R&D

The agenda for the November 14 meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) was wide-ranging, with upbeat briefings on NASA science, corporate investments in the BRAIN Initiative, DARPA, and the federal government’s response to Ebola.   PCAST is co-chaired by OSTP Director John Holdren and Eric Lander, President and Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

3 Dec 2014

Today, the Air Force S&T program is a shadow of what it once was," Rep. Tony P. Hall (D-Ohio) told his colleagues when he introduced H.R. 5490, the "Air Force Science and Technology for the 21st Century Act." Although it is too late in the session for the House Armed Services Committee to consider this legislation, Hall will reintroduce this bill when Congress convenes next year.

22 Nov 2000

The presidential race is not the only election in which the results are questioned and recounts considered. Results are not yet final in at least one Senate contest and several House races. Although it is certain that Republicans will hold onto the majority in both chambers - by slimmer margins than in the 106th Congress - the final numbers are still awaited. This FYI looks at possible changes in committee leadership that could impact R&D within federal departments and agencies tracked by FYI.

21 Nov 2000

A National Academies committee has identified obstacles to the appointment of federal senior level science and technology administrators, and has made recommendations for reducing these problems. One of their most important recommendations was that the next president appoint his Assistant to the President for Science and Technology as quickly as possible.

20 Oct 2000

When Congress adjourns this month all bills that are still pending before it will die. Included in the obituary is likely to be legislation that would authorize the doubling of federal civilian R&D over the next ten years. Despite repeated passage in the Senate of bills that would accomplish this goal, the bill has never cleared the House Science Committee.

10 Oct 2000

"Back on Track" Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson has declared that the National Ignition Facility (NIF) is "back on track" following the release of a final baseline report and an independent technical review. National Nuclear Security Administrator John Gordon agrees, saying, "We have prepared a detailed bottom-up cost and schedule to complete the NIF project....

26 Sep 2000

Warning on U.S. LHC Contribution During a routine hearing this week of the House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) told DOE officials that he would prevent "one thin dime" from being spent on hardware for CERN's Large Hadron Collider by the federal government until certain conditions are met. Although Barton admitted that he did not know how much support he had for his position on Capitol Hill, his statement and demeanor made it clear that he should not be ignored.

6 Mar 1997

"Given the importance of federal R&D investments to the nation, states, and localities, amazingly little information is available about them that is complete, detailed, and current." - new RAND report on Federal R&D

21 Jun 2000

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