Budget: September 2004 Archives

The Budget Game Continues

26 September 2004: CFO praises NASA financial system, FCW

"Gwendolyn Sykes, NASA's chief financial officer, woke up at 7 a.m. Sept. 23 to hear the news of a tropical storm approaching Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where employees were trying to meet their three-day deadline for closing the fiscal year's financial books. But rather than fretting about the weather, staffers simply moved to Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama and carried on with their work, Sykes said."

Editor's note: President Bush has now submitted an additional request to Congress for additional emergency FY 2004 supplemental appropriations in response to damage caused by the series of hurricanes which have struck the U.S. NASA is one of the agencies covered in this request: "For an additional amount for "Space Flight Capabilities," to repair facilities damaged and take other emergency measures due to the effects of hurricanes, $126,000,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That Congress designates this amount as an emergency requirement for this specific purpose."

15 September 2004: House Appropriations Committee Chairman Young Statement

"I will introduce a supplemental bill today that closely mirrors the President's request. I plan to move this package quickly and cleanly through the Congress. The sooner we get it on the President's desk, the sooner the aid can flow to our ailing communities."
"NASA: Space flight capabilities 126.0"

H Rpt 108-674 - VA/HUD Subcommittee's report on HR 5041

"The [House Appropriations] Committee has recommended a total program level of $15,149,369,000 in fiscal year 2005, which is a decrease of $1,094,631,000 from the budget request and a decrease of $228,663,000 when compared to the fiscal year 2004 enacted appropriation."

More NASA Budget Ups and Downs

9 September 2004: A vision for the ages, OpEd, Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington Times

"Today, members of a key Senate Appropriations subcommittee are poised to slash NASA's budget and undermine President Bush's historic vision for space exploration. Such a move could have devastating consequences for the future of America's technology workforce and squander a tremendous opportunity to create new, good-paying jobs in high-tech industries."

9 September 2004: More relief needed, editorial, Orlando Sentinel

"NASA, its budget already stretched by underfunding and last year's loss of the shuttle Columbia, also will need additional dollars. The Kennedy Space Center suffered its worst damage ever from Frances. The destruction could set back plans to resume shuttle flights in the spring. The sooner Congress comes up with a new round of disaster relief that meets these and other needs, the sooner Florida will recover."

9 September 2004: Space Plan Takes A Tiny Step, UPI

"Rep. James Walsh, R-N.Y., chair of the House subcommittee that oversees the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has agreed to accept a restructuring of the agency's operating plan that frees up $75 million in unspent fiscal year 2004 money. The funds now can be used for the contracts, and other elements of the new space plan announced by President George W. Bush last January."

6 September 2004: CBO Study: A Budgetary Analysis of NASA's New Vision for Space Exploration

"This Congressional Budget Office study assesses the implications that those plans might have for the content and schedule of NASA's future activities as well as the funding that might be needed to execute them. CBO developed estimates of how the costs to carry out NASA's plans for space exploration might differ from its current budget projection and then assessed potential budgetary or programmatic options that might be available to address such cost differences."

8 September 2004: Moon plan comes at steep price: $64 billion, Huntsville Times

"NASA is going to have to earn it a dollar at a time and a day at a time," Cowing said. "There are now problems cropping up with (the plan to return the space shuttle to flight in 2005), and now with the hurricane (damage at Kennedy Space Center), the first time you will hear discussions about new money will be about cost overruns. "People are tired of hearing about cost overruns. They turn on cynic filters."



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