Committee on Science

F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, JR., CHAIRMAN

Ralph M. Hall, Texas, Ranking Democrat

www.house.gov/science/welcome.htm

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Summary of Conference Report Outlined

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Science Committee Chairman F. James
Sensenbrenner, Jr., (R-WI) later today will appear before the House Rules
Committee to discuss House consideration of the NASA Authorization Act of
2000 conference report (H.R. 1654) expected later this week. The House
originally approved H.R. 1654 on May 19, 1999 and the Senate passed its
version on November 5, 1999.

Summary:

H.R. 1654 provides a two-year authorization of appropriations for NASA —
$14.184 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2001 and $14.625 billion for FY2002.
The President requested $14.035 billion for NASA in FY2001 and $14.465
billion for NASA in FY2002.

Highlights:

  • Provides a $25.0 billion cost cap for International Space Station
    (ISS) development and a $17.7 billion cost cap for Space Shuttle launch
    costs in connection with ISS to control cost growth. The cost cap does
    not apply to operations, research, or crew return activities after ISS
    completion. An additional contingency fund of $5 billion for ISS and $3.5
    billion for Space Shuttle is authorized to provide flexibility in case of
    an emergency or other unusual circumstance.

  • Directs NASA to establish a non-governmental organization (NGO) to
    manage research and commercial activities on the ISS after it is completed
    to improve scientific utility of the Space Station.

  • Prohibits NASA from spending funds to design, procure, or develop an
    inflatable space module to replace currently planned and already-built ISS
    components. Technical, cost, and schedule uncertainties with inflatable
    technology make it prohibitively risky to substitute into the current ISS
    design. The provision, however, does not preclude NASA from leasing a
    commercially developed inflatable structure as long as it costs the same
    or less than the current design, does not cause a schedule delay, or
    increase safety risks.

  • Includes initiatives encouraging the NASA administrator to seek
    reduction in Space Station utilization rights for International Partners
    that willfully violate any of their commitments to the program. Provides
    for equitable utilization of the ISS in accordance with the ISS
    Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA).

  • Authorizes a 2.5% increase in funding in FY2001 and FY2002 for
    Science, Aeronautics and Technology, such as Space Science, Life &
    Microgravity, Earth Science, Aero-Space Technology, and Academic Programs.

  • Increases funding for Life & Microgravity Research: +10.8% in FY2001
    and +14.5% in FY2002.

  • Authorizes $290 million in FY2001 and $610 million in FY2002 for the
    Second Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle Program.

  • Authorizes $492 million in FY2001 for Space Shuttle safety and
    performance upgrades. Also, the bill directs NASA to conduct a study to
    assess the relative priority of Shuttle upgrades which are under
    consideration.

  • Directs NASA to conduct a study to assess the readiness of the
    scientific community to use the Space Station for life and microgravity
    research.

  • Requires NASA to perform an Independent Cost Analysis before funds
    may be obligated for projects expected to cost in excess of $150 million.

    Summary of Authorization:

       

    FY2001

       

    FY2002

     
     

    President’s Request

    HR 1654

    Difference

    President’s Request

    HR1654

    Difference

    Human Space Flight

    5,499.9

    5,499.9

    0

    5,387.6

    5,387.6

    0

    Science Aeronautics & Tech

    5,929.4

    6,078.5

    +2.5%

    6,388.9

    6,548.9

    +2.5%

    Mission Support

    2,584.0

    2,584.0

    0

    2,666.2

    2,666.2

    0

    Inspector General

    22.0

    22.0

    0

    22.7

    22.7

    0

                 

    Total

    14,035.3

    14,184.4

    +1.0%

    14,465.4

    14,625.4

    +1.1%

                 

     

     

    (Dollars in Thousands)

    FY00

    FY01

    Pres. Req.

    FY01

    HR 1654

    FY01 Difference

    FY02

    Pres Req

    FY02

    HR 1654

    FY02 Difference

    Human Space Flight

    ISS

    $2,114,500

    $2,114,500

    $0

    $1,858,500

    $1,858,500

    $0

    Space Shuttle

    $3,165,700

    $3,165,700

    $0

    $3,307,800

    $3,307,800

    $0

    Payload/ELV Support

    $90,200

    $90,200

    $0

    $90,300

    $90,300

    $0

    Investments & Support

    $129,500

    $129,500

    $0

    $131,000

    $131,000

    $0

    Total

    $5,487,900

    $5,499,900

    $5,499,900

    $0

    $5,387,600

    $5,387,600

    $0

    Science Aeronautics & Tech

    Space Science

    $2,398,800

    $2,417,800

    $19,000

    $2,606,400

    $2,630,400

    $24,000

    Life & Microgravity

    $302,400

    $335,200

    $32,800

    $300,300

    $344,000

    $43,700

    Earth Science (incl $25M in FY01 & FY02)

    $1,405,800

    $1,430,800

    $25,000

    $1,332,500

    $1,357,500

    $25,000

    Aero-Space Tech

    $1,193,000

    $1,224,000

    $31,000

    $1,548,900

    $1,574,900

    $26,000

    Space Operations

    $529,400

    $529,400

    $0

    $500,800

    $500,800

    $0

    Academic Programs

    $100,000

    $141,300

    $41,300

    $100,000

    $141,300

    $41,300

    Total

    $5,580,900

    $5,929,400

    $6,078,500

    $149,100

    $6,388,900

    $6,548,900

    $160,000

    Mission Support

    Safety, Mission Assurance…

    $47,500

    $47,500

    $0

    $51,500

    $51,500

    $0

    Construction of Facilities

    $245,900

    $245,900

    $0

    $231,000

    $231,000

    $0

    Research & Program Mgt

    $2,290,600

    $2,290,600

    $0

    $2,383,700

    $2,383,700

    $0

    Total

    $2,512,000

    $2,584,000

    $2,584,000

    $0

    $2,666,200

    $2,666,200

    $0

    Inspector General

    $20,000

    $22,000

    $22,000

    $0

    $22,700

    $22,700

    $0

    TOTAL

    $13,600,800

    $14,035,300

    $14,184,400

    $149,100

    $14,465,400

    $14,625,400

    $160,000