FY22 Statistical Agency Budget Developments

By Steve Pierson posted 05-24-2021 14:17


The Biden Administration is expected to release its FY22 budget request on May 27, 2021. I will be filling in information as I become aware of it. This blog entry will track FY212 appropriations developments for the federal statistical agencies and so will be updated accordingly. (See update log below.) To receive notifications of updates, follow ASA Science Policy on Twitter: @ASA_SciPol. 

See also, Administration Releases FY23 Budget Request as Congress Finalizes FY22 BudgetFY22 NIH, NSF, and AHRQ Budget Developments and federal statistical agency budgets back to fiscal year 2003 (FY03)




     Agency   FY15   FY16   FY17  FY18   FY19   FY20  FY21  Request   %change vs. FY21  House   Senate   Omnibus  %
BEA  96.3  105.1 103.8 99.0 101 108 111.9 125.6 12.3 120.5 124.6 116  3.7
BJS  41 41  45.5 48.0 43 43 45 45 0 50 45 40  -11
BLS  592.2  609.0  609.0   612.0  615.0 6282 6422 672.22 4.7 672.2 685.2 659.52  2.7
BTS1  26  26 26 26 26 26 26 NA
Census  1088  1370 1457 2814 3821 7558 1107 1438 29.9 1438 1432 1354 22.3
EIA  117  122 122  125 125 126.8 126.8 126.8 0.0 129.1 129.1 129.1  1.8
ERS  85.4  85.4 86.8 86.8 86.8 84.8 85.5 90.6 6.0 88.6 90.8 87.8  2.7
NASS  172.4  168.4  171.2 191.7 174.5 180.3 183.9 193.7 5.3 189.2 191.7 190.2  3.4
NCES3  232 261  258.5   258.5 260.5 263.5 276.5 291.5 5.4 319.5 291.5 291.5  5.4
 -stats 103 112 110 109.5 109.5 110.5 111.5 111.5 0  114.5 111.5 111.5  0
NCSES  58.3  58.3 59.7 62.4 64.0 65.0 66.69 73.21 9.8 & & 67.67  1.5
NCHS4  169.4  174.4 174.4 174.4  174.4 174.4 175.4 175.4 0 190.4 175.4 180.4  2.9
ORES 29  25.9  24 27 35.45 36.0 35.7 38.44 5.7 & & 39.8 11.5
SOI  36.8 37.8  34.3 37.1 36.8 35.9 40.0 41.3 3.1 & & 40.7  1.7

 Levels in millions of dollars; Agency abbreviations listed below; NCES is for Statistics and Assessment (not NAGB or SLDS)
Latest Action: *Subcommittee mark-up; **Committee mark-up; ***Passed the Floor
&Not available because of lack of sufficient detail in summary, bill or conference report; 
NATD (or blank): No Action To Date
1The BTS is funded through the Highway Trust Fund with levels determined by the authorizing committees. Congress is currently working on a transportation bill.
2The FY20, FY21, FY22 request, and FY22 "Final" levels for BLS includes $27 million, $13 M, $28.47M and $28.470 respectively, for its relocation. The relocation funds are are not reflected in the table to make the levels comparable with the FY19 and prior year funding levels.
3The NCES budget level includes both statistics and assessment, but not Salary and Expenses for years FY14-FY15. The levels do not include budget for National Assessment Governing Board. 
4The NCHS budget went through budget realignment in FY15 and FY21. The prior year budgets have been adjusted to make them comparable.
The ORES went through a budget restructuring in FY19 when the Office of Retirement Policy (ORP) was merged into ORES. The FY18 ORP budget was $2.253M.

Because this blog entry covers everything from the budget request to the final determination of the budget, it can become quite long. To help with that, I'll try to partition the blog entry:

Relevant Report Language Excerpts:

  • BLS: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20210715/113908/HMKP-117-AP00-20210715-SD003.pdf
    • House:

      National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY).—The Committee is supportive of BLS’ plan for the planning, development, and implementation of a new NLSY cohort and provides sufficient resources to implement this plan without delay. Specifically, the Committee supports the Department’s plan to increase spending on the new NLSY cohort in fiscal year 2023 to $14,500,000 and requests an update on future spending plans in the fiscal year 2023 Congressional Budget Justification.

