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Why R&D did well in the federal FY12 budget and looking ahead to FY13

By Eileen De Guire / January 12, 2012

A general representation of how federal spending breaks down into categories. Credit: Congressional Budget Office. We’ve been following the FY12 budget process and its favorable outcome for the science R&D community. The Budget Control Act was signed into law last August and deficit reductions were required in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. The graphic…

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Federal budget 2012—Congress starts committing to R&D funding

By Eileen De Guire / December 19, 2011

Congress has finalized the first three of twelve parts of the FY’12 federal budget. So far, things look relatively promising for STEM R&D. Credit: Congressional Budget Office. In November Congress approved three parts of President Obama’s $3.5 trillion budget request for FY 2012, which began Oct. 1, 2011. Why only three? To make the budget…

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Top federal sci-tech council calls for $16B increase in energy RDD&D funding, quadrennial review

By / December 3, 2010

I have been out of the news loop for several days because of some health problems, but it appears to me that surprisingly little notice was given to a report issued last week by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology that called for major new U.S. investments in energy-related research, development, demonstration…

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U.S. science funding at risk because of America COMPETES amendments

By / May 18, 2010

The update to the America COMPETES Act appears to be in trouble, threatening continued expansions of funding for NSF, NIST and DOE. Readers of this blog should contact their Representatives in Congress. The America COMPETES Act, first signed in 2007, was a big step forward for science R&D in the U.S. and for the first…

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Friday federal funding facts: ‘Same old, same old’

By / May 14, 2010

I finally got someone in the DOE press office to field some of my questions about why Recovery Act checks aren’t being sent! Ahem, that only took about 8 months. Unfortunately, I am still waiting on my answers (the press officer actually has been very nice, but struggling with this issue, too.) The party line…

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Friday federal funding facts

By / March 12, 2010

The fierce urgency of now tomorrow at the DOE: FYI, the average for all federal agencies is 30%. Still glue in the gears at the NSF, too:

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Friday federal funding facts: $2 billion finally spent by DOE

By / February 12, 2010

It took about 3 months for DOE to get the first $1 billion into circulation in the economy and about 2.5 months for the second $2 billion (still less than 10% of the total). I guess we should all be thankful for this smallest sign of improvement, but I wonder who will still be around…

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Friday federal funding facts

By / December 12, 2009

The DOE has paid out only 8% of its Recovery Act funds: And, the National Science Foundation has paid out only 4% of its Recovery Act funds: At least one commentator (see here) thinks my expectations are flawed about the speed of the funding from DOE and NSF. I continue to disagree. First, my expectations…

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