FOOTNOTES February 2001
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Public Affairs Update

  • Administration Seeks Flat NSF Budget for 2002 . . . . President Bush seeks essentially flat funding (1 percent) for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2002 a number rather at odds with double budgeting goals previously in place. On March 1, the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) along with 22 presidents and chancellors wrote to the Senate Budget Committee urged an increase that would continue the NSF on the path to budget doubling by 2005. Letters from researchers in the social and behavioral science community can be directed to your Congressional representative and Senators, Mitch Daniels, Director of Office and Management and Budget, and the President.

  • Meanwhile NIH Still on a Double Budget Strategy . . . . In contrast, the Bush administration seeks a record $2.8 billion (13.8 percent) increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This amount is on target to achieve the bi-partisan goal of budget doubling by 2003.

  • Unadjusted Census Data Being Released . . . . Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans announced that, effective March 7, the Census Bureau is releasing unadjusted 2000 Census data for redistricting purposes. By April 1, data for the entire nation will become available. To download the information, see http://www.census.gov.

  • Two New Reports on Children . . . . Child Trends and KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, joined forces issuing two reports on healthy births. Presenting almost a decade of data from the National Center for Health Statistics, one report compares the 50 largest cities and the other shows state-by-state data. The Rights Start City Trends and The Right Start State Trends can be read online at http://www.childtrends.org/rightstart.asp.

  • New Data on Health Just Released . . . . The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) just released new data on Trends in Health and Aging through the Data Warehouse, a user-friendly Web-based data archive developed by NCHS. These data can be seen at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/agingact.htm.