Press Release

Top Federal Science Officials to Testify Tomorrow on Proposed Budget Increases for New Competitiveness Initiative

By SpaceRef Editor
February 14, 2006
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Science Committee to Examine R&D Budget Request for FY07

WASHINGTON – The House Science Committee will tomorrow hold a hearing to review the Administration’s proposed research and development (R&D) budget for fiscal year (FY) 2007, including the significant budget increases proposed for physical science agencies as part of the President’s American Competitiveness Initiative. 

Testifying at what will be the first Congressional hearing to review all aspects of the President’s new competitiveness initiative, the Secretary of Energy, the head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Deputy Secretary of Commerce, the Director of the National Science Foundation, and the Undersecretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology will discuss how proposed increases for the agencies and programs they oversee fit into the overall FY 2007 budget.  As part of the American Competitiveness Initiative announced by the President during his State of the Union address, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, core programs at the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science Foundation are slated for increases of 14, 17, and 8 percent respectively in the FY 2007 budget proposal.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Administrator Michael Griffin will testify on his agency’s FY 2007 budget on Thursday.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Full Science Committee – Hearing
An Overview of the Federal R&D Budget for Fiscal Year 2007
10:00a.m – 12:00p.m.
2318 Rayburn House Office Building (WEBCAST)

Witness List:

  • The Honorable John Marburger III, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy;
  • The Honorable Samuel Bodman, Secretary of Energy;
  • The Honorable David Sampson, Deputy Secretary of Commerce;
  • The Honorable Arden Bement, Director, National Science Foundation; and
  • The Honorable Charles McQueary, Undersecretary for Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security.

  A hearing charter providing background information on tomorrow’s hearing will be emailed this afternoon.  For more information, please contact the Science Committee press office at 202-225-4275.

SpaceRef staff editor.