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On Feb. 2, President Bill Clinton gave Congress a 1999 budget containing surprisingly good news for many of the agencies that fund scientific research and development (R&D). The 381-page document, representing the first balanced budget Balanced budget

A budget in which the income equals expenditure. See: budget.


balanced budget

A budget in which the expenditures incurred during a given period are matched by revenues.
 proposal for the federal government in 3 decades, detailed some $1.7 trillion in spending programs.

While mandated efforts to balance the budget have caused science funding to slip in recent years, the Years, The

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 proposed 1999 budget offers a nearly $2 billion increase, to slightly more than $78 billion, in R&D spending by military and civilian agencies.

When adjusted for inflation, projected to be 2.0 percent, this increase represents a 0.6 percent rise over 1998 budget figures.

As the military portion of R&D funding continues to shrink, civilian agencies receive more of the bounty. Nondefense R&D jumps an inflation-adjusted 3.7 percent, to $37 billion, under the proposed budget. Moreover, in outlining the Research Fund for America set out by President Clinton in his State of the Union address “State of the Union” redirects here. For other uses, see State of the Union (disambiguation).
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, the budget calls for civilian R&D funding to grow by 32 percent in the next 5 years.

Presidential science adviser John H. Gibbons John Howard (Jack) Gibbons was born in Harrisonburg, VA, in 1929. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry from Randolph-Macon College in 1949 and a doctorate in physics from Duke University in 1954.  notes that the 1999 budget emphasizes the research component of R&D--welcome news to universities whose faculty pursue fundamental questions in science. Indeed, funding for basic research, both civilian and military, would increase 5.5 percent after inflation.

"It's a lot better starting point Noun 1. starting point - earliest limiting point
terminus a quo

commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the
 than we've seen in a while," says Albert H. Teich, director of science policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), private organization devoted to furthering the work of scientists and improving the effectiveness of science in the promotion of human welfare.  in Washington, D.C. "Still, you have to bear in mind it's not a done deal. There are a lot of hungry mouths to feed."

The most ambitious new science project in the budget is the Department of Energy's $1.3 billion Neutron Spallation spal┬Ěla┬Ětion
n.
1. A nuclear reaction in which nuclei are bombarded by high-energy particles, causing the liberation of protons and alpha particles.

2. Fragmentation.
 Source, which would use a particle accelerator particle accelerator, apparatus used in nuclear physics to produce beams of energetic charged particles and to direct them against various targets. Such machines, popularly called atom smashers, are needed to observe objects as small as the atomic nucleus in studies  to send high-energy protons into liquid mercury, generating neutrons to probe materials, biological molecules, and the nature of matter. Though construction is not likely to start until 2000, the 1999 budget includes an initial $157 million for planning the facility, which would be built at Oak Ridge Oak Ridge, city (1990 pop. 27,310), Anderson and Roane counties, E Tenn., on Black Oak Ridge and the Clinch River; founded by the U.S. government 1942, inc. as an independent city 1959.  (Tenn.) National Laboratory

Overall, the Energy Department did well. Its R&D budget is slated to rise an inflation-adjusted 8.6 percent, with some of the new money going to the Climate Change Technology Initiative, a 5-year research and technology plan to reduce the country's emissions of greenhouse gases. The Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and  and several other federal agencies would join that initiative.

Another agency slated to receive a windfall in the 1999 budget is the Department of Health and Human Services Noun 1. Department of Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Health and Human Services, HHS
, which oversees the National Institutes of Health. In 1999, NIH "Not invented here." See digispeak.

NIH - The United States National Institutes of Health.
 funding would leap an inflation-adjusted 6.5 percent, bringing its total to $14.8 billion. Furthermore, the budget outlines a plan to increase NIH's funding by 50 percent over 5 years.

Much of the new NIH money will be earmarked for cancer research and for research on AIDS and emerging infectious diseases. NIH Director Harold Varmus notes that nearly half the money will be used to increase the number and size of research grants available to investigators around the country.

The National Science Foundation would see an inflation-adjusted 8.8 percent increase in funding, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 the 1999 budget proposal. The foundation plans to emphasize new research programs in computing, communications, and science education.

Despite the scientific and public relations public relations, activities and policies used to create public interest in a person, idea, product, institution, or business establishment. By its nature, public relations is devoted to serving particular interests by presenting them to the public in the most  success of the Mars Pathfinder mission, financial hard times at NASA NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
NASA
 in full National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Independent U.S.
 would continue. The agency's funding would drop an inflation-adjusted 4.5 percent in fiscal 1999. Still, Daniel S. Goldin, head of the space agency, remains upbeat. "The 21st-century NASA does better and more with less," he asserts.

The new NASA budget continues funding for the International Space Station, whose first components are scheduled to go into space later this year, and provides initial money for a satellite that would visit Jupiter's moon Europa. The craft, scheduled for launch in 2003, would bounce radio waves Radio waves
Electromagnetic energy of the frequency range corresponding to that used in radio communications, usually 10,000 cycles per second to 300 billion cycles per second.
 off the moon's icy surface, measuring the ice's thickness and determining whether an ocean of water--perhaps harboring life (SN: 11/1/97, p. 284)--exists under the frozen crust.

While the President's 1999 budget proposal has brightened the faces of many science agency officials, the source of most of the additional money for R&D remains unclear. Congressional opponents complain that the President's budget depends too much on billions of dollars from a still-unachieved legal settlement between tobacco companies and the federal government.

"The administration is clearly trying to force Congress to pass this tobacco settlement. If you associate all these good things, like health research, with it, that puts pressure on Congress," notes Teich.
           Research and Development Budget Authority
                   (in millions of dollars)(*)

                                       FY 1997       FY 1998
Agency or Department                   (actual)    (estimated)

Defense                                  37,238       37,430
Health and Human Services                12,941       13,836
 (National Institutes of Health)        (12,750)     (13,648)
NASA                                      9,348        9,752
Energy                                    6,234        6,477
National Science Foundation               2,463        2,607
Agriculture                               1,562        1,559
Commerce                                    978        1,079
Interior                                    592          609
Transportation                              612          676
Veterans Affairs                            588          608
Environment Protection Agency               564          637
Other                                       833          928
 Total                                   74,003       76,198

                                     FY 1999       Percent Change
Agency or Department               (proposed)    1998-1999([dagger])

Defense                                 37,010         -3.1
Health and Human Services               15,136          7.2
 (National Institutes of Health)       (14,798)        (6.3)
NASA                                     9,501         -4.5
Energy                                   7,174          8.6
National Science Foundation              2,893          8.8
Agriculture                              1,552         -2.4
Commerce                                 1,080         -1.9
Interior                                   631          1.6
Transportation                             775         12.4
Veterans Affairs                           670          8.0
Environment Protection Agency              631         -2.8
Other                                    1,106         16.8
 Total                                  78,159          0.6


(*) Adapted fro Office of Management and Budget The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), formerly the Bureau of the Budget, is an agency of the federal government that evaluates, formulates, and coordinates management procedures and program objectives within and among departments and agencies of the Executive Branch.  data; figures are rounded.

([dagger]) Adjusted for 2.0 percent inflation.
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Title Annotation:1999 federal budget
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