Update on Budget Process - Update From Acting NASA Administrator Lightfoot

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Update on Budget Process

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve had an update for you. I wanted to continue our communication since many of you have seen headlines about what may or may not be going on related to our budget.

Last week, the White House released budget guidance to NASA and other government agencies for Fiscal Year 2018. In a normal, non-transition year this guidance – typically called “The Passback” -- would have been received shortly after Thanksgiving. Timing of this budget effort is not unusual during a transition year, but it is also important to point out that discussions are still underway. We’re not yet at a point during this deliberative process where we have enough firm details to discuss the budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018.

You may have already heard some of what we are able to share. The Administration is preparing a Fiscal Year 2018 budget that would increase base military spending by $54 billion, to be offset by $54 billion in funds reallocated from the overall pool of resources available for domestic discretionary programs. While the final numbers for the agency and its programs are going through this give and take process, we remain confident in the Administration support for NASA.

The Administration’s budget outline is expected to be released March 16. When the final parameters of the more detailed budget – targeted for release in early May – are clear, we will share that information with you.  Further, the President’s budget release is just the start of the budget approval process.  As a reminder, Congress will deliberate the proposed budget and eventually send an appropriation bill back to the President for signature to fund our Fiscal Year 2018 work.  So, we have a ways to go in the budget process.

Thank you again for your continued great work you are doing to develop our missions and increase this nation’s capabilities across the board!

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