FY 2016 Budget Activity
On June 11, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations passed the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill through Committee. The Senate bill has yet to be debated on the Senate floor, where it could be amended.
For NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the Senate bill included a total of $456.1 million, which includes $436.0 million for OAR Operations, Research and Facilities (ORF) and $20.1 million for OAR Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC). ORF is $48.6 million below the FY 2016 request, $3.2 million above the FY 2015 enacted level, and $26.3 million above the House Mark. The PAC recommendation for research supercomputing is $2.3 million below the FY 2016 request level and $6.7 million above the FY 2015 enacted level.
The Senate bill includes a $5 million decrease from FY 2015 for Climate Research (-$5 million from Climate Competitive Research). The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) is funded at the FY 2016 request level of $13.5 million. The bill provides a slight increase over FY 2015 levels for Weather and Air Chemistry Research (+$0.7 million for U.S. Weather Research Program, +$342 thousand for Tornado Severe Storm Research/Phased Array Radar), but recommends $6.2 million less than the FY 2016 President’s budget request, and $8.3 million less than was recommended by the House. The bill provides a total of $179.7 million for Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research, which is $7.64 million above the FY 2015 enacted, $6.7 million below the FY 2016 request, and $9.5 million above the House Mark. This includes increases for Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes (+$5 million from FY15), the Sea Grant Marine Aquaculture Program (+$5.5 million from FY15) and Integrated Ocean Acidification (+$2.5 million). It includes decreases for Ocean Exploration and Research (-$5.7 million from FY15) and Sustained Ocean Observations and Monitoring (-$296 thousand).
On June 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FY 2016 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill, H.R. 2578.
For NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the House-passed bill includes a total of $430.7 million for operations, research and facilities (ORF) and $22.379 for procurement, acquisition and construction (PAC). ORF is $2.2 million below the FY 2015 spend plan and $53.9 million below the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 request. The PAC recommendation is equal to the request level and $9.0 million above the FY 2015 spend plan level.
The House passed CJS bill includes a $30 million decrease in OAR Climate Research from FY 2015 (-$20 million in Climate Competitive Research and -$10 million in Labs and Cooperative Institutes). It also decreases funding from the FY 2015 enacted levels for: marine aquaculture within the National Sea Grant College Program (-$2.5M), Oceans, Coastal, and Great Lakes research for Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes (-$2M), and Sustained Ocean Observations and Monitoring (-$1.3 million). The bill provides increases to Ocean Exploration and Research ($4 million) and supports the President’s Budget requested increase of $9 million for high-performance computers. In addition, this bill provides increases to OAR Weather and Air Chemistry Research ($10 million for Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes and $20 million to the U.S. Weather Research Program). Part of this weather research increase ($21 million) was made possible via redirection of funds from NOAA corporate headquarters, an impact that would be felt across the agency.
As part of this legislation, an amendment was passed on the House floor that prohibits, “the use of funds to implement the United States Global Climate Research Program's National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Report, the United Nation's Agenda 21 sustainable development plan, or the May 2013 Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis under Executive Order 12866.” (H.AMDT.336)
The Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, is scheduled to begin marking up their version of the FY 2016 appropriations bill on Wednesday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Craig McLean, OAR Assistant Administrator, holds quarterly constituent update calls. If you would like to be added to the list for future calls, please email email@example.com.
President's FY 2016 Budget Request
On February 2, President Obama issued his proposed FY 2016 budget for NOAA, which totals nearly $6 billion supports investments in our priorities: (1) community and economic resilience, (2) evolving the National Weather Service, (3) observational infrastructure, and (4) organizational excellence. NOAA requests a total of $507 million to support the continued and enhanced operations of OAR, an increase of $60.7 million above the FY 2015 enacted. You can find more detailed information in the NOAA FY 2016 Blue Book, OAR Highlights, and this table of OAR budget activity from FY14-FY16.
Craig McLean, OAR Assistant Administrator, will hold an OAR Update call from 3-4 pm ET on June 1. If you would like to join the call, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FY 2015 Budget
On December 16, President Obama signed H.R. 83, funding most of the government, including $5.44 billion for NOAA, for the remainder of FY15. The bill is now Public Law 113-235.
PL 113-235 provides OAR funding of $432.9M for Operations, Research and Facilities (ORF), which is $16.5M above the FY14 enacted level of $416.4M and $15.9M below the FY 2015 request of $448.8M. For OAR Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC), the bill provides $13.4M, which is $3M above the FY 2014 enacted level of $10.4M and the same as the FY 2015 request of $13.4M.
We receive many questions about the timing of the budget process. The timeline below is intended as a guide to help explain the process from budget formulation to execution.
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