The Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies approved spending for agencies under its jurisdiction for fiscal year (FY) 2012. Spending levels total $52.701 billion in discretionary budget authority, a reduction of $626 million below the FY 2011 level. The bill also includes $135 million in disaster assistance. Among specific agencies of interest to ASCE, the bill provides:
- National Science Foundation - NSF is funded at $6.7 billion, a reduction of $162 million or 2.4 percent below the FY2011 enacted level.National Institute of Standards and Technology – NIST is funded at $680 million, which is $70 million below the FY 2011 enacted level. The bill does not include funding for new grants under NIST’s competitive construction program and eliminates funding for the Technology Innovation Program and the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Provides $5 billion for NOAA, which is $434 million above the FY 2011 enacted level. This provides NOAA $920 million for the Joint Polar Satellite System, $438 million more than FY 2011. Due to this increase, NOAA’s other programs will face administrative and overhead reductions.
- Economic Development Administration – The bill provides $257 million for the EDA. EDA grants are funded at $220 million, which is $25.5 million less than FY2011.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA is funded at $17.9 billion, a reduction of $509 million or 2.8 percent from the FY2011 enacted level.
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