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FYI This Month: April 2013

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

Bipartisan House Letter Urges President to Provide Strong Support for DOE High Energy Physics Program

Seventeen Republican and Democratic representatives signed a letter to President Obama advocating “strong support of our nation’s High Energy Physics program.” 

President Emphasizes Importance of Research When Announcing BRAIN Initiative

President Obama announced his intention to seek $100 million in his FY 2014 budget request for the BRAIN Initiative: Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. 

Administration’s BRAIN Initiative

Physics, optics, nanoscience, and imaging were highlighted in a Fact Sheet released by the White House following President Obama’s announcement about the BRAIN Initiative. 

Building Support for the DOE Office of Science

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to all members of the House of Representatives urging them to sign an accompanying letter “to express our strong support for robust and sustained funding for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, and the critical research, unique scientific facilities, and expert personnel that it supports.” 

Priorities of Science Committee Republicans on DOE Science, NASA, NIST, NOAA, and NSF

A good indicator of the views of House Science Committee Republicans on the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, NASA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Science Foundation can be found in an eight-page document submitted to the House Budget Committee. 

House Committee on Education and the Workplace: STEM Education

The House Committee on Education and the Workplace submitted its “Budget Views and Estimates for Fiscal Year 2014” to the House Budget Committee.    

Science Committee Hears from NASA, NSF and Department of Commerce Inspector Generals

The Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing to hear from Inspector Generals about the performance and management challenges at their respective agencies. 

Inspector Generals Questioned by House Science Committee's Oversight Subcommittee

A Subcommittee on Oversight hearing was the second in a series of hearings aimed at reviewing management and performance challenges within the agencies under the jurisdiction of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.  

Nomination Hearing for Ernest Moniz to be Next Secretary of Energy

There is every indication from a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that committee members will approve Ernest Moniz’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Energy and send it to the full Senate for confirmation. 

Industrial Physics Forum: An Intersection Between Industry, Academia and Government

Industrial Physics Forum, organized by the Corporate Associates of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), features invited speakers from industry, academia and government agencies who give presentations at AIP Member Society meetings or are hosted by Corporate Associates member organizations. 

Administration Sends FY 2014 Budget to Congress

Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren declared “the state of the R&D budget is quite strong,” but acknowledged the FY 2014 request for federal science and technology programs is “not the budget we would want if the financial times were better.”

FY 2014 National Science Foundation Budget Request

FY 2014 Department of Energy Office of Science Budget Request 

FY 2014 National Institute of Standards and Technology Request 

FY 2014 National Nuclear Security Administration Request

FY 2014 Department of Defense Science and Technology Programs

FY 2014 NASA Budget Request 

FY 2014 STEM Education Budget 

FY 2014 National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering 

FY 2014 USGS Budget Request 

Letter Urges Priority for ARPA-E, Energy Innovation Hubs, Energy Frontier Research Centers

A letter circulated in the Senate urging senators to demonstrate their support for three Department of Energy programs: The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Energy Innovation Hubs, and Energy Frontier Research Centers. 

Holdren Appears Before House Science Committee

Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren appeared before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee to answer questions about the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 request for several important science agencies. 

Rep. Bill Foster on FY 2014 Department of Energy Appropriations Legislation

Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) wrote to House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) about FY 2014 funding levels and committee report language for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Office of Nuclear Energy.

Senators, Representatives Express Opposition to Disproportionate Cuts to NASA Science Budget

Concern about NASA’s FY 2013 operating plan for its Planetary Science program resulted in two senators and two representatives writing to Administrator Charles Bolden expressing opposition to disproportionate budgetary reductions to this program.

Senate Appropriations Hearing on FY 2014 Department of Commerce Request

The Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing on the Commerce Department request.

House Education and Workforce Subcommittee Reviews STEM Education Programs

The Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education within the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing to review federal investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs.

House Science Committee Receives an Overview of the NSF FY 2014 Budget

The House Science Committee’s Research Subcommittee held a hearing to review the Administration’s FY 2014 Budget Request for the National Science Foundation. 

Important Budget Hearings for NASA

House and Senate appropriators have completed their hearings on the FY 2014 NASA budget request.

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