The operating funds for the Center for Functional Nanomaterials comes from the Office
of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) within the Office of Science.
In the Congressional budget process, the BES program is governed by four Congressional
Committees that are shown in the table below. Each Committee contains a subcommittee
that specifically considers the BES portion of the President's Budget Request.
A committee of the House or Senate with legislative jurisdiction over laws that set up
or continue the operations of Federal programs and provide the legal basis for making
appropriations for those programs.
Legislation enacted by Congress that sets up or continues the operation of a Federal
program or agency indefinitely or for a specific period of time. Authorizing legislation
may limit the amount of budget authority which can be appropriated for a program or may
authorize the appropriation of "such sums as are necessary."
A committee of the House or Senate that provides authority for Federal agencies to incur
obligations and to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. An appropriation act
is the most common means of providing budget authority. Currently, there are 13 regular appropriations
acts for each fiscal year. From time to time, Congress also enacts supplemental appropriations acts.