NOAA Budget Request Looks Positive, Though Numbers Could Shift in Congress



[1] The Obama administration's budget request for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2012, which begins on 1 October, would increase the agency's funding level to $5.5 billion, up from $4.75 billion in the FY 2010 budget enacted by Congress. The budget request is $56.8 million less than the administration's FY 2011 request of $5.54 billion. However, as Eos went to press, Congress was considering a new budget continuing resolution (CR) that could fund the federal government through the end of FY 2011 at a significantly lower level than the president requested for the current year. The CR could dramatically affect NOAA's current budget, the upcoming debate over the FY 2012 budget, and high-priority programs including the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) to improve weather forecasting and climate monitoring.