RL30139 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Budget Activities and Issues for the 106th Congress
19-Jan-2001; Wayne Morrissey; 15 p.
Abstract: For FY2001, the President requested $2.76 billion in appropriations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is the largest agency in the Department of Commerce (DOC), and received just over half of DOC's total budget for FY2001. The NOAA budget request for FY2001 was $417 million greater than FY2000 appropriations, an increase of 18%. Also, it was 10% greater than the $2.5 billion requested by President Clinton for FY2000. For FY2001, the President proposed $1.9 billion for Operations Research and Facilities (ORF), and $635 million for Procurement, Acquisition, and Construction (PAC), NOAA's two major budget divisions. Other NOAA funding totaled some $281 million, including $160 million for Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery; $100 million for a newly proposed Coastal Impact Assessment Fund; and $10 million for a Fisheries Assistance Fund. In FY2001, NOAA requested new budget authority of $30 million from collection of Navigation Services and Fisheries Management and Enforcement fees. Also, there was a slight change in the reporting structure of NOAA's budget, which had no impact on the overall request. NOAA also analyzes its annual budget request in terms of seven strategic goals for internal financial management, pursuant to the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Commerce, State, Justice, and Judiciary Appropriations for FY2001(H.R. 4690) passed the House, amended, on June 26, 2000, approving a total budget authority of $2.23 billion for NOAA. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed H.R. 4690 with an amendment in the nature of a substitute on July 18, 2000, approving $2.69 billion for NOAA. H.R. 4690 was incorporated into H.R. 4292, on October 26, 2000; conferees added $420 million and approved $3.04 billion for NOAA. Additional funding of $61.5 million was approved in the Omnibus Appropriations bill, H.R. 4577, on December 15, 2000, amounting to a total of $3.11 billion in final budget authority for NOAA for FY2001. The House Committees on Science and Resources and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation took up authorization legislation for certain NOAA programs for FY2000 - FY2001. Hearings were held on oversight of the National Weather Service Modernization program to address charges of possible degradation of weather services that might affect public safety and weather-related property losses. In the second session of the 106th Congress, Members dealt with NOAA's FY2001 budget request, which increased funding for Presidential environmental initiatives such as: National Disaster Reduction, Land Legacy, South Florida Ecosystems Restoration, Resources Protection, Clean Water, Minority Serving Institutions, and grants proposed under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). Two new research initiatives were proposed for FY200: Climate Observation and Services and America's Ocean Future, which continues NOAA's Ocean 2000 Initiatives. Also at issue was Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery funding and Stellar sea lion protection. Three NOAA authorization bills saw legislative action in the second session. Also, the FY2001 Interior Appropriations Act (P.L. 106-291) authorized $400 million for NOAA for coastal and Great Lake conservation ¨Land Legacy¨ activities. [read report]
Topics: Marine, Federal Agencies