Comments on the proposed changes to the OMB regulations regarding the accessibility of federally-funded data must be received by April 5 -- eighteen days from today. The proposed revisions, as described in FYI #18, have caused many in the scientific community to express concern about the impact which these changes might have on the conduct of scientific research.

19 Mar 1999

While the House Science Committee does not actually write the appropriations bills, they work with the people who do. Thus the "Views and Estimates of the Committee on Science for Fiscal Year 2000" are important. In many instances, the views are mixed.

The full 13-page report is available on the committee's website at www.house.gov/science The following are some of the major findings regarding programs followed by FYI that fall within the committee's jurisdiction. Readers are urged to consult the full report for further detail.

16 Mar 1999

David E. Moncton has been named the new Project Director of the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In making this announcement, DOE Office of Science Director Martha Krebs also reported on the results of recent internal and external reviews of the project. She said DOE is "on track for delivering this unique facility to the scientific community in 2005."

23 Feb 1999

FYI's coverage of the Clinton Administration's FY 2000 R&D request is now complete. AIP's Science Policy page at http://www.aip.org/gov/ has previous FYIs on the DOD, DOE, NASA, NIST, NSF, and the Department of Education's Eisenhower Professional Development Program FY 2000 requests arranged by department or agency.

19 Feb 1999


The NSF established this account several years ago to fund the construction of large scale research facilities. After completion, facility operation and maintenance money is provided through the Research and Related Activities budget.

NSF is requesting $85.0 million for six facilities in FY 2000. This amount is down $5.0 million, or 5.6%, from the current year. Many of these facilities are of particular interest to the physics and astronomy community. The NSF budget document provides the following descriptions:

18 Feb 1999

The Federal Research Investment Act, an authorization bill to double civilian federal R&D funding over 12 years, was introduced in the 106th session of Congress by Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) on January 22. Last year, the bill (formerly S. 2217, now S. 296) passed the Senate by unanimous consent in October, but never made it through the House or to the President's desk (see FYI #143, 1998).

27 Jan 1999

The American Institute of Physics' Office of Government and Institutional Relations, a part of the Public Information Division, offers a range of services to assist the physics community in following budget and policy developments in Washington, and for communicating with Congress. We urge you to take advantage of these free services and hope you will contact us if we can be of any assistance.


7 Jan 1999

Last week's meeting of the DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee included several presentations of particular interest to the wider science and technology community. Addresses by speakers from the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the Office of Management and Budget discussed funding, the government's response to terrorism, and performance measurement.

6 Dec 2001

A newly-released survey of U.S. student achievement in science shows little change in performance over 1996 in grades four and eight, and a slight decline in performance by twelfth-graders. This new report provides results of the Department of Education's 2000 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) in science, including both national and state results for samples of U.S. students in grades four, eight, and twelve. The report, entitled "The Nation's Report Card: Science 2000," was released on November 20.

30 Nov 2001

Late last week, the Senate voted to confirm John H. Marburger to be the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Yesterday, Marburger addressed the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP). Marburger's remarks offered good insight into his thinking and that of President George Bush regarding science and technology policy and funding.

31 Oct 2001


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