Tuesday, February 17, 2009

AGI lists geoscience-related investments in the stimulus package

The American Geological Institute, through its Government Affairs Program, distributed a summary of the geoscience-related appropriations in the economic stimulus bill. The basic list below gives the one-time amounts that in general should be available to the federal agencies until September 30, 2010 (end of that fiscal year) but you should read the AGI report for more details on each program. Even with that, the descriptions are surprisingly vague.

For example, the USGS language says, “The Survey should consider a wide variety of activities, including repair, construction and restoration of facilities; equipment replacement and upgrades including stream gages, seismic and volcano monitoring systems; national map activities; and other critical deferred-maintenance and improvement projects which can maximize jobs and provide lasting improvement to our Nation's science capacity.”

The flexibility given most agencies means that Earth science community should be weighing in with advice and recommendations on effectively implementing these short term investments to make the most of them.

National Science Foundation (NSF): $3 billion
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): $1 billion
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): $1 billion
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): $580 million
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): $4.6 billion
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): $7.22 billion
Smithsonian: $25 million

Department of the Interior
*U.S. Geological Survey (USGS): $140 million
*Bureau of Land Management (BLM): $320 million
*Bureau of Reclamation (BR): $1 billion

Department of Agriculture
*Agricultural Research Services: $176 million
*Natural Resources Conservation Service: $290 million
*Watershed Rehabilitation Program: $50 million

Department of Energy (DOE)
*Office of Science: $2 billion
*Office of Fossil Energy: $3.4 billion
*Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: $16.8 billion
*Non-defense Environmental Clean-up: $483 million
*Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning: $390 million

Department of Education
*Education for the Disadvantaged: $13 billion
*School Improvement Programs: $720 million
*Special Education: $12.2 billion
*Teacher Incentive Fund: $200 million
*Student Financial Assistance: $15.84 billion
*Higher Education: $100 million

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