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FYI This Month: January 2014

Richard M. Jones
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2013 in Review: Highlights from FYI

Major policy and budget developments affecting the physics community in 2013.

Of Note: Selected Quotations from FYI in 2013

2014 Congressional Calendar

House and Senate calendars that can be used in planning a trip to Washington or for meeting with a representative or senator in their local office.

FY 2014 Appropriations Outcomes

President Obama has signed into law an FY 2014 omnibus bill consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills providing funding for the following agencies:

DOE Office of Science 
National Science Foundation 
National Institute of Standards and Technology 
National Nuclear Security Administration 
Department of Defense Science and Technology Programs 
Department of Education STEM Education Programs; STEM Education Programs Restructuring 
U.S. Geological Survey 
NOAA – National Weather Service 

House Science Committee Discusses Manufacturing and Innovation Legislation

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing to consider a potential national manufacturing innovation network and to discuss H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013.

Senate Subcommittee Discusses Forecasting Capabilities and Weather Readiness

The Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing to assess efforts at the National Weather Service to improve access, accuracy, and timing of weather forecasting and predictions.

Air Force Seeks Input on Location of Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

The Air Force sought input on “the degree of impact the location of AFOSR has on your organization’s confidence in the Air Force’s ability to manage basic research.”

Concerns Expressed About Possible Relocation of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Reaction has been swift to the Air Force’s request for public input on the possible relocation of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research from Arlington, Virginia to Dayton, Ohio.

FY 2014 Budget Cycle Complete; FY 2015 Budget Cycle Ahead

The FY 2014 budget cycle came to an end on January 17 when President Obama signed H.R. 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, providing $1.012 trillion dollars in funding for this year.  The Administration submits its FY 2015 budget request to Congress on March 4.

State of the Union: Basic Research, Innovation, High-Tech Jobs, Climate Change, STEM Education

Early in his State of the Union address President Obama highlighted the importance of basic research to American competitiveness.  Obama has mentioned the importance of research in his previous State of the Union addresses, as did President George W. Bush in his own addresses, dating to 2006.

Science Committee Discusses Engaging Students and the Public in STEM

The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology held hearings to discuss engaging students in science, technology, engineering, and math fields, and research at the Smithsonian.

International Space Station to be Extended Until 2024; Asteroid Mission Reaffirmed

Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced "that the Obama Administration has approved an extension of the International Space Station until at least 2024." They also reaffirmed their support for the proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission to retrieve a near-Earth asteroid. 

Richard M. Jones
Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics