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Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2010

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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. 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. Five of the twelve regular FY2010 appropriations bills have been signed into law. The Interior- Environment Appropriations Act, 2010 P.L. 111-88, was signed into law by President Obama on October 30, 2009. Division B of the act, Further Continuing Appropriations, 2010, extends the continuing resolution CR included in Division B of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010 P.L. 111-68, until December 18, 2009. The CR allows all departments and agencies, including those that receive RD funds, whose appropriations bills have not been enacted to continue funding their operations at FY2009 levels until December 18, 2009, or until the FY2010 appropriations bill that funds their department or agency is signed into law. 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.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

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