NIST reduces budget request

NIST reduces budget request

The National Institute of Standards and Technology agreed at a House Science subcommittee hearing this month to lower its fiscal 2001 budget request by $12.8 million.

NIST director Raymond Kammer, questioned by the Technology Subcommittee's vice chairman, Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-Minn.), said the institute had initially asked for more money than it needed.

The Commerce Department's Advanced Technology Program had a $12.8 million surplus for fiscal 1999, Gutknecht said. The program, which promotes high-tech research partnerships with industry, 'will now have to adjust its fiscal 2001 request downward by $12.8 million,' he said. That will reduce NIST's total budget request to $162.7 million from $175.5 million.

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