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Richard M. Jones
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FY 2010 DOE Office of Science Appropriations Bill:

Congress passed an FY 2010 funding bill providing a 3.1 percent, or $146.1 million increase over last year for the Office of Science. Individual program increases ranged between 0.5 and 6.8 percent. (FYI #117)

FY 2010 NNSA Appropriations Bill:

Funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration increases by 7.3 percent or $672.4 million. The Weapons Activities budget remains essentially flat. (#118)

Nuclear Waste Disposal:

Congress agreed with the Administration’s request to reduce the FY 2010 budget for nuclear waste disposal by $47.0 million from last year’s budget of $145.4 million. A blue ribbon commission is to present recommendations on future strategies for dealing with this waste. (#119)

Review of Technical Issues Regarding Test Ban Treaty:

About a year from now a National Academies’ committee is to issue a report reviewing and updating a 2002 study on maintaining the safety and reliability of the U.S. stockpile, nuclear-test detection, and funding levels. (#120)

President Obama on Science and Technology:

The President spoke at several venues on the importance of science and technology, repeating his goal for the United States to devote 3 percent of its GDP to R&D. (#121)

Obama Administration Releases “A Strategy for American Innovation”:

A 22-page document by the National Economic Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy outlines the Administration’s approach to rebuilding “a new foundation for durable, sustainable economic growth.” (#122)

GAO Questions NASA’s Management of Constellation System:

The General Accounting Office concluded that NASA must develop a solid business case before it can move the Constellation program into the implementation stage. (#123)

FY 2010 Appropriations Bills:

While the President signed the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, the outlook for other funding bills of interest to the physics community is unclear. (#124)

Hearing on DOE High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics Programs:

A House Science subcommittee hearing found support for these DOE physics programs, but also questions about whether the funding could have been used for other needs with more immediate and direct benefit to taxpayers. (#125)

Brinkman’s Comments to High Energy Physics Advisory Panel:

William Brinkman, Director of the DOE Office of Science, told the panel when speaking of the FY 2010 budget that an “enormous amount” had been accomplished this year, later saying “we are . . . heading for the doubling by 2016.” (#126)

Augustine Committee Releases Final Report:

The much-awaited report by the “Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee” was released, which concluded that the current “budget limitation would delay meaningful exploration well into the 2020s or beyond.” (#127, #128)

Richard M. Jones
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American Institute of Physics
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