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President's FY 2016 Budget Request
COSSA announced last week that President Obama released his fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request to Congress on February 2, officially kicking off the FY 2016 appropriations process. In turn, COSSA has released its analysis of the President’s budget request. The 62-page report provides funding details for all federal departments, agencies, and programs important to social and behavioral science research. It outlines the President’s funding proposals as they compare to current (FY 2015) levels. In addition, the document serves as a helpful catalog of social science programs and initiatives across the federal government.
According to John Wertman, AAG Senior Program Manager for Government Relations, “This detailed analysis of several key funding accounts in the Obama Administration’s budget request details research opportunities and other items that may be of interest to geographers and GIScientists.”  The budget will be subject to review by Congress and ultimate funding numbers will be determined by the appropriations process.

Courtesy COSSA Washington Update