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FYI THIS MONTH: APRIL 2011

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

Academic and Business Associations Express Concern About Science Funding and Call for Entitlement Reform

Academic and business organizations issued a statement calling for entitlement reform, warning that federal budget cuts limited to discretionary programs threaten to undermine the nation’s “physical, technological and scientific infrastructure.”

House Hearing on Defense Science and Technology Programs

At a hearing on the FY 2012 Department of Defense budget request, senior Republican and Democratic leaders agreed that the future of the department, and the nation’s security, were dependent on DOD’s science and technology programs.

House Appropriators Blast DOE and NRC over Yucca Mountain

Senior officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Department of Energy heard bipartisan criticism about the Obama Administration’s cancelation of the development of the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. 

House Appropriations Hearing on FY 2012 NIST Budget Request

There appeared to be complete agreement between the senior Republican and Democratic leaders on a key appropriations subcommittee about the budget request for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the importance of its work in support of U.S. manufacturing.

Details of Final FY 2011 Appropriations Bill Emerging

Congress and the Administration agreed on final FY 2011 funding legislation that the White House said protected funding for critical science, education, and health programs.

House Budget Plan Would Cut FY 2012 Science Funding to 2008 Level

The House passed a budget plan that would reduce total funding for the National Science Foundation, general science programs at the Department of Energy, most NASA programs, and for the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate. 

Low-Key Senate Appropriations Hearing on FY 2012 NASA Request

There was little disagreement about NASA’s FY 2012 budget request at a recent appropriations hearing, in contrast to a hearing last year when senators were openly skeptical if not hostile to the Administration’s proposed human spaceflight initiative.

House Science Committee Examines DOE Budget

There were sharp partisan differences at a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing about the Obama Administration’s FY 2012 request for the Department of Energy.

House Science Committee Comments on Administration FY 2012 S&T Budget Request

A report issued by the Republicans on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee offers a range of views regarding FY 2012 budget requests for different S&T agencies.

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