Senate Approves FY10 Agriculture Spending Bill

The Senate approved their Agriculture spending bill yesterday – the fourth fiscal 2010 spending bill passed by the Senate.  Informal work to begin reconciling the four spending bills passed by both chambers is expected to occur over the August break so that conference reports can be considered in September.  Before leaving last week for its… Read More


Update from Washington, DC

With the House gone for its August recess, the Senate will turn its attention this week to passing one more spending bill, replenishing the popular Cash for Clunkers program, and confirming President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, all with the aim to leave town Friday until after Labor Day. APPROPRIATIONS As… Read More


FY10 Agency/Program Appropriations Figures Emerging

As the House and Senate prepare for their August recess, agency/program funding levels for FY10 are becoming more clear. Below, please find a chart that captures funding for some agency/programs of particular note. It should be noted that final figures will not be determined until this fall. In Millions of Dollars Agency  Program FY09 ARRA… Read More


FY09 and FY10 Administrative Savings

On Monday, the Administration announced that federal agencies had met the goal set by President Obama of finding at least $100 million in administrative savings from their agency budgets.  The 77 cost-savings measures identified by agencies would yield $102 million in savings this fiscal year (FY09) and about $140 million in savings in fiscal 2010…. Read More


Update from Washington, DC

Congress started off this week with the goal of advancing health care reform financing options in preparation for an overall vote on reform measures before their August recess.  By the end of the week, however, it became clear to House and Senate leaders – as well as the President – that they would not meet… Read More


OMB to Conduct Recovery Act Reporting Webinars

OMB has scheduled webinars on Recovery Act reporting requirements. Individuals interested in participating must go to the website and register for each session. The webinars will be available for later viewing on the Recovery.gov website.                           **OMB Announcement** The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board announce that webinars… Read More


Proposed FY10 Funding for Oceans Research

Below, please find an overview of funding provided for ocean research — thus far — in the FY10 appropriations process. The FY10 appropriations process will continue to play out over the course of the summer and early fall, with final bills expected by the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2009. NSF… Read More


House FY10 Energy & Water Spending Bill Advances

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water has advanced a spending bill for fiscal year 2010. The legislation funds the Department of Energy Office of Science at the President’s Budget Request of $4.94 billion. The legislation also adds $20 million for fusion energy sciences. At this point, information on the proposed Innovation Hubs and… Read More


Senate Advances CJS and Interior-Enviornment Appropriations Bills

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations committee marked up the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations bill and the Interior-Environment Appropriations bill. The CJS bill funds OSTP, NASA, NSF, NOAA, and NIST among others. Interior-Environment Appropriations bill funds the NEH, NEA, EPA Office of Science, and the US Geological Survey. Highlights of the two bills are provided below. Summary: FY 2010… Read More


New OMB Guidance on Recovery Act Reporting Released

Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released additional Implementing Guidance for the Reports on Use of Funds Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (OMB Memorandum M-09-21).  The guidance is available on the OMB website, and on the Recovery Act website.