UCAR Policy Insider: April 6, 2022
Appropriations and budget review
Apr 6, 2022 - by Staff
Apr 6, 2022 - by Staff
The next few weeks and months are commonly considered the height of “appropriations season” on Capitol Hill. Below are brief summaries of where things stand with the federal budget, and important information about potential funding opportunities stemming from the administration’s landmark infrastructure package.
Several weeks ago Congress passed the FY22 omnibus appropriations bill, which comes approximately six months after the start of the fiscal year. The FY22 bill included an increase of 6.7% for non-defense spending over the FY21 levels. Unfortunately the non-defense spending increases were not as large as the FY22 president’s budget had outlined, and in the end most federal science agencies saw increases in their topline funding increase in the 5% to 6% range. Some of the FY22 highlights include:
The president’s FY 2023 budget proposes $813 billion for defense spending, an increase of $31.2 billion or 4%. For non-defense spending, the president’s FY 2023 budget proposes a total of $767 billion, an increase of $78 billion or 10.6%. There is already a fast-approaching debate over the topline defense spending number, and it is unlikely that the defense increase stays that low or that the non-defense spending increases stay that high. Some of the highlights of the president’s FY23 budget proposal are:
Congress will now have its say on the priorities articulated by the president in his FY23 request. Over the coming months, committees will hold hearings on the FY23 request and agencies will release their “blue books,” which further delineate spending priorities in directorates, divisions, and program offices. As is usually the case, the final budget for FY23 will likely be lower than what the president has requested.
Last November, Congress passed and President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill provided approximately $848 billion in funding for agencies to support 375 programs characterized by infrastructure type (including over 125 new programs) included in the law. The bill provides funding for programs to help rebuild various infrastructure areas. Over the past few months, multiple agencies that received money in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Pub. L. 117-58) have developed funding opportunities to support activities related to transportation; climate, energy, and the environment; broadband; and various other programs. These opportunities include:
To highlight these opportunities, the administration has created a website, build.gov, and a guidebook to allow users to see what future funding opportunities are available, who to contact, and how to get ready for the programming and upcoming funding. There is also detailed information about key dates, programs by agency, key issue areas, and eligible recipients. The guidebook and further details surrounding these funding opportunities can be found here.