FYI is an objective, authoritative digest of science policy developments in Washington impacting the physical science community.

Last Thursday the Senate Appropriations Committee passed H.R. 4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for FY 2015. The committee report accompanying this bill provides the appropriators’ budget and policy recommendations for the three science and technology programs.

The following excerpts are from this report:

22 Jul 2014

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed three bi-partisan bills relevant to the scientific community.  A fourth, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Policy Reauthorization Act was pulled from consideration but is expected to be voted on shortly by the House.

18 Jul 2014

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report describing significant management challenges to the Department of Energy’s support of the ITER program.  The report responds to a request from five senators asking GAO to review ITER’s changing construction cost and schedule, the reliability of current projections, and actions taken by the Department of Energy to reduce the program’s expense.

18 Jul 2014