LSST in President’s FY2014 Budget Request to Congress
The President's 2014 budget for U.S. federal expenditures was submitted to Congress on April 10. Included in that budget is $27.5M for the start of LSST construction in the 2014 fiscal year. See http://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2014/pdf/26_fy2014.pdf
This amount is what our baseline plan calls for in 2014. The budget request is an important and necessary step in the U.S. funding process for Major Research Equipment and Facility Construction Projects at the NSF.
The U.S. Congress must act on appropriations for FY 2014 before any funding becomes available. If funds for LSST are appropriated and if we successfully pass a number of upcoming critical reviews, then our baseline plan calls for initiation of construction in the summer of 2014. This budget announcement will trigger the final steps in the process of establishing construction readiness. We will continue to work with our NSF Program Officer to complete all of the programmatic and technical requirements for a construction authorization.
Sidney Wolff, LSST Director and Victor Krabbendam, LSST Project Manager