Headlines: Final Omnibus Funds Air Force GPS Program in FY 2016, Rescinds $30M from FY 2015; Budget Deal Finds More Funding for GPS Civil Requirements; GPS Tracking Related Provision Renewed; National Coordination Office Recognized by Rep. Lamborn
Information for Policymakers from the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT)
January 28, 2016
Final Omnibus Funds Air Force GPS Program in FY 2016, Rescinds $30M from FY 2015
On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (H.R. 2029) into law. The omnibus funding measure provides $936.775 million to the Air Force GPS program in FY 2016. This represents a reduction of $2 million versus the President's request, with the cut applied to the GPS IIF program. Appropriators also rescinded $30 million of funds previously appropriated for GPS III advance procurement. View full details at GPS.gov
Budget Deal Finds More Funding for GPS Civil Requirements
H.R. 2029 allocates $15 million to the Department of Transportation in support of GPS Civil Requirements. Prior to budget negotiations, House and Senate appropriators had allocated $10 million to this line item. The final amount still represents a decrease of $12 million from the President's request. The funds will support GPS civil signal monitoring to provide users confirmation and assurance that the civilian GPS service meets the government's published performance commitments in terms of accuracy, availability, etc. H.R. 2029 also provides DOT with $107.2 million for the GPS Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). Learn more at GPS.gov
GPS Tracking Related Provision Renewed
H.R. 2029 includes the following provision applicable to the Department of Transportation: "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." 5 U.S.C. chapter 5, subchapter II, refers to the Administrative Procedure Act. This provision was previously enacted in the FY 2015 omnibus. Learn more at GPS.gov
National Coordination Office Recognized by Rep. Lamborn
On January 5, 2016, the Congressional Record published Congressman Doug Lamborn's (R-CO) remarks recognizing the National Coordination Office (NCO) on its ten year anniversary. The Congressman said, "Earlier this year I worked with the NCO at a Space Power Caucus event on GPS. As chairman of the caucus, I presided over this event and was impressed by the educational information on how GPS works, how it affects our daily lives and critical infrastructure, and ongoing government efforts to maintain GPS as the gold standard for PNT around the world. The transparent operations of the NCO keep track of these vital efforts and inform the EXCOM agencies, Congress, and the public on Space-based PNT." Read the full remarks in the Congressional Record
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