federal budget

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.

May 30, 2017

While the Trump administration has showed some signs of prioritizing STEM, federal programs that support STEM initiatives are on the chopping block under the president's recent budget proposal for fiscal year 2018. That was the bottom line from panelists at the 2017 U.S. News STEM Solutions conference session titled "A Look at the Future of Federal STEM Policy."

May 26, 2017

Yep, colleges and universities in America are addicted to taxpayer-subsidized tuition. That's why they keep jacking up tuition faster than the rate of inflation. And that's why they really don't care how much debt your child is straddled with when they graduate. Because whether you pay or don't pay, succeed in life or fail, government-backed student loans make sure the schools get their money, and get it fast, first, and always.

May 25, 2017

The FY 2018 NSF budget request of $6.65 billion reflects NSF's commitment to establishing clear priorities in areas of national importance and identifying the most innovative and promising research ideas that will yield the highest return on investment for the nation. It supports fundamental research that will drive the U.S. economy, support our nation's security, and keep the U.S. a global leader in science, engineering and technology.

May 24, 2017

President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal would completely eliminate 66 federal programs, for a savings of $26.7 billion. Some of the programs would receive funding for 2018 as part of a phasing-out plan. Here are the programs the administration wants on the chopping block.