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Lincoln Arts (lincarts)
Fri, 5 Feb 1999 16:14:51 -0800

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>Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 17:47:20 EST
>Subject: CAM Advocacy Alert
>February 3, 1999
>On Monday, the president released his $1.77 trillion proposal for the federal
>budget, which includes funding requests for the cultural agencies and
>education programs.
>The president is requesting significant increases over last year's
>congressional funding for the Office of Museum Services (OMS) within the
>Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for
>Humanities (NEH), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The funding
>for the National Science Foundaiton's Informal Science Education (ISE) program
>would be sustained at is current level (the program received a $10-million
>increase last year). Only a small increase is being proposed for the
>Department of Commerce's Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure
>Assistance Program (TIIAP). Listed below are the actural FY 1999 funding
>levels for these agencies and the FY 2000 request.
>Agency/Program FY 1999 FY 2000 Budget request
>OMS $23.4 million $34 million
>NSF (ISE) $46 million $46 million
>NEA $98 million $150 million
>NEH $110.7 million $150 million
>TIIAP $18 million $20.1 million
>The request for OMS includes a total of $10,450,000 in additional funding.
>According to the agency, "Half of the increase will make museum collections
>more accessible to schools and the public through the President's educational
>technology initiative, the National Digital Library for Education. The other
>half of the increase will strengthen museums' service to communities,
>especially with after-school programming, provide resources for the field, and
>support collaborations between museums and libraries." Other OMS programs,
>such as General Operating Support (GOS), would remain level.
>The president's request also includes proposed increases for Department of
>Education programs in which museums participate; for example, $600 million for
>21st Century Community Learning Centers, an increase of $400 million to help
>some 2,000 additional school districts create or expand after-school programs
>offering academic and recreational services to students, and $130 million for
>Charter Schools, an increase of $30 million.
>In addition, the Goals 2000 program would be sustained at its current level of
>$461 million to support state and local educational reform efforts.
>Note that the budget request is just the first step in this year's budget
>process. Congressional consideration of the FY 2000 request is just
>beginning. Note also that despite all of the recent news of budget surpluses,
>obtaining the funding increases for these agencies and programs, especially
>the cultural agencies, will not be easy as Congress must contend with
>restrictive budget caps this year. CAM will be counting on your support in
>the coming months to help us boost these important funding sources for
>museums. If you have any questions, please contact Teri Knoll at the CAM
>office (714/567-3645) or the AAM Government Affairs Office (202/289-9125).
>This message was originally released by the American Association of Museums,
>Government Affairs Office. To get on their Action Alert fax list, please call
Jeanne-Marie Fritts
Executive Director