Congress: April 2009 Archives

Today the House Science and Technology Committee held it's first ever hearing on Keeping the Space Environment Safe for Civil and Commercial Users.

Below are links to the witness testimony and additional material.

Witness Testimony

- Lt. Gen. Larry D. James
- Mr. Nicholas Johnson (** Briefing Charts)
- Mr. Richard DalBello
- Mr. Scott Pace

Press Releases

Committee Examines Ways to Make the Space Environment Safer for Civil and Commercial Users, House Science and Technology Committee

Space-Faring Nations Must Better Monitor and Mitigate Space Debris, Witnesses Say, House Science Committee Republicans

Investment Needed to Combat Debris Threats to U.S. Space Assets, Aerospace Industries Association

"Space debris is a current and growing threat to U.S. exploration activities, and leaders must make situational awareness a top national priority, AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said in congressional testimony Tuesday."

Editor's Update: Pentagon may reach satellite analysis goal early, Reuters

"The U.S. military may reach its goal of doing collision analysis on 800 maneuverable satellites before October, and is examining the possibility of tracking 500 more satellites that cannot be maneuvered, a top Air Force general said on Tuesday."

Oiling the Wheels

Frank's Note: Check out this report on federal campaign contributions for last year's campaign cycle at Open Secrets

Honeywell lead the defense/aerospace sector with a total contributions of $2.5 million. Lockheed was right behind at $1.6 million and Boeing in third place at $1.3 million. Interestingly enough, their contributions were almost evenly divided between Dems and the GOP, with Dems slightly ahead in the dollars donated. Of course, from the perspective of the aerospace giants, this just makes good (political) sense. But how do readers think change will come about if the status quo is so well represented?

Gordon on NASA Budget

AIP FYI #42 Chairman Gordon on FY 2010 Budget

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION: "I am pleased that the Administration has requested $18.7 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Fiscal Year 2010, which I consider to be welcome recognition that NASA needs additional resources to carry out the important tasks that the nation has given it. I strongly urge the Subcommittee to provide at least this level of funding, and hope that you will give serious consideration to providing appropriations for NASA consistent with the funding level authorized in the NASA Authorization Act of 2008.

"Last year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of NASA. As we look ahead to the opportunities and challenges facing NASA over its next 50 years, I believe that we must do what we can to enable NASA to continue to engage in the most cutting-edge research and serve as inspiration for the next generation of scientists and engineers. To do this, NASA will need resources that are sufficient to allow it to fulfill each of its diverse missions, including space and Earth science, microgravity research, human space flight and exploration, aeronautics research and development, and education, as productively as possible."

The Budget Road Ahead

House Approves Budget, Including Commitment to Science and Technology Funding

"Today, the House of Representatives approved H.Con.Res.85, which sets budget levels for fiscal year 2010 through 2014. .. Budget levels for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Energy Office of Science are included in function 250."

"(3) General Science, Space, and Technology (250):

Fiscal year 2009: (A) New budget authority, $35,389,000,000. (B) Outlays, $30,973,000,000.
Fiscal year 2010: (A) New budget authority, $31,139,000,000. (B) Outlays, $32,467,000,000.
Fiscal year 2011: (A) New budget authority, $31,493,000,000. (B) Outlays, $32,407,000,000.
Fiscal year 2012: (A) New budget authority, $33,373,000,000. (B) Outlays, $32,465,000,000.
Fiscal year 2013: (A) New budget authority, $34,419,000,000. (B) Outlays, $33,614,000,000.
Fiscal year 2014: (A) New budget authority, $35,686,000,000. (B) Outlays, $34,835,000,000."

NASA ARC Memo: Message from the Deputy Center Director Status Report on FY09 Conference Attendance

"We would like to take this opportunity to share our latest understanding on where the agency is on the Conference Limitations requirement addressed in the March 11, 2009, Omnibus Appropriations Act (P.L. 111-8). In that Act, Congress modified what is affected by the $5 million conference cap at NASA to exclude education, scientific and technical conferences. Some conference attendance will still be subject to the $5 million conference cap. The Agency is in the process of revising the NASA Interim Directive (NID) 9312.1, "Requirements Relating to Conference Attendance, Obligation and Expenditures" to clarify the changes. However, we are still under the requirement to track and report all conference expenditures to Congress."


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