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FYI THIS MONTH: FEBRUARY 2008

HIGHLIGHTS OF DEVELOPMENTS IN WASHINGTON IMPACTING THE PHYSICS COMMUNITY FROM FYI, THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS BULLETIN OF SCIENCE POLICY NEWS

To read the cited FYIs, see the FYI archive at:http://www.aip.org/fyi/2008/

FYI THIS MONTH: FEBRUARY 2008
HIGHLIGHTS OF DEVELOPMENTS IN WASHINGTON IMPACTING THE PHYSICS
COMMUNITY FROM FYI, THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS BULLETIN OF
SCIENCE POLICY NEWS
fyithismonth@aip.org

To read the cited FYIs, see the FYI archive
at: http://www.aip.org/fyi/2008

FY 2008 DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE APPROPRIATION: Letters were sent to President Bush, senior Administration officials, and key congressional leaders asking them to consider adding $300 million to this year's budget for the DOE Office of Science. (#17)

FY 2009 ADMINISTRATION BUDGET REQUEST: While the Administration held growth in non-security discretionary spending to less than one percent, it requested a 15 percent increase in total funding for the DOE Office of Science, NSF, and NIST research programs – all components of the American Competitiveness Initiative. (#18)

FY 2009 S&T BUDGET REQUESTS: DOE Office of Science: Up 18.8 percent (#19). NASA: Up 1.8 percent (#20). National Science Foundation: Up 13.0 percent (#21). Defense science and technology programs (request-to-request): Up 6.5 percent (#22). U.S. Geological Survey: Down 3.8 percent (#23). Department of Education's Math Science Partnership: level funding (#24). National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering: level funding (#24). National Institute of Standards and Technology research programs: Up 21.7 percent (#25)

2008 CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR: See #26

SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING: Efforts are underway to increase funding for the DOE Office of Science and the National Science Foundation for this year. There are no indications whether these efforts will be successful, with one senior Administration official warning that securing supplemental funding is very tricky. (#27)

IMPACTS OF FY 2008 FUNDING OUTCOME FOR DOE OFFICE OF SCIENCE, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, AND NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY: Documents were released outlining how the shortfall in FY 2008 funding will impact the programs and facilities of these science agencies. (#28, 29)

DOE OFFICIAL DESCRIBES FY 2008 BUDGET AND FY 2009 REQUEST: A senior Department of Energy official discussed the effects of this year's disappointing outcome for DOE science program, and called the large FY 2009 request "a sitting duck." (#30)

EFFORT TO INCREASE FY 2009 NSF FUNDING: A letter has been circulated to Members of the House of Representatives asking for their support for a strong FY 2009 appropriation for the National Science Foundation. Constituent interest in this letter will be critical to its success. (#31)

Richard M. Jones
Media and Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics
fyi@aip.org
301-209-3095

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