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Continuing resolution provides funding flexibility for weather satellites
18 October 2013
The spending bill passed by Congress on 16 October provides the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with temporary flexibility for whatever funding it needs to maintain the launch schedules for two key weather satellite programs.
The continuing resolution, signed into law by President Barack Obama, funds most government programs at the 2013 level, which would be insufficient to keep NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-R programs on schedule.
However, lawmakers included a provision in the bill that says NOAA's budget may be changed "up to the rate for operations necessary" to keep both programs on track until the agency receives its 2014 appropriation.
Source: Space News