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The language in yesterday's Statement of Administration Policy issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding H.R. 2641, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill could not be clearer: "if H.R. 2641 were presented to the President, he would veto the bill."

14 Jun 2007

Momentum is increasing on Capitol Hill to establish an "Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy." Senate passage of the America COMPETES Act moved this proposal forward, as did a recent hearing of the House Science and Technology Committee on an ARPA-E bill. The Bush Administration, however, has raised questions about this proposal in letters to key Members of Congress.

8 May 2007

The controversy over the Bush Administration's policies on the dissemination of information to the public on scientific issues, most notably climate change, continues. A series of congressional hearings this year have highlighted the importance of perspective in determining whether Administration actions have been harmful to the public interest, or a reflection of normal government process and policy.

20 Apr 2007

The controversy over the Bush Administration's policies on the dissemination of information to the public on scientific issues, most notably climate change, continues. A series of congressional hearings this year have highlighted the importance of perspective in determining whether Administration actions have been harmful to the public interest, or a reflection of normal government process and policy.

20 Apr 2007

A February 15 memorandum from the Office of Management and Budget instructs the heads of federal departments and agencies not to obligate funding for earmarks contained in congressional reports or documents through September 30 of this year. Earmarked funding can only be provided for a project or activity if it has been “specifically identified in statutory text.”As a result, earmarks for thousands of projects remaining from previous years have been canceled.

27 Feb 2007

“Let me begin with the numbers. First, the Big Picture. NSF is requesting $6.43 billion dollars. That's an increase of nearly $409 million, or 6.8 percent above the 2007 Request. Funding at this level will keep us on the course set by the President's American Competitiveness Initiative. ACI aims to expand federal research investments over the next ten years to drive innovation and sharpen America's competitive edge. Our task in this ambitious undertaking is to energize the nation's leadership in fundamental research and education that keeps America at the leading edge of innovation.

8 Feb 2007

As has been the case in recent years, President Bush's FY 2008 budget request for the National Institute of Standards and Technology would favor NIST's in-house laboratories with a significant increase, while minimally funding the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) and zeroing out the Advanced Technology Program (ATP). NIST's Scientific and Technical Research and Services (STRS), which comprises the NIST laboratories and the Baldrige National Quality Award, would receive a 7.2% increase over the FY 2007 request.

7 Feb 2007

President Bush has requested $17,309.4 million for NASA in fiscal year 2008, an increase of 3.1%, or $517.1 million, over the FY 2007 request of $16,792.3 million. This request continues NASA Administrator Michael Griffin's strategy of slowing the growth rate for science programs while completing the International Space Station (ISS), developing new launch and exploration vehicles, and retiring the Space Shuttle.

7 Feb 2007

Last Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) delivered the Democrats’ national Address on the State of the Union. Reid’s speech focused on “critical challenges around the world America must confront.” Pelosi’s speech concentrated on domestic issues, including federal policies to strengthen R&D and global warming. Excerpts from Pelosi’s presentation follow:

INNOVATION AGENDA:

22 Jan 2007

A letter has just been sent to members of the House of Representatives in support of President Bush’s $4.1 billion FY 2007 request for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. As is true for the NSF “Dear Colleague” letter discussed in FYI #3, the deadline for signatures on this letter is the close of business tomorrow, January 12. Constituents who support the $4.1 billion request should contact their representative to urge that they sign a letter to key House appropriators that was sent by Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) yesterday to all Members of the House of Representatives.

11 Jan 2007

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