Headlines: Appropriators Cut DOT Funding for GPS Program
GPS Bulletin

Information for Policymakers from the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT)

June 24, 2016

Appropriators Cut DOT Funding for GPS Program

On May 19, the Senate passed H.R. 2577, its FY 2017 funding measure for Transportation, HUD, and Related Agencies (THUD), including $5.6 million in DOT funds that will be transferred to the Air Force for implementation of GPS civil signal monitoring within the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX). The FY 2017 request for GPS civil signal monitoring was $10 million through DOT's $18 million Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology budget.

The House version of the bill (H.R. 5394) passed committee May 24, providing $13 million for DOT's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology -- a reduction of $5 million. The report states, "The recommendation does not include funds above the baseline account level for civil signal monitoring."

Program President's Request House Senate
Civil Signal Monitoring - Air Force - GPS $10M Unclear $5.6M
Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and GPS Civil Requirements Oversight;  $85M $111.6M $85M
WAAS GEO Satellite Leases $26.6M $26.6M
Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) $1.61M $1.61M $1.61M

House Provisions

  • Vehicle Tracking: Section 143 of H.R. 5394 states, "None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to mandate global positioning system (GPS) tracking in private passenger motor vehicles without providing full and appropriate consideration of privacy concerns under 5 U.S.C. chapter 5, subchapter II."

Senate Provisions

  • Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS): The Senate report "directs the FAA to begin algorithm development in support of dual frequency GPS. As part of that effort, the Committee recommends that the FAA dedicate sufficient funding for definition, modelling, and prototyping in collaboration with the FAA systems engineering team as well as the original WAAS algorithm developer."

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