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During FY 80 and FY 81, the State Assistance Program was funded Entirely by the Federal Government at $4.5 million and $5.0 million, respectively.
In FY 82, you are requesting $3.0 million and 50/50 Federal/State sharing of the costs of the program.
In reducing funding for the program, what will be the effect on
How many States are not participating in the program?
How many States do you estimate will drop out of the program
The State Assistance Program is designed to promote an intergovernmental flood hazard mitigation partnership by strengthening the States' role in the National Flood Insurance Program flood hazard mitigation activities aimed at providing technical assistance to local governments.
A reduction in funding for the State Assistance Program from $5.0
As many as 13 States may be unable to participate because of inadequate lead time to enter legislative cycle in those States;
As many as 38 States may be unable to participate because of inadequate lead time to enter appropriations cycle in those States;
The matching requirement will screen out those States most
Current low capability States have limited resources to allocate as matching funds and will drop out of the program;
Lack of capability development at the State level will mean the Federal Government must continue to exercise authority that is the inherent responsibility of States.
Notification of the proposed funding change has been provided to the
Senator GARN. The subcommittee will stand in recess until Wednesday, April 8, at 9:30, when we will receive testimony from the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Regulatory Council.
[Whereupon, at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, the subcommittee was recessed to reconvene at 9:30, a.m. Wednesday, April 8.]
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT-INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 1982
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 1981
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS,
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 9:30 a.m. in room S-126, the Capitol, Hon. Jake Garn (chairman) presiding. Present: Senator Garn.
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY STATEMENT OF BENJAMIN HUBERMAN, ACTING DIRECTOR ACCOMPANIED BY:
DENIS PRAGER, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
WILLIAM MONTGOMERY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ROLE OF OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Senator GARN. The subcommittee will come to order.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy was created by the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976. The Office was designed to provide advice to the President on scientific and technological considerations involved in areas of national and international concern and advises the National Security Council on the scientific and technological factors related to national security and international issues.
The Office has, in the past, provided general leadership and coordination of the research and development programs of the Federal Government and assisted the Office of Management and Budget with reviews of proposed budgets for Federal R. & D. programs. In addition, the Office reviewed industrial and business activities in research and development and the factors influencing innovation. The Office advised Congress on the executive branch's views regarding science and technology policy.
For fiscal year 1982, you are requesting $1,793,000 and 12 staff positions. This is a decrease of $919,000 and 12 positions from the appropriated fiscal year 1981 level.
With that brief introduction, we would be happy to receive your state
Mr. HUBERMAN. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. My statement is fairly brief, but, with your permission, I will summarize the detailed budgetary presentation.
Senator GARN. We will be happy to place your entire statement in the record.
Mr. HUBERMAN. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
[The statement and biographical sketches follow:]
JUSTIFICATION OF BUDGET ESTIMATES
REVISED APPROPRIATION LANGUAGE
General and special funds:
Salaries and Expenses
For necessary expenses of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in carrying out the purposes of the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976 (42 U.S.C. 6601 and 6671), hire of passenger motor vehicles, services as authorized by 5.U.S.C. 3109, not to exceed $1,500 for official reception and representation expenses, and rental of conference rooms in the District of Columbia, [$2,712,000] $1,793,000 (Department of Housing and Urban Development-Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1981).
EXPLANATION OF THE FISCAL YEAR 1982 BUDGET
The $1.793 million estimated OSTP budget for FY 82 shows a decrease of $270 thousand from the FY 1981 revised budget. This takes into account recisions of $595 thousand in FY 1981. The budget provides for activities of the Office in support of the President and other White House and Executive Office of the President organizations at a level which is reduced from previous years but which can provide for effective scientific and technological support by using a small staff supplemented by outside consultants and detailees.
The following lists totals by major object class and comments on changes from the revised FY 1981 budget including recisions.
o Personnel Compensation and Benefits--$1,210,000. This is a decrease
o Travel--$155,000. This is an increase of $61,000 from the revised FY
o Transportation of Things--$3,000. Expenditures for this category are