Budget: November 2004 Archives

The Times Chimes In

NASA's Budgetary Gift Horse, OpEd, NY Times

"Our feeling is that NASA should look very hard at terminating its two costliest programs, the International Space Station, now orbiting in a partially built state overhead, and the shuttle fleet that is being resuscitated to carry parts and astronauts up to the station. Those two programs eat up much of the NASA budget for little real gain."

Budget Flexibility Details

23 November 2004: Joint Explanatory Statement: (NASA Excerpts) Conference Report on H.R. 4818 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005

23 November 2004: NASA Excerpts from the Conference Report on H.R. 4818 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005

23 November 2004: Highlights of the Final FY05 Spending Bills (NASA Excerpt), House Appropriations Committee

"NASA is funded at $16.2 billion, $822 million above last year and $44 million below the request.The agreement give NASA almost total funding flexibility, but requires NASA to report to the Congress within 60 days on how they will adjust program values to cover increased costs associated with the Hubble servicing/repair mission and shuttle return-to-flight activities. This flexibility is unprecedented and gives the Administrator broad latitude to implement the Presidents vision for Space within the funds provided in the bill."

23 November 2004: NASA will phase out 100 shuttle jobs at KSC, Orlando Sentinel

"The official denials are literally accurate, despite repeated references in NASA's own internal documents to "layoffs." Most of the job cuts will be accomplished through attrition, retirement and leaving slots vacant -- not handing workers pink slips. The bottom line, however, is that fewer people will be preparing the shuttle fleet for its return to flight. Those remaining may work longer hours at a critical time."

23 November 2004: Budget ax falls on lunar probe, Florida Today

"Through a hectic weekend of politicking, all NASA learned was its friends in Congress somehow convinced colleagues to support the agency's full request for $16.2 billion -- with threats of a presidential veto hanging over their heads if Bush's moon-Mars plan did not get full funding."

23 November 2004: Big Spending Bill Makes a Winner of Mars Program but Many Losers Elsewhere, NY Times

"In fact, NASA was such a priority that the increase of $822 million to its budget prompted deeper cuts in other agencies. Before the NASA increase, the spending bill already provided for an across-the-board cut, for each domestic agency, of 0.75 percent from what Congress had planned to spend in the new fiscal year, budget aides said. Once the NASA money was added, the across-the-board cuts were raised to 0.8 percent."

The Hammer Visits JSC

22 November 2004: Congressman Delay to Discuss NASA Budget at NASA JSC

"Congressman Tom DeLay (R-Texas), joined by local Houston community leaders, will discuss NASA's budget with media at 2 p.m. CST today, Monday, Nov. 22, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston."

McCain On Earmarks

21 November 2004: Meet The Press, NBC

SEN. JOHN McCAIN, (R-AZ) "... We've got to have some kind of way of challenging these earmarks. We've got to have the president perhaps have the line-item veto. We've got to exercise not only overall budgetary control, but stop these earmarks. We're harming agencies like NASA and their ability to carry out their mission because we're diverting so much of the funds to other projects that are unnecessary and wasteful."

23 September 2004: NASA Excerpts from S. Rpt. 108-353; S. 2825, the Senate FY 2005 VA/HUD Appropriations Bill
10 September 2004: H Rpt 108-674 - VA/HUD Subcommittee's report on HR 5041

Budget Update

20 November 2004: Roll Call of Senate and House votes

21 November 2004: NASA receives spending boost, Orlando Sentinel

"Lawmakers approved a massive budget package Saturday that includes $16.2 billion for NASA and gives the agency an unusual amount of flexibility in deciding how to spend the money. Backers of the space program, including House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and the White House, fought until the end of negotiations to secure more money for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration."

20 November 2004: Congress Fully Funds NASA - $16.2 Billion Funds Shuttle, ISS & Clears Way for Vision to Start, Rep. Dave Weldon

20 November 2004: NASA Excerpts from Legislative Text, Conference Report to Accompany HR 4818 Consolidated Appropriations Act 2005

"In the pre-dawn hours Saturday morning, a House-Senate conference committee reversed itself and agreed to fully fund $16.2 billion for NASA's FY05 budget. The conferees had been moving towards a $15.9 billion appropriations for the space agency. The final amount is exactly what President Bush had requested for NASA, and fully funds the space shuttle, space station resupply, and initial spending for the president's space exploration vision.

Budget Battle Resumes

10 November 2004: AIP FYI #145: First Things First: Congress Attempts to Wrap-Up FY 2005 Budget Bills, AIP

"The FY 2005 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies bill is very problematic. In order to get the Senate bill out of committee, appropriators designated $2 billion as "emergency" spending for VA health care and NASA, money that did not count against the spending cap."

27 October 2004: NASA Named Agency of the Year by Federal Financial Group, NASA

"NASA has been named the 2004 Agency of the Year by a federal organization honoring excellence in financial management. NASA was honored for its implementation of the Web Time and Attendance Distribution System (WebTADS), a Web- based system that collects employee time and attendance information."

29 October 2004: Notice of Establishment Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee (NASA Financial Audit Committee)

"Purpose and Objective: The Committee will advise NASA Administrator on matters related to Agency financial management. The Committee will draw on the expertise of its members and other sources to provide its advice and recommendations to the Agency."

28 October 2004: Being Good Stewards of the Nation's Space Program, House Science Committee, Democratic Membership

"While the current Administrator was touted as a "bean counter" who would restore fiscal responsibility to the space agency, he has in fact presided over an agency who has now failed to achieve a passing grade on independent audits of its books for two of the last three years. More troubling, NASA's own inspector general has concluded that NASA is not likely to receive a clean audit for the next five years, and both the IG and the GAO have identified a series of problems with NASA's implementation of its financial management system."

20 October 2004: NASA OIG - Final Memorandum on Management of NASA Procurement Workforce, NASA OIG

"During the audit, we identified management control weaknesses for ensuring that designated Contracting Officer Technical Representatives (COTRs) received the required training. We found that, in some cases, COTRs lacked the required training necessary to carry out their delegated duties and responsibilities."



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