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President Obama released his budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2012 on February 14, 2011 in the midst of major changes in political leadership in Congress and an unresolved federal budget for FY 2011. His request continues his support for federal science funding as an important component of innovation and economic recovery for the nation, providing significant increases for scientific research and development programs despite a 5-year freeze in overall spending for non-security domestic discretionary programs. The White House proposal emphasizes the connections between federal research funding and economic outcomes – focusing on the bang for the buck rather than the knowledge benefits generally. Read the rest of this entry »
On Friday, February 11, House Republicans proposed legislation (H.R. 1) to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. Republican leaders in the House have announced that the continuing resolution (CR) will cut $100 billion in federal spending from the President’s original request for the remainder of FY 2011. This announcement came after an earlier proposal with a proposed $58 billion in cuts was scuttled due to pressure from the fiscal conservatives in the House.
Not all federal research and education agencies are treated equally in the CR, however most of these agencies would experience cuts below the President’s FY 2011 budget request, with some agencies receiving decreases below FY 2010. Of the major extramural federal research and education programs, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the Department of Education (DoED) Pell Grant program, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were hit particularly hard. The House is expected to debate the bill this week with numerous amendments to be offered. Below is a brief breakdown of the funding levels included in the CR for the National Science Foundation (NSF), DOE, the Department of Defense (DOD), and NIH. Read the rest of this entry »