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Budget and Congress

Congressional justifications

The National Eye Institute (NEI) receives its annual budget through a congressional appropriation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The fiscal year (FY) starts on October 1 of the preceding calendar year (CY) and runs through September 30.

The President submits a government-wide budget request to Congress on the first Monday in February. The request includes the NEI Congressional Justification (CJ) as a component of the larger NIH CJ to Congress. The NEI CJ provides:

  • NEI Director’s vision and an overview of the NEI organization
  • prior-year budget numbers, current-year estimates, and future-year requests
  • recent accomplishments in vision and eye research
  • highlights of scientific research programs
  • justification of NEI goals and necessary funding levels.

Recent NEI CJs are presented below:

Congressional testimony

As part of the annual budget process, the Senate and House appropriations committees and/or subcommittees hold public hearings to discuss the President’s proposed budget. At the discretion of the Committees, the NIH Director and individual Institute and Center (IC) Directors testify either in person or by submitting opening statements for the record.

Recent NEI testimonies are presented below:

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Last updated: March 28, 2024