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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Tripp
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/07/06
HB 467
SHORT TITLE NM Tech I-Casa Program
SB
ANALYST Earp
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$300.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to Appropriation in the General Appropriation Act
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Higher Education Department (HED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 467 appropriates $300,000 from the general fund to the Board of Regents of New
Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMTech) to support computer security efforts and
provide matching funds for federal contracts at the Institute for Complex Additive System
Analysis (ICASA).
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $300,000 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert
to the general fund. These funds would augment a recurring base appropriation of approximately
$523,000 contained in the General Appropriation Act for this program.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
This proposal was included among the special program funding requests submitted by NMTech
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to the Higher Education Department (HED) for review. However, this proposal was not included
in the HED fiscal year 2007 funding recommendations to the Legislature.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
These funds would augment an existing program at NMTech. No significant additional adminis-
trative impact is evident if this legislation is adopted.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
Information provided through HED indicates that the Institute for Complex Additive Systems
Analysis (ICASA) is a cooperative alliance among academia, industry, and government that
NMTech administers under contract with the Department of Defense along with the support of
the State of New Mexico. This alliance is dedicated to studying the behavior, vulnerabilities, and
predictability of complex systems through ICASA's unique approach, known as the Complex
Additive Systems Analysis (CASA) process. ICASA's basic research focus is to understand the
additive effects (or unintended consequences) of efficient design in interdependent systems of
systems, and applying this research to real-world problems.
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