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Special Edition - June 2002 Volume 4, Issue 11:
What Is the Bypass Budget?
The NCI Director's Bypass Budget is NCI’s annual funding request. Unlike other budget requests, the Bypass Budget is submitted directly to the President for consideration before the drafting of the annual budget submitted to Congress. This process was authorized under the National Cancer Act to bypass the normal procedures of submitting budget proposals through the NIH director and the Secretary of HHS. The Bypass Budget identifies NCI goals and the required levels of funding needed to meet those goals. In the 30-plus years of the Bypass Budget process, actual funding approved and signed into law for NCI has never matched the Bypass Budget proposal.

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