Summary: House Hearing On R&D Budgets For FY 2012

By Keith Cowing
February 18, 2011
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Summary: House Hearing On R&D Budgets For FY 2012

Hearing Charter: An Overview of the Administration’s Federal Research and Development Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 (NASA Excerpt)

“The FY12 budget request for NASA is $18.7 billion, the same amount requested in FY10. Congress fully funded the agency’s request in the FY10 appropriations bill, a level which has continued to this day. For the four-year runout (FY13 – FY16), NASA’s budget projection assumes identical funding for each year – $18.7 billion. However, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Blue Book and NASA’s own budget request disagree on out-year funding levels; NASA’s assumes four years of flat funding at $18.7 billion; OMB’s out-year projections indicate budgets that are below the FY12 request.”

Republicans Question President’s Science Advisor

“While it is true that prudent investments in science and technology will almost certainly yield future economic gains and will allow our knowledge economy to grow, it is also true that these gains can be thwarted by poor decision-making,” Chairman Hall said. “Americans expect and deserve better. With our unemployment hovering at over 9 percent, they expect us to reduce or eliminate those programs that are duplicative and wasteful and examine ways to advance real job creation and economic growth, not just spend their hard-earned money on what the government assumes is best for them.”

Committee Democrats Contrast President’s R&D Budget Request with Damaging House CR Cuts

“We can disagree over some of the specific choices in this budget proposal,” said Congresswoman Johnson, “but I share with the president the same goal of maintaining a strong national science and technology enterprise and ensuring that all of our young people are prepared for the technical careers of the future.”

Sustaining the Commitment: FY 2012 Request Keeps Budget Doubling on Track for NSF, DOE Science, and NIST Research, AIP

“National Nuclear Security Administration, Weapons Activities: + 19.5 percent
National Nuclear Security Administration, Total: +19.3 percent
National Institute of Standards and Technology: +16.9%
National Science Foundation: +13.0%
NASA, Science: +11.5%
Department of Energy Office of Science: +9.1 percent
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering: +1.8 percent
U.S. Geological Survey: +0.6 percent
NASA: no change
Department of Defense Science and Technology Programs (6.1, 6.2, 6.3): -8.0 percent”

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