FYI is an objective, authoritative digest of science policy developments in Washington impacting the physical science community.

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed three bi-partisan bills relevant to the scientific community.  A fourth, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Policy Reauthorization Act was pulled from consideration but is expected to be voted on shortly by the House.

18 Jul 2014

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report describing significant management challenges to the Department of Energy’s support of the ITER program.  The report responds to a request from five senators asking GAO to review ITER’s changing construction cost and schedule, the reliability of current projections, and actions taken by the Department of Energy to reduce the program’s expense.

18 Jul 2014

On Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the FY 2015 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.  The committee passed the $30.2 billion bill by a vote of 29-19.  The legislation provides an increase of $162 million above the current appropriations and is $409 million below the Obama Administration’s request. 

17 Jul 2014