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NASA's FY2017 Budget Request

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 12-Feb-2016 (Updated: 28-Dec-2016 05:31 PM)
NASA's FY2017 Budget Request is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that summarizes and analyzes President Obama's FY2017 budget request for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and congressional action on it.  The request was complicated because it included funding from both the discretionary and mandatory portions of the federal budget -- a total of $19.025 billion.  Only $18.262 billion was from appropriated funds.  The remaining $763 million was a combination of $663 million to be redirected from mandatory spending and $100 million obtained through a tax President Obama wanted to levy on oil companies.  This unique strategy, which was rejected by Congress, was proposed by the Obama Administration because it wanted to fund NASA at a higher level than permitted under budget caps the President and Congress agreed to in October 2015.  This version of the fact sheet, dated December 28, 2016, reflects action through the end of the 114th Congress, which did not pass either the FY2017 appropriations bills or a NASA authorization bill.  NASA is funded through April 28, 2017 under a Continuing Resolution.

NOAA's FY2017 Budget Request for Satellites

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 10-Feb-2016 (Updated: 28-Dec-2016 06:25 PM)
NOAA's FY2017 Budget Request for Satellites is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that tracked the FY2017 budget request for NOAA's satellite programs as it worked its way through Congress.  The FY2017 request is $2.063 billion. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce, operates the nation's civil weather satellites and other environmental satellites.  This December 28, 2016 version of the fact sheet summarizes action through the end of the 114th Congress, which did not pass a FY2017 appropriations bill for NOAA.  The agency is funded through April 28, 2017 under a Continuing Resolution

NOAA's FY2016 Budget Request for Satellites

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 16-Feb-2015 (Updated: 23-Dec-2015 06:56 PM)
NOAA's FY2016 Budget Request for Satellites is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that briefly explains President Obama's FY2016 budget request for NOAA's satellite programs in the Procurement, Acquisition and Procurement (PAC) account, including polar-orbiting and geostationary weather satellites (JPSS and GOES), space weather satellites (DSCOVR and a space weather follow-on), the COSMIC-2 GPS radio occultation (GPS-RO) constellation, the Jason-3 ocean altimetry satellite, and efforts to launch three other instruments as part of the SIDAR program.  The fact sheet is updated as congressional or other actions warrant.  The current date is December 23, 2015.

Legislative Checklist: 114th Congress

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 10-Feb-2015 (Updated: 04-Jan-2017 06:22 PM)
Legislative Checklist for 114th Congress:  Major Space-Related Legislation is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that tracked major legislation concerning the U.S. space program (civil, military and commercial) that was introduced in or passed by the 114th Congress (2015-2016).  Information includes bill numbers, dates of action taken by congressional committees, report numbers when bills are reported from committee, and public law numbers for those signed into law.  This is the final version of the fact sheet, dated January 4, 2017, reflecting all action through the end of the 114th Congress on January 3, 2017.

NASA's FY2016 Budget Request

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 02-Feb-2015 (Updated: 23-Dec-2015 01:31 PM)
NASA's FY2016 Budget Request is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that summarizes the NASA's budget request and explains the key issues the request will face as it makes its way through Congress.  The key issues this year are the request for NASA's earth science program, its planetary science program, the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), and priorities between the Space Launch System/Orion versus commercial crew.  The fact sheet is updated routinely to reflect congressional actions and other developments.   This version is dated December 22, 2015.

What's a Markup? Answers to That and Other Legislative Mysteries

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 03-Jan-2015 (Updated: 03-Jan-2015 02:38 PM)

Our popular "What's a Markup?" fact sheet was refreshed in January 2015.  It explains basic congressional terminology and the legislative mysteries involved in making a bill into law.   It is not meant to be a comprehensive treatment of lawmaking, but a beginner's guide for those interested in following space policy developments in Congress.

NOAA's FY2015 Budget Request for Satellites

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 26-May-2014 (Updated: 03-Jan-2015 11:49 AM)
NOAA's FY2015 Budget Request for Satellites is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that briefly describes President Obama's FY2015 budget request for NOAA's satellite programs in the Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC) account and tracks congressional action on those programs during the FY2015 budget cycle.  The PAC account includes the vast majority of money NOAA spends on its weather satellites and other operational environmental satellite systems.  The fact sheet was updated as needed throughout 2014.  This is the final version, dated January 3, 2015.

NASA's FY2015 Budget Request

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 25-Mar-2014 (Updated: 03-Jan-2015 11:46 AM)
NASA's FY2015 Budget Request is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that briefly describes President Obama's FY2015 budget request for NASA and includes four tables identifying the request for specific NASA activities.  The fact sheet is updated as the request moves through Congress.   For FY2015, President Obama also is requesting funds for NASA as part of his Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative (OGSI) and that request is also discussed in this report.   This report was updated routinely throughout 2014.  This is the final version and is dated January 3, 2015.

NASA's FY2014 Budget Request

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 22-Jul-2013 (Updated: 24-Mar-2014 09:49 PM)
NASA's FY2014 Budget Request is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that includes a table showing how much money NASA is requesting for FY2014 in each of its accounts and subaccounts compared to how much it received for FY2013 after two rescissions and the sequester were applied to NASA's FY2013 budget.  The fact sheet then tracks congressional action on the FY2014 request, showing how much was approved by each of the congressional authorization and appropriations committees that consider NASA's funding request and how much NASA received in the final FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act ("the omnibus").   The final version of this fact sheet is dated March 4, 2014.

List of Russian Space Launch Failures Since December 2010

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 02-Jul-2013 (Updated: 04-Dec-2016 10:06 PM)

Russia's usually reliable fleet of rockets has been suffering a string of failures since December 2010.   A free SpacePolicyOnline.com Fact Sheet entitled List of Russian Space Launch Vehicle Failures Since Dec. 2010 provides a list of the rocket failures and their causes, where known.  It is updated as needed and was most recently updated on December 4, 2016.