Data Funding Dips

by Rachel Zinn
December 11, 2014

House Republicans and Senate Democrats yesterday unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2015, which began in October. Congress is expected to pass the legislation this week.

The legislation includes a $2 million cut in funding for state longitudinal data systems. Department of Education grants remain steady at $35 million (despite a request to double that amount in the President’s budget), but the Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants at Department of Labor shrink from $6 million to $4 million.

Funding for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and other labor market information programs stays at last year’s post-sequester levels, as does funding for the National Center for Education Statistics.

A report accompanying the spending bill calls for better data on graduation rates for Pell recipients and nontraditional students and asks BLS to investigate ways to strengthen its city-level employment statistics.

The funding bill does not include several program increases recommended earlier this year by WDQC in a letter to Senate appropriators.