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FYI This Month: September 2011

Richard M. Jones
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Looking Ahead to FY 2013: OMB Issues Budget Guidance

An Office of Management and Budget memo instructed the heads of departments and agencies to submit FY 2013 budget requests lower than FY 2011 levels, while stressing the importance of investments critical to job creation and economic growth.

House Science Subcommittee Hearing on NSF’s Merit Review Process

Much praise was expressed for the National Science Foundation’s decision making process for awarding grants, with some concern expressed about proposed changes to the system.

First Information on FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill for the Department of Energy

Funding for the Office of Science would decline 0.9 percent, while increasing by 39.1 percent for ARPA-E and by 4.3 percent for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Weapons Activities.

Remembering and Responding to 9/11

In a speech following the attacks in 2001, then National Science Foundation Director Rita Colwell commented "It is abundantly clear that there is a concurrent need for increased scientific and engineering knowledge. In times such as these, we are acutely cognizant of living in a society defined by, and dependent on, science and technology.” 

FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill for the Department of Energy: Science

The committee recommended changes in program funding within the Office of Science ranging between an increase of 4.6 percent to a cut of 10.7 percent.

FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill for the Department of Energy: NNSA

Funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration would increase 5.0 percent in FY 2012 under the Senate bill.

First Information: FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill for NASA, NIST, NSF

FY 2012 funding would decline 2.8 percent for NASA, by 2.4 percent for the National Science Foundation, and by 9.3 percent for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Senate Appropriators on Nuclear Energy

Senate appropriators recommended a cut of 20.3 percent in FY 2012 funding for the Department of Energy’s nuclear energy program, while providing considerable language in the committee report regarding nuclear plant operations and the handling of spent nuclear fuel.

AIP Invites Fellowship Applications

Applications are due by November 1 for the State Department Fellowship offered by the American Institute of Physics.

“Regrettable Reductions”: Senate Appropriators on FY 2012 S&T Funding

“These are regrettable reductions that will result in real consequences,” stated Senate appropriators in describing proposed FY 2012 budget cuts to NIST, NSF, and NASA.

FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill: National Science Foundation

Under the Senate bill, NSF funding would be reduced by 2.4 percent, with Research and Related Activities funding declining 2.2 percent and Education and Human Resources funding declining 3.7 percent.  

FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Funding would decline 9.3 percent for NIST, by 1.4 percent for Scientific and Technical Research and Services, and by 30.8 percent for Industrial Technology Services.

FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill: NASA

Total NASA funding would fall 2.8 percent, while increasing 3.3 percent for its Science program.  Exploration funding would decline 0.7 percent. 

FY 2012 Senate Defense Appropriations Bill: Science and Technology Programs

Under this bill, Basic Research funding would increase 3.5 percent, while Applied Research funding would fall 1.6 percent and Advanced Technology Development funding would decline 9.0 percent. 

White House Event on NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative

The National Science Foundation announced several family-friendly initiatives for grant recipients that were lauded by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Recent Developments on James Webb Space Telescope

A key House appropriator called on the Obama Administration to offer spending reductions in other programs to offset the higher projected cost of the James Webb Space Telescope.

House Science Committee Roundtable Discusses Proposed Deep Underground Facility

A panel discussed the proposed deep underground science facility at the site of the former Homestake Gold Mine in South Dakota.

Richard M. Jones
Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics