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Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies: FY2012 Appropriations

Nathan James, Coordinator
Analyst in Crime Policy

Oscar R. Gonzales, Coordinator
Analyst in Economic Development Policy

Jennifer D. Williams, Coordinator
Specialist in American National Government

This report provides an overview of actions taken by Congress to provide FY2012 appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) accounts. The sources for the FY2010-enacted amounts are Senate Report 111-229 and the United States Patent and Trademark Office Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-224). The sources for the FY2012 requested amounts are the FY2012 budget justifications of the Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Science Foundation and the appendix to the Administration’s Budget of the United States Government, FY2012.

Traditionally, the annual CJS report published by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) would compare the Administration’s request for the fiscal year to enacted appropriations for the previous fiscal year. However, a CJS appropriations bill for FY2011 has not yet been signed into law and all agencies and bureaus funded under the annual CJS bill are currently operating under a continuing resolution. As such, the Administration’s FY2012 request is compared to FY2010- enacted funding.

For FY2012, the Administration requests a total of $64.93 billion for the agencies and bureaus funded as part of the annual CJS appropriations bill. The FY2012 request is $3.904 billion, or 5.7%, less than the FY2010-enacted amount of $68.835 billion. The proposed reduction in overall funding for CJS is almost entirely attributable to the Administration requesting nearly $6.3 billion less for the Census Bureau because the 2010 decennial census is complete. The Administration’s FY2012 request includes $8.761 billion for the Department of Commerce, $28.68 billion for the Department of Justice, $26.498 billion for the science agencies, and $991.4 million for the related agencies.

Date of Report: March 24, 2011
Number of Pages: 45
Order Number: R41721
Price: $29.95

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