Budget: May 2021 Archives

NASA Administrator Statement on President's FY 2022 Funding Request

"This FY 2022 budget, along with continued bipartisan support for NASA's goals and missions, will empower NASA and the United States to lead humanity into the next era in exploration - an era in which government and the private sector partner to take us farther than ever before - to the Moon, to Mars, and beyond - and to expand science, economic growth, and well-being here on Earth."

- FY 2022 Budget Summary
- FY 2022 NASA Agency Fact Sheet
- FY 2022 Mission Fact Sheets
- FY 2022 Congressional Justification NASA Budget Request
- Initial FY 2022 Budget Request Summary (released April 20, 2021)
- More NASA Budget information

Keith's note: No mention is made of the $10-11 Billion that Bill Nelson wants from the Infrastructure bill.

Keith's 21 May update: Earlier this week Bill Nelson suggested that NASA could solve all of its financial woes by getting $10-11 billion out of the new Infrastructure bill. Well, tick tock. Republicans balked at the overall bill so President Biden came back with a smaller counter offer. There will likely be more. It looks like there is a lot less money in the cookie jar - and R&D is no longer going to be a priority. As I mentioned below, Nelson's faith-based budget plan really does not have a Plan B in case the infrastructure windfall he hopes for does not happen. Well ... half a trillion dollars just disappeared from the infrastructure bill that we were all looking at when Nelson testified.

Here's what's in Biden's counteroffer on infrastructure, CNN

"The new plan would reduce the size of Biden's initial proposal, known as the American Jobs Plan, from $2.25 trillion to $1.7 trillion and make four key concessions, according to the counteroffer document obtained by CNN. ... Research and development: $180 billion: This is another investment Biden is prepared to take off the table. His original plan called on Congress to invest $180 billion to advance US leadership in critical technologies, upgrade the US's research infrastructure and establish the US as a leader in climate science, innovation and research and development."

Statement of: The Honorable Bill Nelson Administrator, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations

"President Biden's FY 2022 discretionary funding request, transmitted in April, is $24.7 billion for NASA, an increase of more than six percent over the FY 2021 enacted level. This funding supports the programs summarized here and supports significant NASA contributions to Administration priorities."

Keith's 20 May note: In yesterday's FY 2022 budget hearing Bill Nelson touched on a lot of things but two stood out: the HLS (Human Landing System) contract and getting more money for NASA. His prepared testimony matches with what he said during questioning. But one thing that is wholly absent from this prepared statement is where he expects to try and get billions in new funds - billions and billions of dollars' worth.

Nelson decided that the way for NASA to get out of the fiscal mess it is in is to do a Hail Mary pass and dive into the new TBD Jobs Bill that the Administration is formulating and grab some dollars. He said "You can put $5.4 Billion into the jobs bill for the HLS that would be at the end of the day producing jobs. Another $200 million could go into that bill for spacesuits." He went on to say "We can also put $585 million on nuclear thermal propulsion."

Nelson then turned to another pot of forthcoming money - the multi-trillion dollar Infrastructure bill and said "Part of the jobs bill is infrastructure - there's another $5.4 Billion. Look at NASA facilities in your state (congressman) - there is aging infrastructure." Do the math. All told, it looks like he wants to raid the cookie jar for something like $10 - 11 billion. One would assume that OMB is on board with this plan.

GAO: NASA: Assessments of Major Projects

"The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) portfolio of major projects in the development stage of the acquisition process continues to experience cost increases and schedule delays. This marks the fifth year in a row that cumulative cost and schedule performance deteriorated (see figure). The cumulative cost growth is currently $9.6 billion, driven by nine projects; however, $7.1 billion of this cost growth stems from two projects--the James Webb Space Telescope and the Space Launch System. These two projects account for about half of the cumulative schedule delays. The portfolio also continues to grow, with more projects expected to reach development in the next year. The majority of projects are managing the effects of the pandemic by using cost and schedule reserves--extra money or time set aside to accommodate unforeseen risks or delays. However, the full effects of COVID-19 are not yet known, and these reserves may be insufficient for several projects."

House Appropriations CJS subcommittee Hearing: FY 2022 Budget Request for NASA

Keith's note: This is the first time that NASA Administrator Senator Astronaut Bill Nelson faces Congress. There is no mention made of the hearing on the NASA TV calendar. But wait - the NASA TV site says it will air the hearing at 2:00 pm. So much for the accuracy of the NASA TV calendar I suppose.


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