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FYI This Month - July 2009

Richard M. Jones
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Department of Energy FY 2010 Appropriations Moving Through Congress:

The House passed a bill providing a 3.9 percent increase for the DOE Office of Science, approved funding for only one of eight Energy Innovation Hubs (#87, 93) and recommended a 1.4 percent reduction in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s weapons activities’ budget (#94). The Senate bill recommended a 3.0 percent increase for the Office of Science (#89) and an increase of 0.9 percent for the NNSA’s weapons activities (#90). The outlook for the proposed Energy Innovation Hubs in both bills is uncertain (#95) with the Administration moving on several fronts (#101). House floor debate on the bill touched on a number of science-related issues (#99).

Senate Confirmation Hearing for Top NASA Officials:

Senators were supportive of the nominations of Charles F. Bolden to be the new NASA Administrator and Lori Garver as Deputy Administrator (#88).

USGS Funding:

The FY 2010 House bill contains a 5.9 percent overall increase, the Senate bill a 5.8 percent increase for the US Geological Survey (#91).

DOE Office of Science Director:

Speaking before an advisory committee, William Brinkman discussed the FY 2010 and 2011 budget requests, user facilities, Energy Innovation Hubs, nuclear energy, energy and climate change, and the importance of basic research (#92).

Call for Clean Energy R&D Funding:

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and 34 Nobel Laureates called for changes in the House-passed climate change bill in order to provide more funding for the development of clean energy technologies (#96).

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Funding:

A House bill recommended a 3.4 percent increase in FY 2010 (#97).

Women's Participation in STEM Disciplines:

A subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee heard recommendations on increasing the participation of women in science, technology, and engineering disciplines. Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI) spoke of his dismay that women only make up 21 percent of physics bachelor’s degrees (#98).

Department of Education Appropriations Bill:

As a result of an amendment on the House floor, proposed funding for the Mathematics and Science Partnerships increased by 3.0 percent, the first increase since 2006. Funding outcomes for other programs varied (#100).

Department of Defense S&T Programs Funding:

The House passed an FY 2010 appropriations bill that would cut total funding for the three DOD science and technology programs (6.1, 6.2, 6.3) by 2.3 percent; 6.1 basic research funding would increase 4.8 percent (#102).

Richard M. Jones
Media and Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics