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NASA's FY2018 Budget Request

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 18-Mar-2017 (Updated: 18-Mar-2017 04:52 PM)

NASA's FY2018 Budget Request is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that tracks the FY2018 budget request for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as it works its way through Congress.   President Trump released a FY2018 budget blueprint on March 16, 2017 providing some details on his request for NASA, but detailed information will not be available until the full request is sent to Congress in a several weeks. The total request is $19.1 billion.  This fact sheet is updated as needed.  The current date is March 18, 2017.

NOAA's FY2018 Budget Request for Satellites

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 16-Mar-2017 (Updated: 16-Mar-2017 05:13 PM)

NOAA's FY2018 Budget Request for Satellites is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that tracks the FY2018 budget request as it works its way through Congress.  The Trump Administration released a budget blueprint on March 16, 2017 with a broad overview of the request for NOAA, but no specific funding levels for NOAA's weather and space weather satellite programs.  This fact sheet will be updated as needed.  The current date is March 16, 2017.

Legislative Checklist: 115th Congress

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 09-Feb-2017 (Updated: 22-Mar-2017 05:53 PM)
Legislative Checklist for 115th Congress: Major Space-Related Legislation is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that identifies and tracks major legislation concerning the U.S. space program (civil, military and commercial) introduced in the 115th Congress (2017-2018).  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.  The fact sheet is updated as needed.   This version is dated March 22, 2017.

NASA's FY2017 Budget Request

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 12-Feb-2016 (Updated: 07-Mar-2017 09:20 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 hi gher level than permitted under budget caps the President and Congress agreed to in October 2015.  The 114th Congress did not pass either a NASA authorization bill or a NASA appropriations bill.  The 115th Congress is continuing work on both. A new NASA authorization bill (S. 442) cleared Congress on March 7, 2017 and is awaiting signature by the President.   This report is updated as needed.  The current date is March 7, 2017.

NOAA's FY2017 Budget Request for Satellites

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 10-Feb-2016 (Updated: 16-Mar-2017 08:54 PM)
NOAA's FY2017 Budget Request for Satellites is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that tracks the FY2017 budget request for NOAA's satellite programs as it works 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.  The 114th Congress did not pass a FY2017 appropriations bill for NOAA.  The 115th Congress continues work on the request.  The agency is funded through April 28, 2017 under a Continuing Resolution (CR).  This fact sheet is updated as needed.  The current date is March 16, 2017.

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.