The House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment is expected to mark up draft legislation today that would create an office similar to the National Weather Service to predict changes in climate. The new “National Climate Service” would be established within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A National Climate Service (NCS) would provide a single point of contact of information for the user-community. An NCS would provide climate forecasts and support for planning and management decisions by federal agencies; state, local, and tribal governments; and the private sector.
NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco has indicated that an NCS is a high priority for the administration. Similar legislation is included in a draft climate and energy bill that the House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to mark up before Memorial Day.
Some members in the scientific community worry that an NCS would duplicate existing programs and others worry that the service should not be housed within NOAA because other agencies and departments hold more of the required expertise. (more…)
The Senate will consider a bill to impose new regulations on the credit card industry. Later in the week, the House is expected to vote on bills to overhaul the Pentagon’s acquisition system, to provide school construction and modernization, and a fiscal 2009 war supplemental appropriations bill. (more…)
The National Science Foundation has taken the step, already completed by most agencies, of releasing procedures for Recovery Act funding. The NSF Recovery terms and conditions are availabe here.
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has prepared a preliminary analysis (below) of the higher education components of President Obama’s FY10 Budget Request. Additional information will be provided as the UW Office of Federal Relations and various higher education associations examine the budget request. In the Federal Budget section of this website, budget briefing materials from the federal agencies are available for review. Members of the UW community are encouraged to provide feedback to the Office of Federal Relations on specific components of the budget request that impact their programs.
In the coming days, UW will provide recommendations on the President’s Budget Request (PBR) to the state of Washington congressional delegation.
Preliminary APLU Analysis of FY10 PBR (more…)
NOAA has requested a total of $4.5 billion in FY 2010, which is an increase of $110M over the FY 2009 enacted level. The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) requests a total of $404.6 million which is an increase of $3.7 million over the FY 2009 enacted level.
In summary, OAR requests:
$209.8 million for Climate Research
$63.9 million for Weather and Air Quality Research
$107.4 million for Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lakes Research
$13.1 million for Information Technology, R&D, and Science Education, and
$10.4 million for Procurement, Acquisition, and Construction.
FY10 Budget Request Briefing Materials
DOD FY10 Budget Request Briefing Materials
DoD Releases Fiscal 2010 Budget Proposal
President Barack Obama today sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $663.8 billion for fiscal 2010. The budget request for the Department of Defense (DoD) includes $533.8 billion in discretionary budget authority to fund base defense programs and $130 billion to support overseas contingency operations, primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The proposed DoD base budget represents an increase of $20.5 billion over the $513.3 billion enacted for fiscal 2009. This is an increase of 4 percent, or 2.1 percent real growth after adjusting for inflation. (more…)
NASA FY10 Budget Request Briefing Materials
Statement from Acting Administrator
Today, I am pleased to release NASA’s FY2010 budget request in the amount of $18.686 billion to advance Earth science, complete the International Space Station, explore the solar system and conduct aeronautics research. The budget request represents an increase of $903.6 million, about 5 percent, above the amount provided NASA in the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act.
The FY 2010 budget does a number of things: it supports the Administration’s commitment to deploy a global climate change research and monitoring system; it funds a strong program of space exploration involving humans and robots with the goal of returning Americans to the moon and exploring other destinations; and it supports the safe flight of the Space Shuttle to complete assembly of the International Space Station by the Space Shuttle’s planned
**UPDATE** NSF Budget Materials Available
The National Science Foundation has not yet released electronic versions of its FY10 budget request briefing materials. However, the Office of Management has provided an overview of the NSF budget. President Obama has proposed an NSF increase of 8.55% over the FY2009 appropriations level, from $6.49 billion to $7.045 billion. Within the total request, the Research & Related Activities (R&RA) account is $5.853 billion, the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) account is $117 million, and the Education and Human Resources (EHR) account is $973 million.
HHS FY10 Budget Request Briefing Materials
Budget Helps Control the Skyrocketing Cost of Health Care, Cuts Waste & Fraud from Medicare and Protects Public Health
Citing the rapidly escalating cost of health care in this country and the enormous pressures that health care costs are putting on our economic future, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today highlighted key reforms in President Obama’s 2010 HHS budget.
“This budget sends a clear message that we can’t afford to wait any longer if we want to get health care costs under control and improve our fiscal outlook,” said Secretary Sebelius. “Investing in health reform today will help bring down costs tomorrow and ensure all Americans have access to the quality care they need and deserve.”
The 2010 budget establishes a health care reserve fund of $635 billion over 10 years to finance health reform that brings down costs, improves quality, and assures coverage for all Americans. The reserve is funded by new revenue and by savings from Medicare and Medicaid. (more…)
NEA FY10 Budget Request Briefing Materials
National Endowment for the Arts’ 2010 Budget Submitted to Congress
Washington, D.C. – Today, details of the Fiscal Year 2010 budget request for the National Endowment for the Arts were submitted to Congress as part of President Obama’s FY 2010 budget. The President’s budget requests $161.3 million for the agency, an increase of $6.3 million or 4 percent over the NEA’s FY 2009 budget of $155 million. The proposed FY 2010 budget would allow for the distribution of approximately $133 million in grant awards to state and regional arts agencies as well as nonprofit arts organizations in all disciplines across the country to fund performances, exhibitions, tours, festivals, education programs, and other activities. (more…)