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NASA's FY2017 Budget Request

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 12-Feb-2016 (Updated: 22-Apr-2016 12:26 AM)
NASA's FY2017 Budget Request is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that summarizes, analyzes, and tracks the FY2017 budget request for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as it works its way through Congress.  NASA's request is complicated this year because it includes funding from both the discretionary and mandatory parts of the federal budget -- a total of $19.025 billion, but only $18.262 billion is requested through the usual appropriations route.  The remaining $763 million is a combination of $663 million to be redirected from cuts to mandatory spending, an untried strategy proposed by the Obama Administration in order to provide funding above the budget caps that were agreed to in October 2015, and $100 million from a tax the President wants to levy on oil companies for a 21st Century clean transportation initiative.  This fact sheet is updated as necessary.  The current date is April 21, 2016.

NOAA's FY2017 Budget Request for Satellites

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 10-Feb-2016 (Updated: 22-Apr-2016 06:36 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.  This fact sheet is updated as necessary.  The current date is April 22, 2016.

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: 22-Apr-2016 02:49 PM)
Legislative Checklist for 114th Congress:  Major Space-Related Legislation is a free SpacePolicyOnline.com fact sheet that provides tracking information for major legislation concerning the U.S. space program (civil, military and commercial) pending before or passed by the 114th Congress (2015-2016).  Information includes bill numbers, dates of action taken by congressional committees, and report numbers when bills are reported from committee.  The fact sheet is updated as needed.  The date of this issue is April 22, 2016.

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: 10-Dec-2015 06:39 PM)

Russia's usually reliable fleet of space launch vehicles 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 failures and their causes, where known.  It is updated as needed and was most recently updated on December 10, 2015.