From: NASA HQ
Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2006
On December 11, 2006, Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) and Congressman David Obey (D-WI), who will lead the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations in the new Congress, announced their intent to pass a year-long joint resolution to complete the FY 2007 appropriations process, with no earmarks.
NASA has been informed by Committee staff that the assumption for the full-year FY 2007 joint resolution is expected to be the "current rate," defined as FY 2006 enacted levels, minus FY 2006 emergency supplemental appropriations. Committee staff have indicated that they will consider some exceptions to this formula.
For NASA, the "current rate," as defined by Committee staff above, would be $16.273B, or a reduction of approximately $520M from the President's FY 2007 request. This would impact NASA in several ways:
NASA is evaluating implications of the "current rate" as defined by Committee staff, as outlined above, versus other potential formulae, such as "current rate" as defined in OMB guidance, and/or the formula included in the current FY 2007 Continuing Resolution to determine whether alternative scenarios would result in less severe impacts to ongoing programs.
NASA is also evaluating the respective funding levels for the Science, Aeronautics and Exploration appropriations account and the Exploration Capabilities appropriations account under these various scenarios, and may seek circumscribed programmatic transfer authority to address imbalances.
NASA will also seek to incorporate into the joint resolution Katrina transfer authority, which would permit the Agency to transfer available emergency supplemental funds to repay the remaining $40M in funds borrowed from the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs for immediate Katrina needs.
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