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NSF Congressional Highlight
House and Senate Conferees Meet

October 7, 1999

On October 7, House and Senate conferees met to resolve their differences on the funding for agencies and programs in the FY 2000 VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act. This legislation includes funding for the VA, HUD, EPA, NASA, national service as well as the National Science Foundation. After some intense negotiations with OMB, the conferees reached the following agreement with respect to NSF:

The conferees agreed to provide NSF with a total budget of $3.91 billion -- this amount represents an increase of $240 million or 7% over the FY 1999 appropriation. For the Research and Related Activities account, the conferees have agreed to provide a total of $2.966 billion -- nearly $200 million or 7% over the FY99 level. Within this account, the conferees provided $105 million for information technology research; $50 million for biocomplexity; $60 million for the plant genome program; and $25 million to support arctic logistics. The conferees did not adopt the Senate proposal which would have directed NSF to transfer the $25 million for arctic logistics to the Arctic Research Commission. The conferees included bill language that limits NSF support for internet domain registration -- a provision similar to the one included in last year's appropriations bill and consistent with National Science Board policy. In addition, the conferees agreed to the Senate's proposal to include buy/build America language concerning the future acquisition of a research vessel with icebreaking capability.

For the Major Research Equipment account, the conferees agreed to provide $95 million - this is $10 million above the request. The additional funds are for initial steps towards the acquisition of a high altitude research aircraft. Within the conference agreement $36 million is provided for the terascale computing system -- this is identical to the request and is in addition to the $105 million provided for information technology research in the research and related activities account. Also included in the conference agreement are the funds requested for the Large Hadron Collider, the Millimeter Array, the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, polar aircraft upgrades, and South Pole Station modernization.

For Education and Human Resources, the conferees agreed to provide $696.6 million -- this is a $34.6 million increase over the FY99 level. Within this account the conferees have agreed to provide: a total of $65 million for EPSCOR and the new innovation partnership effort; $46 million for informal science education; and $10 million to support undergraduate activities at historically black colleges and universities -- of which $8 million is from the Education account and $2 million is to be provided from the Research account.

The Salaries and Expenses account is funded at the level of $149 million while the Office of Inspector General is funded at the level of $5.45 million -- both levels are equal to the budget request.

More details will be provided as soon as the conference report is available.

FY 2000 National Science Foundation
Appropriations Table

Account

FY99

Req

House

Senate

Conf

RRA

2770.00

3004.00

2778.50

3007.30

2966

MRE

90.00

85.00

56.50

70.00

95

EHR

662.00

678.00

660.00

688.60

697

S&E

144.00

149.00

146.50

150.00

149

OIG

5.20

5.45

5.33

5.55

5

Total

3671.2

3921.45

3646.83

3921.45

3912

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