From the Director, Steven Kahn
The New Year is off to a good start, with the passage of the Omnibus Spending Bill and the subsequent signing by the President. There is language specific to LSST within the Explanatory Statement associated with the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies portion of the Bill. The Bill appropriates a healthy level of $200M for Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC), sufficient to fund all projects already under construction with the remaining funds available to the LSST construction start.
This is an important enabling step for NSF construction funding to start this year. The Bill specifically identified LSST as part of the MREFC budget, making a new start possible if put forward by NSF and approved by the National Science Board.
On the DOE side, the healthy funding level in the Bill identified for the Office of High Energy Physics within the Office of Science makes it very likely that the LSST Camera MIE Project will receive the full funding expected from that office in 2014. This is crucial to allow us to maintain the schedule for the Project as a whole... Read more