federal budget

March 22, 2018

For the National Science Foundation (NSF) the bill provides a total of $7.8 billion which is $295 million or 4% over the FY17 level.  For Research and Related Activities, the bill provides $6.3 billion which represents a 5% increase over FY17.  The accompanying statement to the bill includes the following language with respect to marine seismology, “The agreement reiterates the importance of ensuring that NSF-funded marine research vessels with unique seismic capabilities remain available to the academic marine geology and geophysics community to support a variety of important undersea rese

March 08, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) released more detailed information regarding President Donald J. Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 NSF budget request to Congress. The FY2019 budget request would represent a $7.47 billion investment in strengthening the nation's economy, security and global leadership through research in cutting-edge science and engineering.

February 13, 2018

On February 12, US President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year, which begins on 1 October 2018. Funding for the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health would hold steady after Congress agrees to lift spending caps, but details are fuzzy.

February 11, 2018

A two-year spending package, passed by Congress in the wee hours of February 9 and signed into law by President Trump hours later, could add to the coffers of U.S. science agencies. The bipartisan deal raises the caps on defense and nondefense discretionary spending by nearly $300 billion overall. Nondefense discretionary spending gets a $63 billion boost in fiscal year 2018, and another $68 billion in FY 2019 (the spending year that starts October 1, 2018).

January 11, 2018

The administration genuinely appears to be motivated to accomplish real human space exploration goals within its term of office. It remains unclear, however, whether a sufficient budget will actually be allotted to enable execution of its ambitious policy, either in whole or in part. Federal budgets are challenging—and will be for the foreseeable future--but there is an extremely compelling reason why the administration should go “all in” on this plan and propose a budget that will enable the United States to aggressively move forward.

January 03, 2018

Makers of just 10 drugs may have shortchanged the nation's Medicaid system by at least $1.3 billion from 2012 through 2016 by misclassifying their products in a rebate program, a government analysis found. The analysis also showed that while nearly 900 drugs may have been misclassified, in 2016 just four drugmakers were responsible for 54 percent of the potential misclassifications that led to the underpayments to the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program

August 31, 2017

The U.S. military faces substantial difficulties in maintaining its current technological and operational advantages, and must invest in future capabilities for the military challenges of tomorrow.  The FY 2018 defense budget request would substantially increase RDT&E spending, adding 11 percent over the FY 2017 appropriations. This brief outlines major RDT&E programs by service, stage of development, and segment, and tracks the shifts compared to prior years.

August 18, 2017

Two White House offices issued guidance to federal agencies today in formulating their FY2019 budget requests on the Trump Administration’s research and development (R&D) priorities.  Civil space activities are not on the list, but military space systems are briefly mentioned.

August 16, 2017

Overall, military and civilian personnel pay and benefits make up 42% of the defense budget. This brief charts how end strength has shrunk in recent years, lays out the proposals of the administration and Congress to grow the active duty and reserve forces, and analyzes how much the proposed forces would cost.   This brief also discusses recent trends in military personnel costs, proposals for slowing those personnel costs, and striking the right balance between uniformed, civilian, and contractor personnel.

August 06, 2017

President Trump painted his proposed $603 billion national defense budget as “historic,” focusing on the requested 9.4 percent increase over the Obama administration’s request for FY 2017 and 10 percent increase over the BCA caps for FY 2018. However, even against this more generous yardstick than the 3 percent increase over the $584.5 billion in national defense funding projected for FY 2018, the requested $603 billion is far short of an historic increase.