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NSF Congressional Highlight
Final VA-HUD Agreement Passed by the Senate

October 12, 2000

On Thursday, October 12, 2000 the Senate passed H.R. 4635 - the final Senate VA-HUD and Independent Agencies appropriations legislation for FY 2001. The vote was 87-8.

The legislation contains final congressional recommendations for the NSF in FY 2001 even though the legislation is not considered an official House-Senate conference report due to procedural reasons. It is expected that the House will quickly take up the agreement and pass it without amendment. This would clear the legislation for the President's anticipated signature.

The final bipartisan agreement for the FY 2001 VA-HUD and Independent Agencies legislation provides $4.426 billion for NSF overall in Fiscal Year 2001 - $529 million or 13.6% over Fiscal Year 2000. This represents the largest dollar increase the Foundation has ever received, in real or constant dollars.

Within this increase the agreement provides an additional $391.1 million over last year for the Research and Related Activities account, for a total of $3.350 billion. This includes:

  • $215 million for Information Technology Research (ITR) activities - an increase of $125 million from last year;
  • $75 million for the Biocomplexity initiative - an increase of $25 million; and
  • $150 million for the Nanoscale Science and Engineering initiative - an increase of $52.7 million.

Also within the RR&A account, $65 million is provided for the Plant Genome Research Program - an increase of $6.4 million over last year. The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program is funded at $75 million - an increase of $25 million over FY 2000.

The Major Research Equipment account is funded at $121.6 million, up $28.1 million from the previous year. This includes $45 million for a new Terascale Computing System, $16.4 million for the Large Hadron Collider, $28.2 million for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), $13.5 million for South Pole Station redevelopment, $12.5 million for the HAIPER high-altitude aircraft and $6 million for the Millimeter Array. No funding is provided for the Earthscope or NEON projects.

In the Education and Human Resources Account, the agreement provides a total of $787.4 million - up $96.45 million from last year and $58.35 million above the request. Within the EHR account, the Partnerships for Innovation is funded at $10 million and EP SCoR at $75 million. The Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) will receive $15 million total - $12 million from the EHR account ($4 million above the request) and $3 million as requested from the RR&A account. The new Scholarships for Service program-aimed at strengthening the security of the information technology infrastructure-would receive the President's request of $11.2 million. Programs that emphasize women and persons with disabilities would receive $16.5 million. The Graduate Research Fellowship program would increase to $55.2 million. The Graduate Teaching Fellowships in K-12 Education (GK-12) program is funded at $15.0 million, an increase of $6.25 million.

The Salaries and Expenses account was funded to $160.89 million - $ 11.99 million above FY 2000. The Office of the Inspector General is funded at the requested level of $6.28 million.

National Science Foundation Appropriations
in millions

Account

FY00

Request

House

Senate Comm. Mark

Final 2

RRA

$2,958.5

$3,540.7

$3,135.7

$3,245.7

$3,350.00

EHR

690.9

729.0

694.3

765.4

787.35

MRE

93.5

138.5

76.6

109.1

121.60

S&E

148.9

157.9

152.0

170.9

160.89

OIG

5.5

6.3

5.7

6.3

6.28

Total

$3,897.2 1

$4,572.4

$4,064.3

$4,297.2

$4,426.12 1


1 Final NSF figures do not include funds from the H-1B Petitioner Account currently estimated at $102 million for FY 2001.

2 The consensus manager's amendment passed by Senate on 10/12 will likely take the place of formal House-Senate conference report.

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