Budget: April 2007 Archives

Planetary Society Urges Congress to "Restore NASA's Vision"

"The Society supports the Administration's Vision for Space Exploration, but noted that it has now become distorted, with valuable science and exploration missions being cannibalized to pay for it."

Space Studies Board News - January - March 2007: Comments from Lennard Fisk, NAS SSB

"The budget issue we must confront is not what we had, but what we need. Science in NASA has a job to do. We are to explore the universe and lay down the foundational knowledge for the human expansion into space. We are to determine the future of the Earth, so that sound policy decisions can be made to protect the future of our civilization. We are to contribute to the capability of the United States to compete in the world, whether it is through new knowledge, new technology, or a new workforce. There is no comfort in knowing that we have been proportionally abused in the NASA budget. We do not have the funds required to do our job, and we are not happy."

Editor's note: Have a look at this page : Board Meetings and Presentations, SSB Meeting March 5-7, 2007 if you want to get an idea why Len Fisk et al are so upset.

Show Me The Money

Lawmakers at odds with NASA's chief, Huntsville Times

"Keith Cowing, a former NASA employee who runs the NASAWatch.com Web site, said the feud between Shelby and Griffin seems silly compared to NASA's overall budget challenges "because it is over 32 people who won't even lose their jobs." "I don't think Mike Griffin is in trouble or will lose his job because of Richard Shelby. Shelby's in the minority now," Cowing said. "I think Mike Griffin thinks he can run NASA without Congress, sometimes, and that's not the case."

But Cowing said NASA's budget is shrinking. Because Congress failed to approve NASA's budget for fiscal 2007, the space agency is working under a continuing resolution that freezes budget money at the 2006 level. That means NASA has to keep programs going with a budget shortage of more than $500 million, NASA leaders have said.

"What's Mike Griffin supposed to do? What's NASA supposed to do? They have a mandate from the president and Congress to perform a task - return to the moon," Cowing said. "But (NASA) wasn't given enough money to start with, and now NASA has to deal with even less. Priorities have to be set, and money has to be shifted in the budget.

"Again, what's Mike Griffin supposed to do? Where's the money come from?"

NASA Lawmakers Write Letter to President Calling for Space Summit to Discuss Space Program Future, Rep. Weldon

Gordon and Udall Urge President to Help with NASA Funding, House Science and Technology Committee

"Dear Mr. President: As chairmen of the House Science and Technology Committee and its Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, we have a strong interest in ensuring that the nation's space and aeronautics programs are healthy and robust. In that regard, we are deeply concerned about the mismatch between the resources being provided to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the tasks that it is being asked to undertake. Stresses resulting from that mismatch can be seen in all of the agency's programs."

OMB Guidance on Earmarks

NASA Strategic Management Council Meeting Minutes and Actions 21 February 2007: "- OMB policy on earmarks: [Griffin] announced the new policy of OMB Director Rob Portman not to honor report language requiring congressionally mandated spending; the only earmarks that will be honored are those that are included in legislation. PA&E Strategic Investments Division Director Chris Shank warned members to expect special congressional requests to honor report language."

Just Send Money

NASA chief gives funding warning, Huntsville Times

"NASA Administrator Mike Griffin said Monday that the space agency will not grow unless Congress restores its funding to earlier levels. Speaking to a group from North Alabama during its annual Washington trip, Griffin said NASA could lose $3.4 billion during the next five years if cuts made in 2007 are not restored. ... "I've made the pledge that Marshall won't lose any work, but Marshall can't have more unless some other centers have less," he said. "Unless Congress chooses to allocate significantly more money, NASA can't grow. And, if NASA can't grow, the centers can't grow."



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