For the first time in 13 years, Congress has cut the budget of the National Science Foundation (NSF), decreasing the federal agencys operating budget by 1.9 percent from 2004 levels. Funded at $5.47 billion, NSF received $105 million less than it did last year, and $232 million less than the fiscal year 2005 request, despite the presidents recommendation for a 3 percent increase. The budget results for other federal agencies and departments were mixed.
For more information on the 2005 budget as well
as Web coverage of the presidents proposed 2006 budget for science, which
comes out on Feb. 7, visit www.geotimes.org/WebextraArchive.html.
"Science on a budget," Geotimes Web Extra, Dec. 29, 2004
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