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

Indicative of the awareness of Washington policy makers about the importance of critical materials are an announcement from the Office of Science and Technology Policy, action on the House floor on energy critical elements legislation, and a House subcommittee hearing.

20 Aug 2014

Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) has sent a letter to his Senate colleagues asking them to sign a letter to Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL), asking them to provide $5.99 billion to the National Science Foundation in FY 2007.

The deadline for signatures for this letter is Monday, January 22. Constituents wanting to contact their senators’ offices to alert them to this letter can reach the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121.

19 Aug 2014

“We want to gather bold ideas for how we as a nation can build on and extend into the future our historic strengths in innovation and discovery,” declares a recent blog post by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  OSTP and the National Economic Council are revising the Obama Administration’s Strategy for American Innovation and are seeking public input in the development of this revision.  Comments are due by September 23.

13 Aug 2014