      Preserving Existing Statistical Work and Staff.—When implementing the NLSY and other new investments, the Committee directs BLS not to reduce or eliminate existing statistical work. Further, the Committee directs BLS not to reduce the number of fulltime equivalent positions beyond the apportioned fiscal year 2021 full-time equivalent ceiling.

      Artificial Intelligence.—The Committee is aware of the development of artificial intelligence and encourages BLS to examine this trend’s impact on the economy.

      Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).—The Committee recognizes the need for enhancements to JOLTS to better understand national labor market dynamics. Therefore, the Committee requests for the Department to provide cost estimates in the fiscal year 2023 Congressional Budget Justification for expanding the JOLTS sample level and for releasing JOLTS data monthly to improve timeliness.

  • NCES: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20210715/113908/HMKP-117-AP00-20210715-SD003.pdf
    • House: National Center for Education Statistics Staffing.—The Committee is deeply concerned about the ongoing staffing crisis at NCES. The shortage of statisticians threatens the administration and dissemination of data collections and surveys that provide an assessment of and insight in the nation’s systems of education. Furthermore, these collections and surveys guide policy and funding decisions made by Congress. The Committee directs the Department to include an  update in its fiscal year 2023 Congressional Budget Justification outlining how the Department will increase staffing at NCES as well as an analysis of funding for IES staff in an appropriations account outside of the Program Administration account. Further, the Committee directs the Department to provide
      quarterly updates on its efforts to carry out the staffing plan.
  • NCHS: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20210715/113908/HMKP-117-AP00-20210715-SD003.pdf
    • House: The Committee reiterates that the National Center for Health Statistics is to be fully integrated in the DMI... The Committee encourages CDC to
      engage with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine to improve vital statistics and death reporting. 

FY22 Budget Request Highlights
The following are excerpts and highlights. They are not in narrative form but are intended to provide you a quick snapshot. The notes also serve as a sort of note book for me for when I write a summary for Amstat News.

Reports on FY22 request:

  • COSSA: 

Reports on FY22 Congressional Developments:

Updates (and sources):

  1. 5/28/21:
    1. https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/appendix/
    2. NCHS: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/fy-2022-budget-in-brief.pdf
    3. NCES: https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget22/justifications/x-ies.pdf
  2. 7/11 House approps committee draft bills and press releases:
    1. Census, BEA, and BJS: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP19/20210712/112888/BILLS-1171--AP--CJS.pdf
    2. NCHS: https://appropriations.house.gov/news/press-releases/appropriations-committee-releases-fiscal-year-2022-labor-health-and-human
    3. BLS: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP07/20210712/112887/BILLS-117-SC-AP-FY2022-LaborHHS-AppropsLHHSdraftbillFY2022.pdf
    4. EIA: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP10/20210712/112882/BILLS-117-SC-AP-FY2022-EnergyWater-AppropsEWdraftbillFY2022.pdf
  3. 7/12 NCES House report language: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20210715/113908/HMKP-117-AP00-20210715-SD003.pdf
  4. 8/5 EIA Senate: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Agriculture,%20Rural%20Development,%20Food%20and%20Drug%20Administration,%20and%20Related%20Agencies%20Bill.PDF
  5. 8/5 ERS & NASS Senate: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/S2605RS-117.PDF
  6. 10/18
    1. BJS, BEA, and Census; Senate Report Language
    2. BLS, NCHS, NCES; Senate Report language
  7. 3/9/22
    1. CEA, BLS, Census, ERS, NASS https://rules.house.gov/sites/democrats.rules.house.gov/files/BILLS-117HR2471SA-RCP-117-35.pdf 
    2. NCHS  https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20220307/BILLS-117RCP35-JES-DIVISION-H_Part1.pdf 
    3. NCES https://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20220307/BILLS-117RCP35-JES-DIVISION-H_Part2.pdf

See also: 

Statistical Agency abbreviations

 BEA Bureau of Economic Analysis
BJS Bureau of Justice Statistics
BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics
BTS Bureau of Transportation Statistics 
ERS Economic Research Service
EIA Energy Information Administration
NASS National Agricultural Statistics Service
NCES National Center for Education Statistics 
NCHS National Center for Health Statistics
NCSES National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, NSF
ORES Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics, SSA
SOI Statistics of Income Division, IRS

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