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FYI This Month: March 2014

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
Richard M. Jones            fyithismonth@aip.org

PCAST Discusses Data Reproducibility Issues

Two sections of a meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology addressed the symptoms and causes of irreproducibility of scientific data.

PCAST Discusses Leveraging Science and Technology Capabilities Across the Department of Commerce

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology held a discussion on leveraging science and technology capabilities across the Department of Commerce.

FY 2015 Budget Request: S&T Programs

Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren explained when reviewing the FY 2015 budget request that science and technology “do better overall than might have been expected,” while acknowledging “we recognize this budget could be better.”  The Administration's budget requests for selected federal science agencies follow:

DOE Office of Science 
National Nuclear Security Administration 
Department of Defense Science and Technology Programs 
U.S. Geological Survey 
NASA 
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering 
National Science Foundation
National Institute of Standards and Technology 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
STEM Education

FY 2015 S&T Administration Budget Requests: The Ups and Downs

Percentage changes in various S&T and STEM education requests, as compared to current FY 2014 budgets, ranging from a high of a 33.2 percent increase for a STEM education program at the National Science Foundation to a requested decrease of  23.8 percent for education programs at the NASA.

NASA Asked to Consider Mars Human Flyby Mission in 2021 in Strategic Plan

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) have sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden asking his agency to “develop a clear, well-planned technical implementation plan for the future of human spaceflight over the next few months.” 

House Science Subcommittee to Mark Up NSF and NIST Authorization Bill

The legislation will also authorize STEM education programs, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and related matters, and R&D programs for Networking and Information Technology.  A draft of this legislation attracted much attention last year because of proposed controversial changes in NSF’s grant-making process.

Overview of H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act

The House Subcommittee on Research and Technology considered and then voted to send H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014 to the full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.  Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) predicted that the full committee will consider the bill within the next few weeks.

Building Support for the National Science Foundation

Members of the House of Representatives were alerted to a letter that will be sent to the chairman and ranking member of the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee. The letter requests an increase in the FY 2015 budget for the National Science Foundation to $7.5 billion.

Letter Seeks Strong and Sustained Funding for DOE Office of Science

A letter has been sent to all Members of the House of Representatives asking them to sign a letter that will be sent to the chairman and ranking member of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee requesting that they “make strong and sustained funding for the DOE Office of Science one of your highest priorities in fiscal year 2015.” 

OSTP Director Holdren Appears Before House Science Committee

There was little that Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren and the Republican members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee agreed about at a two-hour hearing on the Administration’s FY 2015 S&T budget request.

Good Hearing Before House Appropriators on FY 2015 NSF Budget Request

There was a striking contrast in tone between the House Science Committee hearing on the Administration’s FY 2015 S&T budget request and a hearing before House appropriators on the National Science Foundation request.

AAAS Publishes Report on Climate Change

The AAAS announced its What We Know initiative in mid-March and recently published a report on climate change to contribute to a larger discussion on climate change issues.

House Appropriators React Positively to FY 2015 Office of Science Budget Request

A hearing before the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee on the FY 2015 budget request for the Office of Science was very upbeat.

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