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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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Updates

White House Releases FY 2019 President's Budget Request

In February 2018, the White House released the FY19 President’s Budget. A full-year 2018 appropriation was not enacted at the time the FY 2019 Budget was prepared; therefore, the Budget is built off of the Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-123). The amounts included for 2018 reflect the annualized level provided by the continuing resolution. All other comparisons and discussions of the budget request and policy will use the Annualized CR as the base. 

In FY 2019, NOAA requests a total of $2,937.8 million for ORF and $1,623.0 million for PAC. The FY 2019 Budget requests $321.7 million to support OAR’s continued and sustained operations. For details on the OAR request, see the NOAA Blue Book and Congressional Submission on the NOAA Budget Office page.

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018

On March 23, 2018, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub.L. 115–141) for FY2018 was signed into law by President Trump. This provides a total of $5.77B for NOAA. This includes $3.54B for NOAA Operations, Research and Facilities (ORF) and $2.29B in Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC).

OAR Operations, Research, and Facilities (ORF) - OAR ORF is funded $507.5M, an increase of $29.8M above FY 2017 enacted.

Climate Research - OAR Climate Research is funded at $158.0M (equal to FY17 enacted).

  • Climate Research Labs and Cooperative Institutes: $60M
  • Regional Climate Data and Information: $38M 
  • Climate Competitive Research: $60M

Weather and Air Chemistry Research - OAR Weather and Air Chemistry Research is funded at $113.5M, nearly equal to FY 2017 enacted.

  • Weather and Air Chemistry Research Labs and Cooperative Institutes: $85.7M 
  • U.S. Weather Research Program: $12.6M 
  • Tornado Severe Storm Research/Phased Array Radar: $13.1M 
  • Joint Technology Transfer Initiative: $20.0M

Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research - Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research is funded at $205.8M, an increase of $13.0M from FY 2017 enacted.

  • Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research Labs and Cooperative Institutes: $36.0M 
  • National Sea Grant College Program: $65.0M 
  • Marine Aquaculture Program: $11.5M 
  • Ocean Exploration and Research: $36.0M 
  • Integrated Ocean Acidification: $11.0M
  • Ocean Joint Technology Transfer Initiative: $3.0M
  • Sustained Ocean Observations and Monitoring: $41.8M 

High Performance Computing (HPC) Initiatives ORF - HPC ORF is funded at $12.2M.

OAR Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC)

NOAA requests a total of $41,000,000 to support Procurement, Acquisition, and Construction activities for OAR, reflecting an increase of $4,621,000 about the FY17 enacted amount.

This is directed to “complete the recapitalization of Gaea, a NOAA R&D supercomputer located in Oak Ridge, TN, and establish a new funding model to regularly upgrade NOAA’s computing capacity".

OAR ROUNDTABLES

Constituent involvement is essential to OAR's success as we strive to define our priorities and align them with the NOAA Five-Year Research Plan.

BUDGET

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

STRATEGIC PLAN

NOAA Research has updated its Strategic Plan to create a framework aligned with the NOAA 5-year Research & Development Plan released last year.

SANDY SUPPLEMENTAL

Read about OAR's $74.7 million investment across four areas, approximately half of which will support extramural investigators.

Oar Headquarters

Phone: 301-713-2458
Address: 1315 East-West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910

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The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - or "NOAA Research" - provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet. Working in partnership with other organizational units of the NOAA, a bureau of the Department of Commerce, NOAA Research enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth. Our role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally, and globally.

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