Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2010
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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President Obama has requested 147.620 billion for RD in FY2010, a 555 million 0.4 increase from the estimated FY2009 RD funding level of 147.065 billion not including FY2009 RD funding provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act P.L. 111-5. According to the Obama Administration, preliminary allocations of RD funding provided under P.L. 111-5 brings total FY2009 RD funding to 165.400 billion. Unless otherwise noted in this report, comparisons of FY2009 and FY2010 RD funding do not incorporate funding provided under P.L. 111-5. Congress will play a central role in defining the nations RD priorities, especially with respect to two overarching issues the extent to which the Federal RD investment can grow in the context of increased pressure on discretionary spending and how available funding will be prioritized and allocated. A low or negative growth rate in the overall RD investment may require movement of resources across disciplines, programs, or agencies to address priorities. For the past three years, federal RD funding and execution has been affected by mechanisms used to complete the annual appropriations process--the year-long continuing resolution for FY2007 P.L. 110-5 and the combining of multiple regular appropriations bills into the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 for FY2008 P.L. 110-161, and the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 P.L. 111-8. Completion of appropriations after the beginning of each fiscal year may cause agencies to delay or cancel some planned RD and equipment acquisition. To the extent possible, the agency discussions in this report include an analysis of House and Senate actions with respect to RD funding. In some cases, however, there is insufficient information to parse agency RD funding from other spending.
- Administration and Management
- Government and Political Science
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods