From the day he took office, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke has been working to improve the way the Department of Commerce serves its customers, especially American entrepreneurs and businesses, the backbone of our nation's economy. The Department is focused on strengthening the conditions for economic growth and opportunity by promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, and stewardship. The 2011 budget reflects this ethic and will allow the Department of Commerce to better meet the needs of the American people.
The President's FY 2011 budget request for the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) proposes a funding level of $918.9 million, a 7.3 percent increase over the FY 2010 appropriations for the agency.
"While the President's budget request freezes most domestic spending, NIST needs this increase to ensure we're making the kind of future-oriented science and technology investments that ultimately create high-wage jobs and jump-start the economy," said Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
"The President's request for NIST recognizes the critical role that measurement science and standards play in fostering innovation and economic growth," said NIST Director Patrick Gallagher. "The budget also maintains the President's commitment to double the NIST laboratory budget by 2017 to support and enhance our world leadership in the physical sciences and technology."
The pages that follow provide specifics describing the NIST FY 2011 budget request.