SPECIAL UPDATE: The President's FY2009 Department of Commerce Budget Request
This update was originally sent out as an e-mail message to AGI's member societies. More details about DOC's budget for fiscal year 2009 are available from AGI's appropriation page for DOC.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
According to Lautenbacher, "this budget allows us to continue making significant investment to protect life and property through improved weather and extreme event forecasting. By investing in climate monitoring, research and modeling we further solidify the U.S. as the world leader in climate science."
In alignment with the improved weather forecasting goals outlined by Lautenbacher, the National Weather Service, would receive $930.7 million a 2% increase, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, would receive $1.2 billion, a 21% increase, while the other major divisions are slated for a decrease. The National Ocean Service would receive a total of $488.2 million, a 9% decrease from last year's funding level, and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research would receive $382.6 million, a 4% decrease.
The increases proposed in the National Weather Service (NWS) would
target the Local Warnings and Forecasts Base with an increase of $23
million above FY08 for a total of $601.9 million. Hurricane and Climate
Support Operations, that include NOAA's 15 new hurricane detection
buoys, and the Tropical Ocean Atmosphere Array (55 buoys), would increase
by $5.3 million, and Hurricane Forecast Modeling would increase by
The President requested $488.2 million for the National Ocean Service (NOS), a 50% decrease from last year's funding level. Activities related to Ocean Resources Conservation and Assessment would receive $157 million, a drop of $26 million below FY08. Within this program the Ocean Assessment account would receive $86 million (a decrease of $20 million, compared to FY08), the Reponses and Restoration account would receive $22.5 million (a decrease of $2.8 million), and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science account would receive $48.6 million (a decrease of $2.9 million). Funding for the Ocean and Coastal Management activities would total $98.8 million and includes $66.1 million for Coastal Zone Management grants. Also within NOS is $25.4 million, a $3.1 million decrease, for the Geodesy program.
While funding for the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) overall falls by $15.5 million the Climate Research program within the OAR sees a boost of $2.7 million above FY08 levels for a total of $195.5 million. The Competitive Research program, which includes the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), and the Climate Data and Information program within Climate Research are the big winners with increases of $4.6 and $8.3 million for program totals of $134.7 and $8.3 million, respectively. The losers within Climate Research would be the Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes, which may drop $1.9 million for a total of $51.6 million, and Climate Observations and Services, Abrupt Climate Change Research, and Drought Research Study programs which would be zeroed out in the FY09 budget request.
The Weather and Air Quality Research program also within the OAR would increase by $5.5 million for a total of $57.6 million, while the Ocean, Coastal and Great Lake Research program would decline by $24.2 million for a total of $106.2 million. The potential loss in the Ocean, Coastal and Great Lake Research program would result specifically in decreases in the National Sea Grant College Program (a decrease of $2.1 million for a total of $55 million), and the Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lake Research Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes (a decrease of $2.2 million for a total of $20.8 million). Finally within the OAR, the Ocean Exploration and Research program, that now includes the National Undersea Research Program (NURP), would increase by $8.3 million above FY08 for a total of $27.8 million.
The NOAA budget documents are available at http://www.corporateservices.noaa.gov/~nbo/
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
However, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) within NIST would receive $6.26 million in the FY09 budget. Most of the proposed program funds, $5.55 million, would be slated for research and development, while the remaining funds would be utilized by NIST, the lead agency, in the management of the program. The NEHRP increase would be the result of the President's request of $3.3 million above the FY08 baseline level ($1.7million), plus the allocation of $1.5 million to NEHRP from a new Disaster Resilient Structures and Communities Initiative proposed by the Administration in the FY09 budget.
Special update prepared by Marcy Gallo, Government Affairs Staff.
Sources: NOAA budget documents, NIST budget documents, Department
of Commerce budget documents.
Please send any comments or requests for information to the AGI Government Affairs Program.
Posted February 13, 2008.