Budget: December 2006 Archives

We will need specifics to evaluate proposal, editorial by Rep. Bart Gordon

" ...we will need more specifics from NASA and the president to fully evaluate the current moon base proposal for its value, feasibility and, of course, affordability. If a return to the moon is really the president's priority, he needs to come up with the funds required, not simply take money from NASA's other core missions and programs."

Selected Quotes From 2006

AIP FYI #144: Of Note: S&T Policy Quotations of 2006

"Yes, there are winners, but also many losers." - Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN), Ranking Minority Member on Science Committee on the Administration's FY 2007 S&T request

"I have to say, this is probably the most depressing hearing I've sat through." - Rep. Gordon discussing proposed FY 2007 NASA science budget.

"We . . . have created an irrational exuberance." - NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on space science researchers' expectations for future budgets

"The plain fact is that NASA simply cannot afford to do everything that our many constituents would like the Agency to do." - NASA Administrator Griffin

"Is this going to be a techno-whoops?" - Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on the space station program

"If you allow the [NASA] workforce to disappear from 2010 to, say, 2015 or 2020, you can never replace these people. The expertise that you lose cannot be put back together again. Once Humpty Dumpty and the skilled workforce is dead and depleted, you can never put it back together." - Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) speaking in opposition to amendments to shift FY 2007 NASA funding

Bad Budget News For NASA

NASA Internal Memo: Preliminary Assessment - Implications of Full-Year FY 2007 Continuing Appropriation for NASA

"On December 11, 2006, Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) and Congressman David Obey (D-WI), who will lead the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations in the new Congress, announced their intent to pass a year-long joint resolution to complete the FY 2007 appropriations process, with no earmarks.

NASA has been informed by Committee staff that the assumption for the full-year FY 2007 joint resolution is expected to be the "current rate," defined as FY 2006 enacted levels, minus FY 2006 emergency supplemental appropriations. Committee staff have indicated that they will consider some exceptions to this formula."

AIP FYI #141: Slipping Away: FY 2007 Budget Increases for DOE Office of Science, NSF, NIST

"On Monday, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Rep. David Obey (D-WI) announced their support of legislation that in almost all cases would keep funding flat, and in other instances reduce or eliminate funding, for almost every federal department or agency through September 30, 2007."

Byrd, Obey Set Plan to Finish 2007 Bills, Senate Appropriations Committee

"Unfortunately, there are no good options available to us to complete the unfinished work of the Republican Congress. After discussions with our colleagues, we have decided to dispose of the Republican budget leftovers by passing a year-long joint resolution. We will do our best to make whatever limited adjustments are possible within the confines of the Republican budget to address the nation's most important policy concerns."

2007 funding measure will differ from continuing resolution, Dems say, Federal Times

"The measure that Democratic leaders of the next Congress are crafting to fund federal agencies for the remainder of the 2007 fiscal year will be a far cry from the continuing resolutions that agencies are accustomed to. Instead of providing a set amount of funding which in the case of the current continuing resolution, is the lowest of the House-approved, Senate-approved, or fiscal 2006 level lawmakers plan to create a much more specific document that may provide additional money where necessary to keep the agencies operating."

Editor's note: The continuing resolution regarding budget matters that Congress now seems set to adopt is causing major concerns in ESMD. ESMD needed a 700 million dollar rampup in FY 2007 in order to proceed with Constellation as planned. That budget increase won't happen if the NASA budget is fixed at FY 2006 levels - which is what this continuing resolution woudl do. As such, everything is apparently on the table. As one NASA source put it "a new round of carnage can be expected as what's left gets cut up to feed the Constellation dragon."

Science Democrats Track NASA Foreign Contract Reporting, House Science Committee, Democratic Membership

"The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has determined that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will not be able to issue its required annual report to Congress in January 2007 regarding their contracts and subcontracts performed overseas, as well as on NASA purchases from foreign entities."

NASA's System for Tracking Foreign Contracts and Subcontracts GAO-07-142R, GAO

"Summary: NASA will not fully meet congressional reporting requirements on fiscal year 2006 foreign purchases by January 2007 because it is not collecting all the data needed to do so. ... In addition, although NASA has collected supplier base data for its Space Shuttle program, it does not collect or analyze agencywide data on its suppliers."

Rep. Boehlert Asks OMB for Additional Science Funding in FY 2008, Stresses Importance of ACI

"Last, but not least, NASA needs additional funding if it is to move ahead with both the Vision for Space Exploration and the space science, earth science and aeronautics research required by the NASA Authorization Act of 2005. There is no reason to launch the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle before 2014, and there is every reason to retire the Space Shuttle in 2010, as planned."

NASA Looks to the Future With Eye on the Past, Washington Post

"But Wes Huntress, a former NASA associate administrator and ex-member of the NASA science advisory board, said that ever since Bush announced the space exploration vision, the administration has refused to give the agency additional funding to accomplish its mission. The result is that "Griffin has had to cannibalize the agency to get the money for the new program," Huntress said. "Even at that, I don't think there are sufficient funds to support even the return to the moon once the program gets really moving."



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