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FYI This Month: May 2012

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

Optical Society of America CEO Testifies on Importance of NSF and NIST to US Economic Prosperity

When testifying before House appropriators, Elizabeth Rogan, CEO of the Optical Society of America, urged “continued, sustained investments in R&D programs at NSF and NIST” that will, she said, “help revitalize U.S. manufacturing, create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and spur innovations that will lead to a better quality of life for millions of people in the U.S. and around the globe.” 

AIP Endorses Letter Urging Congress to Consider STEM Education a National Priority

AIP and several of its Member Societies signed a letter to House appropriators requesting that STEM education be considered a national priority in the budgets for the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies “engaged in providing resources for educators, students and researchers.” 

House and Senate Appropriations Committee Report Language:

FY 2013 Appropriations Committee Reports: Department of Energy Office of Science

FY 2013 Appropriations Committee Reports: National Science Foundation

FY 2013 Appropriations Committee Reports: NASA

FY 2013 Appropriations Committee Reports: National Institute of Standards and Technology

FY 2013 Appropriations Committee Reports: National Nuclear Security Administration

FY 2013 Appropriations Committee Reports: Nuclear Waste Provisions

House Energy and Commerce Committee Reviews Budget and Spending at the Department of Energy

The subject of the April 18 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation was “Budget and Spending Concerns at DOE.”  This hearing highlighted the tensions between Republicans and Democrats on issues surrounding the department’s budget.

Subcommittee on Research and Science Education Examines the Planning and Management of NSF Research Facilities

On April 18, the House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held the second in a series of hearings focused on major multi-user research facilities management. 

From the Floor: House Considers FY 2013 Bill Funding NASA, NIST and NSF

Selections from House debate on the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.

House Rejects Move to Cut $1.2 Billion from FY 2013 NSF Appropriation

By a vote of a vote of 121 to 291, House members voted against an amendment to reduce the FY 2013 budget for the National Science Foundation by $1.2 billion.

House Rejects Amendment to Cut $10 Million from FY 2013 Funding for Mars Program

By a vote of 160-260, House members rejected an amendment that proposed shifting $10 million from the appropriation for NASA’s Mars Next Decade program to a Department of Justice program providing for student loan repayments for prosecutors and public defenders. 

House Votes to Eliminate Funding for NSF Climate Change Education Program

Voting 238-188, House members approved an amendment to eliminate funding for the National Science Foundation’s Climate Change Education Program in FY 2013. 

FY 2013 NSF Political Science Research Funding Eliminated by House

The House passed, by a vote of 218-208, an amendment prohibiting money from being spent to carry out the functions of the Political Science Program in NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation.

Subcommittee on Research and Science Education Holds Hearing to Examine Spending at the National Science Foundation

Members of the subcommittee were particularly focused on addressing the issue of contingency costs during this hearing.

Reaction to Successful Flight of Commercial Cargo Space Craft to Space Station

Members of Congress and senior Obama Administration officials praised the SpaceX mission.

House Defense Authorization Bill Recommends Reduced Funding for S&T Programs

The total authorization level for the Pentagon's three S&T programs declined by 4.4 percent, although the basic research authorization increased by 0.7 percent. 

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