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FYI This Month: August 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

Science Committee Members Hear from Secretary of Energy on National Labs

Chairwoman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Ranking Member Eric Swalwell (D-CA) of the House Subcommittee on Energy recently sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz requesting information on Department of Energy National Laboratories.  Moniz responded on July 10, giving an overview of science and technology priorities which were the subject of a recent hearing. 

Cordova to be Nominated as Next NSF Director

The White House announced that President Obama will nominate France Anne Cordova to become the next director of the National Science Foundation.

FY 2014 Senate Department of Defense Appropriations Bill: S&T Programs

Earlier this month the Senate Appropriations Committee approved S. 1429, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for FY 2014.  Accompanying this $594.4 billion bill is Senate Report 113-85 detailing the committee’s budget and policy recommendations.

Divergent Numbers: Senate Committee Approves NASA Authorization Bill on Party Line Vote

“A disappointment for me” was how Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) described what he predicted would be party line votes on a three year NASA reauthorization bill passed by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.  Nelson’s prediction was correct as the committee’s Democrats all voted in favor of this bill that every Republican on the committee opposed.

No Solution in Sight: Attempts to Craft Federal Budget Deal Fail With One Month to Go

“I have no idea” a key Republican senator said when asked about the next step to craft a budget deal to continue federal funding in FY 2014 following an announcement that high level talks had ended.  Senator Bob Corker’s (R-TN) statement, as quoted in the Washington Post, is just the latest indication that no solution is in sight to the continuing division in Washington about federal spending.

Representatives Request Government Accountability Office Study on Gender Bias

Three representatives have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine the “government’s effectiveness in combating gender bias in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.” 

Richard M. Jones
Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics
rjones@aip.org
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