Budget: November 2005 Archives

FY 2007 Budget Preview

Editor's note: NASA is expecting to get the 'passback' of its FY 2007 budget submission back from OMB any day now. Traditionally, NASA sends the budget over to OMB sooner - usually in October/early November - such that the 'passback' happens just before Thanksgiving. Traditionally, someone at NASA is pouring over budget charts while their turkey gets cold. This year things were delayed by a few weeks. All of this stuff is hush hush, ultra-secret, embargoed, etc. What follows is a preview of what NASA might expect - given what it asked for in FY 2006 - and now, for FY 2007.

NASA OIG: NASA's Most Serious Management and Performance Challenges

"The NASA Administrator testified on November 3, 2005, before the House Science Committee concerning a $3 billion to $5 billion shortfall in funding the Shuttle through 2010. Such a shortfall could also impact NASA's ability to meet its accelerated timeframe for the CEV and to meet ISS requirements. These budgetary pressures may not only impact the ability to execute programs within desired timeframes, but may also impact the Agency's ability to retain the technically competent workforce necessary for efficient transition to the new generation of vehicles."

NASA OIG: Audit of National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Fiscal Year 2005 Financial Statements

"In the enclosed Report of Independent Auditors, E&Y disclaimed an opinion on NASA's financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005. The disclaimer resulted from NASA's inability to provide E&Y auditable financial statements and sufficient evidence to support the financial stements throughout the fiscal year and at year-end."

Letter from the Coalition for Space Exploration to White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card

"The Coalition for Space Exploration, consisting of 42 aerospace companies and 11 industry associations, respectfully urges your support for an FY07 NASA budget of not less than $16.962B --- the funding proposed in the President's budget submittal last year for FY07."

Statement by the Press Secretary, White House

"On Tuesday, November 22, 2005, the President signed into law: ... H.R. 2862, the "Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006,"

AIP FYI #163: NASA Appropriations

"NASA will receive slightly more than a two-percent increase to its budget under the FY 2006 Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations Act. This compares favorably with the Bush Administration's plans to reduce domestic discretionary funding by 1.0%."

NASA Excerpts from Conference Report on H.R. 2862, Science, State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agenices Approp Act 2006

"The conference agreement provides $16,456,800,000 for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), instead of $16,471,050,000 as proposed by the House and $16,396,400,000 as proposed by the Senate."

House Names Conferees to NASA Authorization Bill

"The House of Representatives today named conferees to the House-Senate Conference Committee that will negotiate a final authorization bill for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)."

NASA Adminstrator's Statement on Passage of FY 2006 Budget

"I offer my sincere thanks to the House and Senate for endorsing and funding, for the second straight year, our activities to implement America's Vision for Space Exploration. NASA's FY 2006 funding bill of $16.5 billion - 0.7 percent of the federal budget..."

NASA Glenn gets boost from Senate-revised budget, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"While that's good news in the short term for the Glenn center, it's too soon to say that means an upward trend. NASA and Congress have not agreed on all the components as the space agency turns in a new direction. The long-term role of aeronautics -- Glenn's traditional strength -- has been at risk as the White House pushes to focus on space travel."

Senate passes NASA budget, Orlando Sentinel

"The budget is $260.3 million above what NASA got for the last fiscal year, and it is $1 million more than President Bush's request. Bush wants astronauts back on the moon by 2018 and possible exploration of Mars after the return to the moon got $3.1 billion of the budget."

House Passes NASA Budget

Editor's update: HR 2862 passed the House on Wednesday by a vote of 397 - 19 (Roll no. 581).

Editor's 9 Nov Note: The House is scheduled to take up the conference report for the Science, State, Justice and Commerce FY06 Appropriations bill, H.R. 2862, today. NASA Excerpt from H.R. 2862 at the House Republican leadership office:

"National Aeronautics and Space Administration is funded at requested level of $16.5 billion, $260 million above FY05. Funds the Presidents vision for space exploration at $3.1 billion; restores the aeronautics research program to $912 million. Provides full request for the Space Shuttle program and bill language is included directing the President to develop a national aeronautics policy."

NASA Excerpts from Conference Report on H.R. 2862, Science, State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agenices Appropriations Act 2006

NASA Excerpts from Conference Report on H.R. 2862, Science, State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agenices Approp Act 2006

"The conferees are extremely disappointed in the lack of detail provided in the fiscal year 2006 congressional budget justification. NASA is reminded that the primary purpose of budget justifications is to provide needed information to the Committees on Appropriations, and therefore must be submitted in a format with the necessary level of detail required by the Committees so that funding requests may be analyzed."

Space Pork

NASA Internal Memo: Enterprise Council (EC) ViTS 19 April 2005

"If earmarks from the Hill are legislated, we will release the money as soon as possible. He hates earmarks. We need to avoid earmarks in the first place or influence the earmark to benefit NASA work, but when we get them we need to fund them promptly. The bottom line is to honor earmarks when they are directed."

NASA Excerpts from Conference Report on H.R. 2862, Science, State, Justice, Commerce and Related Agenices Approp Act 2006

Editor's note: A partial list of all the earmarks. Read it and squeak. What any of this has to do with NASA or space exploration escapes me.

Editor's note: NASA has known that it would need an additional $5-6 billion dollars for several months now. This is evident from the following internal email sent by Mike Griffin to senior HQ management on 31 August 2005:


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