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President signs bill funding government agencies through FY 2018; NSF Director testifies on President's FY 2019 budget request for NSF

March 29, 2018

U.S. Capitol

On Mar. 23, the President signed into law the omnibus appropriations bill that funds the federal government for the rest of fiscal year (FY) 2018, which ends on Sept. 30. The House passed the measure by a vote of 256 to 167 on Mar. 22, and Senate approval came early the next day in a 65-to-32 vote.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, (Public Law 115-141) provides $1.3 trillion to fund the federal government, including $7.8 billion for NSF, an increase of $300 million over the FY 17 appropriation. The law funds NSF appropriations accounts as follows:

  • Research and Related Activities (R&RA) -- $6,334 million (up from $6,006 million in FY 17)
  • Education and Human Resources (EHR) -- $902 million (up from $873 million in FY 17)
  • Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) -- $183 million (down from $223 million in FY 17)
  • Agency Operations and Award Management (AOAM) -- $329 million (down from $382 million in FY 17)
  • National Science Board (NSB) -- $4 million (same as FY 17)
  • Office of Inspector General (OIG) -- $15 million (same as FY 17)
  • (These numbers may not add up due to rounding.)

    In other news, NSF Director France Córdova testified on March 15 before the House Science Committee on the President's FY 19 Budget Request for NSF. The request "represents a $7.47 billion investment in strengthening the nation's economy, security and global leadership through research in cutting-edge science and engineering and investments in STEM education and the future workforce. At this proposed level of funding, steady with FY 2017 congressional appropriations, NSF would continue its work supporting research that advances national priorities such as growth in manufacturing, defense, and cybersecurity," she said.

    Congress is currently not in session and will return the second week of April.


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