NASA Requests $18.5 Billion for FY 2016

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The Obama Administration is requesting $18.5 billion for Fiscal Year 2015, which is roughly half a billion dollars more than its current budget.

The commercial crew program would receive $1.24 billion, which NASA officials say is necessary to keep the program on schedule for crew transportation to the International Space Station in 2017. The amount is more than $400 million above current spending.

The Administration appears to have once again underfunded the Space Launch System and Orion programs, providing $2.86 billion. The two programs have received more than $3 billion in each of the past two years.

Science is well funded at $5.29 billion, a slight increase from FY 2015. Space Technology would receive $724.8 million, an increase from the $596 million being spent this year.

NASA BUDGET REQUEST FOR FY 2016
PROGRAMFY 2014 OP PLAN*
FY 2015 ENACTED**
FY 2016
Science$5,148.2$5,244.7$5,288.6
Earth Science
$1,824.9$1,947.3
Planetary Sciences$1,345.7$1,361.2
Astrophysics$678.3$709.1
James Webb Space Telescope
$658.2$620.0
Heliophysics$641.0$651.0
Space Exploration$4,113.2$4,356.7$4,505.9
Exploration Systems Development
$3,115.2$3,245.3$2,862.9
Commercial Spaceflight$696.0$805.0$1,243.8
Research & Development$302.0$306.4$399.2
Space Operations$3,774.0$3,827.8
$4,003.7
International Space Station
$2,964.1$3,105.6
Space and Flight Support
$809.9$898.1
Space Technology$576.0$596.0
$724.8
Aeronautics$566.0$651.0
$571.4
Education$116.6$119.0
$88.9
Safety, Security and Mission Services $2,793.0$2,758.9
$2,843.1
Center Management & Operations$2,041.5$2,075.2
Agency Management & Operations$751.5$767.9
Construction & Environmental Compliance & Restoration$522.0$419.1
$465.3
Construction of Facilities$455.9$374.8
Environmental Compliance & Restoration$66.1$90.5
Inspector General$37.5$37.0
$37.4
TOTALS:$17,646.5$18,010.2$18,529.1

*FY 2014 reflects funding amounts specified in the June 2014 Operating Plan per P.L. 113-76.

**FY 2015 reflects only funding amounts specified in P.L. 113-235, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015.