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FYI THIS MONTH: DECEMBER 1999

HIGHLIGHTS OF DEVELOPMENTS IN WASHINGTON IMPACTING THE PHYSICS COMMUNITY FROM FYI, THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS BULLETIN OF SCIENCE POLICY NEWS Richard M. Jones, Audrey T. Leath
fyithismonth@aip.org NIST FY 2000 FUNDING CUT: NIST's FY 2000 appropriation fell 1.3 percent below the FY 1999 level. Construction funding almost doubled to allow construction to begin on NIST's Advanced Measurement Laboratory, while the budget for the controversial Advanced Technology Program was cut by 30 percent, and funding for NIST's in-house laboratories remained virtually flat. (FYI #166)

DOE FY 2000 FUSION APPROPRIATIONS INCREASED: After several years of tight budgets, Congress gave DOE's magnetic fusion program an increase of more than 12 percent. This increase helps push the fusion budget one step closer to the funding levels recommended in two recent reports on the program. (FYI #167)

COMPARISON OF APPROPRIATIONS RESULTS: In a comparison of FY 2000 appropriations results for selected R&D programs and agencies, NIST construction funding tops the list with growth of 91 percent over FY 1999, to enable construction of the Advanced Measurement Laboratory. NIH funding places second with growth of 15 percent. (FYI #168)

CONGRESSIONAL SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP DEADLINE APPROACHING: AIP and APS are accepting applications for Fellowship programs that enable scientists to work with Congress; the deadline for applications to be postmarked is January 15, 2000. (FYI #169)

PREDICTIONS ON FUTURE DOD R&D BUDGET: A senior Defense Department official predicts that the Clinton Administration will request a DOD R&D budget (comprising basic and applied research and advanced technology development) of almost 12 percent less than the FY 2000 appropriation. These accounts have been cut repeatedly in past years, leading to what the official called "death by a thousand cuts." (FYI #170)

PRESIDENT'S S&T ADVISORS MEET: Panels of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) discussed federal involvement in areas including nanotechnology, environmental R&D, education, and national security. Invited speakers addressed issues of State Department science expertise (FYI #172), and 21st century challenges to the nation's R&D enterprise. (FYI #171)

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