Monday, April 27, 2015

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.

The February 18 OAR Update call has been postponed. If you would like to join Craig McLean, OAR Assistant Administrator, for an update call on the President's 2016 Budget Request for OAR, please email A new date will be posted once confirmed.

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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Funding Opportunities


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.

Constituent Links


Constituent Calendar


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