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SMD STEM Activities Receive $20M in President's FY16 Budget

Posted on February 3, 2015 - 2:47 PM CST

Tags: SMD E/PO Community

The White House released its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016 on February 2nd, 2015. Here is a link to the budget details for NASA:

http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/NASA_FY_2016_Budget_Estimates.pdf

On pages 191-192 you can see that the funding levels for SMD STEM Activities are budgeted for $20 million.

The President's budget is only a proposal and Congress must actually pass a spending bill. In the past few years the President's budget had a minimum amount of funding allocated for SMD Education and Congress then "restored" the funding in their spending bills (which did not get passed until well into the fiscal year). However, NASA must plan their activities based on the President's budget in the time before Congress passes a spending bill.