Budget: February 2007 Archives

AIP FYI #27: Bush Administration Draws a Firm Line on FY 2007 Earmarks

"A February 15 memorandum from the Office of Management and Budget instructs the heads of federal departments and agencies not to obligate funding for earmarks contained in congressional reports or documents through September 30 of this year. Earmarked funding can only be provided for a project or activity if it has been specifically identified in statutory text. As a result, earmarks for thousands of projects remaining from previous years have been canceled."

Stealth Senate Budget Hearing

Editor's note: The Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee has scheduled a Hearing on NASA's Budget for 28 February - i.e. this Wednesday. Mike Griffin is testifying. Yet, if you were to rely on NASA's Legislative Affairs Congressional Hearing Calendar (last upated 17 January 2007) which says "NO SCHEDULED HEARINGS" you wouldn't know that this hearing was even happening. You would think that with all of the budget issues swirling around, that NASA HQ would want its people to know what is going on.

Editor's update: After sitting untended for more than a month Code L updated this web page around 5:00 pm EST today.

McCain on Space Exploration

McCain meets religious broadcasters in Fla., holds town meetings, KVOA

"[Republican presidential candidate John McCain] also said he strongly supports missions to Mars and that Florida should continue to play a major role in space exploration. "There's too much invested there. There's infrastructure that's very expensive and very extensive there," he said."

Fiscal Year 2007 Joint Funding Resolution, Senate Appropriations Committee, 14 Feb 2007:

"NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA) The Appropriations Committee does not provide additional funding for NASA. However, unlike the base CR, specific funding levels for NASA sub-accounts are designated."

Mikulski: CR was the Best We Could Do

"While I would have liked to have increased funding for NASA, there was simply not enough extra funding available for us to do so. Within the limits of NASA's FY 06 operating plan, we added an extra $460 million to exploration while protecting other critical NASA programs in science and aeronautics. With only seven months left in this fiscal year, I believe NASA will be able to manage their programs in exploration with minimal impact to the overall schedule."

Budget Jitters at JPL

JPL Continues Battle of Budget, Arcadia Weekly

"Congressmen Adam Schiff and David Dreier have been the budget bodyguards for the local space center, which Schiff calls the "crown jewel" of the nation's space program. Budget cuts for NASA and continued efforts to direct priorities to the manned space program and the space shuttle has put the robotic explorations popularized by JPL into a secondary position."

JPL Budget Not Likely to Lead to Lay-offs, Valley Sun

"JPL is budgeted project by project, O'Toole said. The projects that JPL is now working on have already had their budgets approved. It is this year's budget constraints that are more of a concern for O'Toole than the 2008 purposed budget."

OSTP on FY 2008 Budget

Congressional Testimony on FY 2008 R&D Budget by OSTP Director John Marburger

"The President's 2008 Budget for NASA is $17.3 billion, a 3.1 percent increase over the President's 2007 request, reflecting a strong commitment by the Administration to the continued pursuit of the Vision for Space Exploration. The 2007 House-passed full-year CR, however, reduces the 2007 Budget by $545 million to $16.2 billion. If NASA is not provided its 2007 request level of $16.8 billion, the agency needs flexibility within its appropriation accounts to reduce the adverse consequences of a top-line reduction."

Lawmakers, administration clash over science funding, Government Executive

"[House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon] also noted that NASA is not included in the president's competitiveness agenda, and he questioned whether that means the administration does not view aeronautics, earth and space sciences as "world-class" sciences."


Statement of Administration Policy H.J. Res. 20 Making Continuing Appropriations for the fiscal year 2007 (Sponsor: Obey (D) Wisconsin), OMB

"National Aeronautics and Space Administration: In reducing NASA's overall budget by $528 million from the President's 2007 request, the House also specified funding levels for NASA programs within NASA's appropriation accounts, reducing funds for exploration by $577 million below the President's request, while funding other programs in the same account at levels substantially above the request. This unbalanced allocation could jeopardize NASA's ability to develop new exploration capabilities in a timely manner. The Administration strongly urges the Senate to provide NASA with the flexibility it needs to achieve the goals and timeline of the Vision for Space Exploration, while maintaining balanced programs in space science, Earth science, and aeronautics."

Editor's note:The fact that NASA made it into the SAPdemonstrates some committment from the White House to ensuring funding for the Vision. However, the language "The Administration strongly urges the Senate to provide NASA with the flexibility it needs to achieve the goals and timeline of the Vision for Space Exploration, while maintaining balanced programs in space science, Earth science, and aeronautics." is so limp that it conveys virtually no seriousness of purpose.

Transcript of NASA FY 2008 Budget Briefing 5 February 2007

"We have many challenges ahead of us. We are on track making progress in tackling them. The FY08 budget request demonstrates commitment to our Nation's leadership in space and aeronautics research, and while we may be taking a hit with the FY07 appropriation, we will carry on, though not at the pace we had hoped."

NASA Budget Information

Comments by Mike Griffin: Highlights of NASA's FY 2008 Budget Request

"We have many challenges ahead of us, but we are on track and making progress in tackling these challenges. The FY 2008 budget request demonstrates commitment to our nation's leadership in space and aeronautics research, and while we may be taking a hit with the FY07 appropriation, we will carry on, though not at the pace we had previously hoped."

Full Budget Request (4.2 Mb PDF)
Agency Summary (710 Kb PDF)
Presentation Charts (743 Kb PDF)

Budget Reaction

Sen. Hutchison Applauds NASA Funding Increase in the President's Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Request
Gordon on President's FY08 Budget: Lacks Priorities, Consistency to Ensure U.S. Competitiveness
Space Foundation CEO: FY2008 Budget Proposal Inadequate to Assure Continued U.S. Leadership in Space
NASA Can Fix Its Budget Problems By Buying from Private Industry Instead of Competing with It!

Rep. Hall's Comments on President's Proposed FY08 R&D Budget

"As for NASA, the overall budget would increase by 3.1 percent. As promised, the President has prioritized funding for NASA, which speaks volumes for his dedication to funding American competitiveness and keeping our nation at the cutting edge of human space flight and exploration."

Sen. Mikulski Disappointed With Lack of Presidential Leadership on NASA

"In his 2006 State Of The Union Address, President Bush announced the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) to encourage American innovation and strengthen the nation's ability to compete in the global economy. His failure to include NASA in the initiative has meant a diminished Bush administration priority. Agencies included in the initiative, like the National Science Foundation (NSF), received an increase of 7 percent in the President's 2008 budget compared to his 2007 budget, while NASA only saw a 3 percent increase compared to his 2007 budget."

NASA FY 08 Budget Press Conference

NASA Associate Administrators Discuss Budget Details

"NASA Administrator Michael Griffin briefs the media about the agency's Fiscal Year 2008 budget at 1 p.m. EST, Monday, Feb. 5. The press briefing is in NASA's main auditorium located at 300 E Street S.W. in Washington."

The NASA budget and supporting information will be available at 1 p.m., Feb. 5, on the Internet at:

Budget Thoughts

Too drastic - Our position: The cuts for NASA would seriously endanger the space effort, editorial, Orlando Sentinel

"NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has warned that his agency could lose much of its skilled work force if the interval between the shuttle's retirement and Orion's launch is too long. That's what happened in the 1970s, when the agency hemorrhaged talent in the gap between the Apollo and shuttle programs. House Republicans are griping that they didn't have any input into the stopgap spending plan. It's hard to feel too sorry for them; their failure to pass a budget when they still had control on Capitol Hill opened the way for Democrats to put together their own plan reflecting their own priorities."

Budget battles will get tougher, Huntsville Times

"An unfinished 2007 budget and the November election that put Congress under Democratic control have shuffled federal spending priorities. Over the past week, two major Huntsville programs were slashed by the House - $545 million from NASA's return to the moon and $3 billion in Pentagon spending needed to move military work here as part of the 2005 BRAC plans."

AIP FYI #14: House Votes to Increase NSF, DOE, NIST Budgets

"Yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted to substantially increase FY 2007 funding for the Department of Energy Office of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. H.J. Resolution 20 now goes to the Senate, with the intention to get this bill on the President's desk before current funding expires on February 15."

Editor's note: Well, it sure looks like Mike Griffin is really getting the budget shaft - this time from both the White House and Congress. When it comes to the budget he needs to implement the very same exploration policy that the White House initiated and Congress voted to approve, no one seems to care anymore. What's a NASA Administrator to do? Yes, this video offers one silly solution - but it seems almost logical when you look at the bait and switch approach currently being taken at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.



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