FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News

FYI THIS MONTH: JULY 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

AIP Supports Resumption of Pu-238 Production

The American Institute of Physics and three of its Member Societies urged House appropriators to include $10 million in the FY 2012 funding bill for the Department of Energy for the production of PU-238.

First Information on House FY 2012 Appropriations for NASA, NIST, NSF, OSTP, USGS

The House Appropriations Committee announced that none of the agencies would receive an increase in their FY 2012 budget.  Funding for the James Webb Space Telescope was terminated.

Obama Administration Responds to House FY 2012 Defense and DOE Funding Bills

Statements issued by the Office of Management and Budget highlighted areas of disagreement in the appropriations bills for the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. 

American Astronomical Society Urges Continuation of Funding for James Webb Space Telescope

AAS, an AIP Member Society, issued a statement warning The United States position as the leader in astronomy, space science, and spaceflight is directly threatened by this proposal.” The Society “calls upon all members of Congress to support JWST to its completion and to provide strong oversight on the path to this goal.”

GAO Faults DOE in Helium-3 Shortage

A study by The Government Accountability Office investigated the Department of Energy’s slow response to the severe shortage of a critical isotope, helium-3, in 2008. GAO found that unclear stewardship responsibilities and poor coordination between two DOE offices caused stockpiles of helium-3 to be severely depleted before any shortage was detected.

House Rejects Amendment to Allocate $10 Million in DOE Funding Bill for Pu-238 Production

An amendment to allocate $10 million for Pu-238 production in the FY 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill was rejected by a vote of 257 no votes to 167 yes votes.

House Rejects Amendments to Increase FY 2012 ARPA-E Funding, Cut DOE Funding

The House of Representatives rejected amendments to increase by $450 million the FY 2012 appropriation for ARPA-E, and to cut funding for the Department of Energy.

Schiff Amendment to Provide FY 2012 Funding for James Webb Space Telescope Rejected

The House Appropriations Committee rejected an amendment offered by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to provide $200 million for the telescope, leaving intact the decision to terminate funding. 

FY 2012 House Funding Bill: National Science Foundation

Total funding would remain level in FY 2012; funding for Research and Related Activities would increase 0.8 percent.

FY 2012 House Funding Bill: NASA

The House Appropriations Committee bill would cut total NASA funding by 8.9 percent.

FY 2012 House Funding Bill: National Institute of Standards and Technology

NIST funding would decline by 6.6 percent under the bill approved by House appropriators.

FY 2012 House Funding Bill: U.S. Geological Survey

House appropriators recommended a 2.8 percent reduction in FY 2012 funding for USGS.

PCAST Examines Future of Scientific Research in U.S.

Members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology were briefed on studies on the future of research universities and on the interfaces between academia, government, and industry as they affect science, engineering, and medicine. 

House Passes FY 2011 DOE Funding Bill – With Amendments

By a one vote margin, the House voted to increase the FY 2012 appropriation for ARPA-E by almost $80 million.  The House rejected another amendment to terminate ARPA-E’s funding. 

On the Record: Roll Call Votes on Increasing and Decreasing the FY 2012 DOE Office of Science Budget

During its consideration of the FY 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, representatives cast a series of key votes on Office of Science funding. 

FY 2012 Defense Legislation: House Appropriations Bill, House and Senate Authorization Bills

House and Senate appropriators and authorizers have recommended varying funding levels for the science and technology programs of the Department of Defense. 

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