Sunday, May 24, 2015

FY 2016 Budget Activity

On May 20, the House Appropriations Committee marked up the FY 2016 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill.  The Committee recommends a total of nearly $5.2 billion for NOAA, which is $273.7 million below FY 2015 and $807.4 below the President’s Budget Request for FY 2016 request.

The Committee recommendation includes a total of $409.7 million for OAR operations, research and facilities (ORF) and $22.379 for procurement, acquisition and construction (PAC).  ORF is $23.2 million below FY 2015 spend plan and $74.9 million below the FY 2016 request.  The PAC recommendation is equal to the request level and $9.0 million above the FY 2015 spend plan level.

The recommendation includes a $30 million decrease in OAR Climate Research from FY 2015 (-$20 million in Climate Competitive Research and -$10 million in Labs and Cooperative Institutes).  It also decreases Sustained Ocean Observations and Monitoring by $1.3 million from FY 2015. The bill provides increases to weather and air chemistry research ($5 million for laboratories and Cooperative Institutes and $4 million to the US Weather Research Program), and Ocean Exploration and Research ($4 million), as well as supports the requested increase of $9 million for high-performance computers.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to mark up their version of the bill, and may do so in June.

Craig McLean, OAR Assistant Administrator, will hold an OAR Update call from 3-4 pm EDT on June 1. If you would like to join the call or be added to the list for future calls, please email

President's FY 2016 Budget Request

On February 2, President Obama issued his proposed FY 2016 budget for NOAA, which totals nearly $6 billion supports investments in our priorities: (1) community and economic resilience, (2) evolving the National Weather Service, (3) observational infrastructure, and (4) organizational excellence.  NOAA requests a total of $507 million to support the continued and enhanced operations of OAR, an increase of $60.7 million above the FY 2015 enacted.  You can find more detailed information in the NOAA FY 2016 Blue BookOAR Highlights, and this table of OAR budget activity from FY14-FY16.

Craig McLean, OAR Assistant Administrator, will hold an OAR Update call from 3-4 pm ET on June 1. If you would like to join the call, please email

FY 2015 Budget

On December 16, President Obama signed H.R. 83, funding most of the government, including $5.44 billion for NOAA, for the remainder of FY15. The bill is now Public Law 113-235.

PL 113-235 provides OAR funding of $432.9M for Operations, Research and Facilities (ORF), which is $16.5M above the FY14 enacted level of $416.4M and $15.9M below the FY 2015 request of $448.8M.  For OAR Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC), the bill provides $13.4M, which is $3M above the FY 2014 enacted level of $10.4M and the same as the FY 2015 request of $13.4M.

Budget Process

We receive many questions about the timing of the budget process.  The timeline below is intended as a guide to help explain the process from budget formulation to execution. 

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Constituent Updates

OAR Assistant Administrator Craig McLean holds quarterly OAR Update calls for constituents.

Please email or call Rochelle Plutchak at 301-734-1176 to be added to the invitation list for these calls.

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