President Bush outlined his continued support for science and technology in the FY 2005 budget request he sent to Congress today. Under the proposed plan the Technology Administration (TA) would receive $529.8 million. The funding builds on the President's continued commitment to research and development, especially in the areas of nanotechnology and cybersecurity.
"The President realizes that technology is central to both our economic security and our homeland security," said Under Secretary of Technology Phillip J. Bond. "Given the President's efforts to hold the line on non-defense funding, this budget request represents a significant investment in our science and technology infrastructure that would enable us to both win the war on terror and remain competitive around the world."
The Technology Administration includes the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Office of Technology Policy (OTP), and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). Below is a more detailed breakdown of the TA budget:
The President's request for NIST is $521.5 million. The request is divided into three appropriations:
The NIST Laboratory budget includes several research initiatives to strengthen our nation's technological competitiveness, including:
The mission of the Technology Administration is to maximize technology's contribution to America's economic growth. OTP's mission is to develop national policies and initiatives to enable technology to best contribute to America's competitiveness.
The funding in the President's budget proposal will be used to support the agency's work with the private sector to maximize technology's impact on the war on terrorism, homeland security, job creation, nanotechnology, education and economic growth. This budget line also funds the office of the Under Secretary.
NTIS is a repository of much of the government's technical information that is used by the science and technical communities. NTIS maintains, sells and distributes a collection of scientific and technical information from various federal agencies.
NTIS covers its operating costs through fees for its products and services; in keeping with past practice, there is no FY 2005 appropriation request for the function.