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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 Mar 2010

The reception NASA Administrator Charles Bolden received when testifying before the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee this week was strikingly different from that given to OSTP Director John Holdren last month.  While both described NASA’s proposed space policy in essentially the same terms, committee members were not as overtly hostile to the Administration’s plan to cancel the Constellation Program at Tuesday’s hearing.

5 Mar 2010

Four hours of congressional hearings during the last two weeks found little support for the Obama Administration’s decision to cancel NASA’s Constellation program.  Although the tone of the Senate and House hearings was less strident than that of an earlier House appropriations subcommittee hearing that OSTP Director John Holdren testified at, it is clear that opposition to this plan is both deep and bipartisan on both sides of the Capitol.

23 Feb 2010

The following FYI provides additional figures regarding the FY 2011 Administration budget requests for NASA and a Department of Education STEM education program.  Individual FYIs reviewing the below requests can be viewed at “Federal budget requests -- FY 2011.”This page will also contain FYIs relating to actions taken by congressional committees under the heading “Latest Congressional budget action - FY 2011" by department or agency.

18 Feb 2010

“I can tell you other Members on both sides of the aisle are not pleased with the way the President's message about the future of human spaceflight has been received.” - Senator Bill Nelson

4 Feb 2010

The Administration’s $19 billion fiscal year  2011 NASA budget request   dramatically reorients NASA’s priorities, providing increases to key Science  Mission Directorate divisions, refocusing NASA’s climate monitoring  responsibilities, and cuts spending on the much debated Constellation program.
Figures are rounded.

Total NASA:

Up 1.5 percent or $276 million from $18,724 million to $19,000 million.
even major sections within the NASA’s  budget request are:

28 Jan 2010

On January 20, Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN)  gaveled the first hearing of the House Committee on Science and Technology of  2010 into session, beginning what will be a legacy effort to reauthorize the  America COMPETES Act (see FYI #84) set to expire at  the end of this fiscal year.

Gordon provided an overview of the committee’s work in 2010 saying:

14 Dec 2011

Members of the House  Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics expressed frustration at a hearing last  month about what they and a prominent planetary scientist charged was the Obama  Administration’s lack of commitment to two missions to Mars in 2016 and  2018.   A senior NASA official testified that the  Administration’s decision about these missions would be announced with the  release of NASA’s FY 2013 budget request in early February.

22 Nov 2011

“Research  is a primary driver of innovation, growth and job creation, and these  investments must be preserved, even in times of budgetary austerity.” – Rep.  Frank Wolf

“So  we are out there winning the Nobel Prizes, but our bill lays the groundwork for  winning the markets.” – Senator Barbara Mikulski

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18 Nov 2011

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17 Nov 2011

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FY  2012 Appropriations for NASA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National  Science Foundation:

Moments  ago the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 298-121 the FY 2012 appropriations  bill providing funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and  Technology, and the National Science Foundation.  Under this legislation funding for the three  agencies would change as follows (as compared to the current level):