- NASA Watch
- June 28, 2022
The Real Reason Why NASA Got A Big Budget Plus Up
Letter From OMB Director Mulvaney to Houe Speaker Ryan, OMB
“This addendum includes additional funding for a limited set of Administration priorities, but notably, it also proposes to use higher spending caps as an opportunity to fix some long-time budget gimmicks that the Congress has used to circumvent the spending caps and add billions to the Nation’s deficits. … National Aeronautics and Space Administration: $300 million to fund innovative exploration-related programs and address needs in other parts of the agency.”
Keith’s note: So … one would assume that had an overal budget deal not been reached last week (i.e. the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, mentioned in the opening of this letter) that NASA’s budget would have only increased by $100 million. Note that the letter says the $300 million is to be used to “fund innovative exploration-related programs and address needs in other parts of the agency”. Not very specific.
Keith’s update: Acting NASA CFO just admitted that this budget plus up was a “surprise” and that they have to adjust their detailed budget document to show where they will spend the money. This is a nice position to be in – but NASA’s budget is expected to be more or less flat in the out years which actually means a slow motion budget cut due to the eroding effect of inflation.