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FY2023 NOAA Congressional Budget Justification Available

Yesterday, NOAA made available its Congressional justification document for its FY2023 budget request.  The document, available here, calls for:

  • A total of $774.8 million for the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the research office within NOAA.
    • Within OAR, climate research programs would be funded at $256.6 million and climate cooperative institutes would be funded at $108.7 million.
    • The base Sea Grant program would receive $76.3 million and the Sea Grant Aquaculture program would receive $13.3 million.
  • Within the National Ocean Service, the IOOS Regional Observation Network would receive $40.5 million under the budget proposal.


FY2023 Biden Budget Request Package Released

As expected, the FY2023 budget request package from the Biden Administration was released on Monday. While it reflects the Administration’s wishes in many cases, Congress will have the final say.  The FY2022 process completed only a few weeks ago, after the agencies began compiling numbers for FY2023.  That means that some of the requests for FY2023 may actually be below the final FY2022 levels, and the Administration has acknowledged the need to adjust its thinking as the FY2023 appropriations process moves forward.

We are still in the process of reviewing the proposals from the various agencies of importance to UW, but we can share initial details, which are provided below.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The Administration is proposing a base budget of $45.3 billion for NIH, not including a request of $5 billion for ARPA-H.

While NIH-specific budget documents are not yet available, initial information is available through the budget documents of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), of which NIH is a part.  The budget brief for HHS is available here.

Department of Education

With its request, the Biden Administration seeks to increase the Pell Grant maximum award to $8,670 and is, once again, seeking to expand the program to include DACA recipients.

SEOG and the Federal Work Study programs would be funded at $880 million and $1.19 billion, respectively.  In addition, TRIO and GEARUP programs would be funded at $1.3 billion and $408 million, respectively.

The budget request proposes to fund the group of Title VI International Education programs at $78.2 million while GAANN would receive $23.5 million under the proposal.

The Institute of Education Sciences would be funded at $662.5 million under the current budget proposal.

As part of its request for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), the Education Department is seeking to create a new $450-million research infrastructure program at minority-serving institutions.

Additional information about the ED budget request can be found here.

National Science Foundation

For FY2023, the Administration has proposed a total of $10.5 billion for the NSF.

Within the NSF budget, the Research and Related Activities account would be funded at $8.425 billion.  The agency proposes to rename the Education and Human Resources account to “STEM Education” and would fund it at $1.377 billion.  The Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction account would be funded at $187.2 million under this budget.

The agency recently launched the Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships Directorate and proposes to fund it at $880 million in FY2023.

The NSF budget document is available here.

Department of Energy

Meanwhile, for DOE, the Administration is seeking a total of $48.2 billion, including $7.8 billion for the Office of Science and $4.0 billion for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. 

Fusion would be funded at $723.2 million and Biological and Environmental Research would be funded at $903.7 million.

The budget request also includes $700 million for ARPA-E .

Additional information about the DOE budget is available here.


The Administration is calling for $6.88 billion for NOAA next year.  While the agency details are not yet available, NOOA released this yesterday.


In FY2023, the Administration is seeking $26 billion for NASA, with $7.98 billion being proposed for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD).  Within SMD, $2.41 billion is slated for Earth Science, including new funding for wildfire initiatives and a new Earth Information Center.  The budget request also includes $1.44 billion for Space Technology.

As part of the Office of STEM Engagement request, the budget proposal is seeking $57 million for the Space Grant program.

NASA budget documents are available here.

Department of Defense

The Pentagon budget request for next year totals approximately $773 billion, including $130 billion for Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation, which is the portion of the agency’s budget that funds research programs.  For basic research (“6.1” research), the DOD is seeking $2.4 billion, which would be essentially flat funding the portfolio.

The research budget, or the “R-1”, is available here.


Within the larger Department of Interior budget, the Administration is seeking $1.78 billion for the USGS.

The request includes $85.7 million for the Climate Adaptation Science Centers, $28.2 million for the Cooperative Research Units, and $99.9 million for Earthquake Hazards.

A brief overview of the USGS budget proposal is available here.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA’s total budget request of $11.9 billion includes $864.2 million for the Science and Technology account.  Additional details are available here.

Additional Information

We will continue to provide additional details.  Again, the budget request from the Administration represents only the beginning of the appropriations process.  We most likely will not see a resolution until the beginning of next calendar year, well into the next fiscal year.

House Passes Omnibus, FY22 Chart Now Available

Yesterday the House passed an omnibus appropriations package for FY22, following negotiations between House and Senate appropriators. The final package includes modest increases for key scientific and higher education accounts. The Senate is expected to vote on the package quickly to send it to the President’s desk. Current government funding is set to expire on Friday, so another short continuing resolution will be necessary to allow the Senate to clear procedural steps.

A chart tracking key accounts relevant to UW is available here. Our office will post detailed updates as information becomes available. We will also discuss appropriations in more detail during our town hall on March 24th at noon PT (register here).

2022 Federal Agenda Now Live

The University of Washington has published our 2022 Federal Agenda reaffirming our commitment to a robust partnership with the federal government. You can view the agenda here.

On March 24th at 12pm PT, Director of Federal Relations Sarah Castro will participate in a Town Hall highlighting the key elements of our federal agenda. Members of the UW community can register here.

House Passes America COMPETES Act

The House passed the America COMPETES Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521) on a nearly party-line vote. The bill has a broad focus attempting to tackle research, climate, supply chain, education, and immigration issues. As it stands, the legislation reauthorizes the NSF and key components of the Department of Energy, invests in semiconductor chips production, and contains diplomatic, research security, and immigration provisions. Several amendments were adopted, and the bill will need to be conferenced with the bipartisan US Innovation and Competition Act (USICA, S. 1260). You can find a fact sheet here.

Register Now: Federal Relations Spring Town Hall

The Office of Federal Relations will host a virtual town hall for the campus community on Thursday, March 24th from 12pm-1pm PT. Our staff will provide an update on the federal budget, infrastructure and competitiveness bills, and preview the UW’s 2022 federal agenda. This will be followed by an opportunity for Q&A. Register here (NetID restricted).

Announcement: Federal Relations Autumn 2021 Town Hall

Please join us for the inaugural quarterly Federal Relations Town Hall.

Thursday, October 21st at 12:00pm PT

After a presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions or offer comments/concerns regarding the UW’s federal advocacy priorities.

If you would like to join in-person, please RSVP here. Space is limited.

If you would like to join via Zoom, please register here.

This event is restricted to members of the UW community. A valid Net-ID is required to participate.


Shutdown Likely Averted But Fight On Reconciliation and Infrastructure Continues

Democrats have decoupled the provision to raise the debt ceiling from the continuing resolution (CR) package that would keep the government funded through December 3.  This has allowed the Senate to vote on the slimmed-down package this afternoon.  After passage by the Senate, the package is expected to be taken up by the House quickly.

Although this means that a shutdown will be averted and that the government will be funded through at least the first few days of December, the question of how to deal with the impending breach of the debt ceiling remains unanswered.  Read more about the CR situation here and here.

At the same time, Democrats continue to battle among themselves in a fight over if and when a budget reconciliation bill might be brought to the floor, a decision that also controls if and when the infrastructure legislation might be considered in the House.  As noted previously, House progressives have insisted that the entirety of their $3.5-trillion package be brought up first as a way to guarantee their support for the infrastructure bill and to ensure that moderates who are not as comfortable with the size of the reconciliation legislation cannot just vote for the $1.5-trilllion infrastructure bill and oppose the bigger measure.

The same group of House progressives has insisted that the two Democratic Senators who appear to be the most prominent holdouts on the reconciliation bill, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema, offer up a counter-proposal to the $3.5-trillion figure.  Just after lunchtime in DC today, Sen. Manchin publicly stated that he is interested in a reconciliation package that would be limited to $1.5 trillion.  How these developments impact the negotiations remain to be seen.

Read more about the developments around reconciliation and infrastructure bills herehere, and here.



Negotiations Still Continue on Infrastructure, Reconciliation Packages

Even with the deadline to keep the government open past Thursday quickly approaching, furious negotiations are still taking place among Democrats over both the infrastructure and budget reconciliation packages.  Thursday is also the day when the House is scheduled to vote on the Senate-passed infrastructure bill.  Whether that deadline– set by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)– is met is becoming more uncertain.

Even as President Biden met with moderate Democrats Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) and Joe Manchin (WV) about their concerns about the $3.5-trillion reconciliation package, House progressives reiterated their opposition to voting for the infrastructure package this week without a guarantee that a reconciliation package would also move.  Among the concerns of the progressive group and their allies is that neither Senator has indicated how large a reconciliation package they would support, if at all.

Read more about the negotiations here and here.


Clocks Continues to Tick on Shutdown, Debt Ceiling

As predicted, the Senate yesterday was not able to adopt the House-passed legislation that would keep the government funded past midnight Friday and raise the debt ceiling through mid-December 2022.  As promised, no Senate Republicans voted to move the measure forward for a vote.  While Senate Republicans have publicly supported keeping the government open and opposed a shutdown, they have also stated that they will not vote in favor of legislation that includes both a continuing resolution to fund the government and provisions to raise the debt ceiling.  With the Senate divided 50-50, Democrats will need to come up with a Plan B to address both a looming shutdown and a potentially catastrophic default.

In a related development, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated earlier today that the federal government may run out of ways to meet its obligations and may breach the debt ceiling on October 18.

Read more about the current situation herehere, and here.