Omnibus directs NASS to resume statistical surveys
The omnibus appropriations bill provides more money for the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and directs the agency to resume the reports it canceled due to lack of funding.
“Since 2012, NASS has suspended or eliminated a number of reports due to budget constraints and has been unable to carry out four current industrial reports formerly compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau,” the bill’s report says.
“The funding level provided will allow NASS to resume or begin compilation of these reports at the frequency levels assumed in fiscal year 2012. NASS is directed to resume all of these reports immediately upon enactment of this act,” the bill said. “Further, this funding level will allow NASS to carry out its full plan for fiscal year 2014 reports as presented in the budget.”
The bill provides $161.2 million for NASS, of which up to $44.5 million is to be available until expended for the Agriculture Department census.
–The Hagstrom Report