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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.

29 Apr 2014

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee continues its work on authorization bills for NASA and the National Science Foundation.

29 Apr 2014

Tomorrow the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee meets to consider and then vote on its FY 2015 appropriations bill.  This legislation provides funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

18 Apr 2014

The Subcommittee on Science and Space of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held an April 9 hearing to discuss NASA’s exploration strategy, international cooperation in space and commercial space efforts as the U.S.

11 Apr 2014

Tuesday’s hearing of the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee on the FY 2015 NASA budget request and security practices lasted more than three hours.  Although the subcommittee is very supportive of NASA, the hearing was marked by disagreements between NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the subcommittee members.

9 Apr 2014

In less than a half-hour this morning the Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved a bipartisan bill that would establish important policy for NASA.  In contrast to last year’s markup of an authorization bill that stretched over five hours with many party line votes, the action this morning required just two voice votes, setting up this bill for action by the full committee.

2 Apr 2014

While House Science Committee members probably will never agree about how much funding NASA should receive in the next fiscal year, there are common concerns that both Republicans and Democrats expressed about the FY 2015 budget request at a recent hearing.  Prominent among them are the commercial crew program, the Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule, and a new $1.1 billion airborne observatory that NASA proposes to put into storage this fall.

11 Mar 2014

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) have sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden asking his agency to “develop a clear, well-planned technical implementation plan for the future of human spaceflight over the next few months.”  As part of this effort, NASA is to examine the feasibility of a Mars human flyby mission in 2021, a subject that was also discussed at a Science Committee hearing.

7 Mar 2014

The Obama Administration has requested $17,460.6 million for NASA for FY 2015.  Under this request the agency’s budget would decline 1.1 percent.  Funding for Science would decline 3.5 percent.

NASA has not released its full budget, but did prepare a 30-page summary providing information about its FY 2015 request.    Additional information about the request will be posted here in coming days.

21 Feb 2014

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is one of the most powerful Members of Congress in the annual appropriations process.  She chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee as well as its subcommittee having jurisdiction over NASA.  Mikulski gave an upbeat report to NASA employees earlier this month about funding for the agency and the James Webb Space Telescope.