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27 Sep 2011

Fiscal  Year 2011 ends a month from tomorrow, and it looks highly unlikely that all  twelve of the FY 2012 appropriations bills will be enacted in time.  While Congress and the Administration will  agree to provide continued funding through one or more short term measures,  there is reason to believe that bitter disagreements that have prevented the  passage of final appropriations legislation for many months in previous years  may be avoided.

30 Aug 2011

Congress  returns to Washington early next month, and will have high on its priority list  the FY 2012 appropriations bills.  This  fall, important decisions will be made that will affect the funding and conduct  of scientific research in the coming years. 

26 Aug 2011

The  decision by the Obama Administration to terminate the Yucca Mountain nuclear  waste repository continues to draw considerable criticism on Capitol Hill.  On a number of fronts, Members are pressing  the Administration about the actions which it has taken.

23 Jun 2011

In  fulfillment of a provision in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010,  the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has sent a report to  Congress detailing “progress toward the coordination of policies” “related to  the dissemination and     long-term  stewardship of the results of unclassified research, including digital data and  peer-reviewed scholarly publications, supported wholly or in part by funding  from the Federal science agencies.”

26 Apr 2012

Last  month the House Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee  received testimony from public witnesses regarding the Administration’s FY 2013  request.  One of those testifying was  Debra Elmegreen, President of the American Astronomical Society.  Among the topics discussed in her testimony  are the James Webb Space Telescope, proposed budgetary reductions for NASA’s Planetary  Science Division, funding for other NASA missions, Plutonium-238 production,  and funding for the National Science Foundation’s Astronomical Sciences, and  Major Research Equipment and Facilities C

13 Apr 2012

Members  of Congress gave President Obama a standing ovation when he declared during his  State of the Union that “We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the  winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the  science fair.” The President highlighted  the importance of innovation and education as keys to America’s future  competitiveness.  He also provided a strong  indication about his likely request for S&T and education in his FY 2012  budget request, cautioning Congress against “cutting the deficit by gutting our  investments in innovation

27 Jan 2011

John  Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and the Director  of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, has issued a “Memorandum for  the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies” on scientific integrity.  The four-page memorandum was issued on  December 17, 2010, drawing the quick attention of the new chairman of a  subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee who said “I  look forward to evaluating these guidelines in the upcoming Congress.”

12 Jan 2011

Less  than a month ago, the bill to reauthorize the expired America COMPETES Act  appeared to be going nowhere.  Last week,  President Obama signed H.R. 5116 into law.

11 Jan 2011

A  prominent critic of the Obama Administration’s Mars exploration program offered  praise following NASA’s announcement that it will send a new robotic rover to  the planet in 2020.  Rep. Adam Schiff  (D-CA), who had denounced this year’s decision not to participate in the 2018-2020  European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars missions, issued a release applauding the  new mission.

14 Dec 2012


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