under the proposed budget.

In his remarks on the FY 2014 request, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden emphasized the agency’s science programs:

21 Nov 2013

“If a timely  agreement is not reached, the likely alternatives could have extremely damaging  repercussions” warns a November 18 letter about the need to reach a deal on overall federal budget  numbers for this and the next fiscal year.   Time is running out, with the chairman and subcommittee chairmen of the  House Appropriations Committee warning of another government shutdown.

18 Nov 2013

At  last week’s hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation  Committee  there was  considerable discussion about the impact of mandatory budget reductions (sequestration)  on research supported by the federal government.  Senators and witnesses also spoke of the  important role federally-sponsored university research plays in the creation of  new companies.  A survey released earlier  this week and an October 30 report provide insight on both matters.

26 Nov 2013

Last  week’s hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science,  Space, and Technology had twin objectives.   It offered the opportunity for subcommittee members, a senior official  of the DOE Office of Science, and two other witnesses to describe the  importance of the research that the Office supports.  It also gave the Members and witnesses a  chance to offer first comments on a draft discussion bill to authorize programs  and funding levels for the Office of Science in FY 2014 and FY 2015. 

2 Jul 2013

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed work on their versions of the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.

1 Jul 2013

The House Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.

28 Jun 2013

A 90-minute hearing last week by the House Subcommittee on Space demonstrated how difficult it will be to enact legislation providing budget and policy guidance to NASA for FY 2014 and FY 2015.

20 Jun 2013

By a voice vote on June 12, the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill.

13 Jun 2013

For a second year in a row, Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) questioned the merits of the ITER program because of its projected cost and impact on the domestic fusion program and other research supported by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.