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

Yesterday afternoon the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee met to review the FY 2016 budget request for NASA.  The hearing was friendly and low-key, with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden as the only witness to discuss the $18,529.1 million request, up $518.9 million or 2.8 percent over the current budget. 

17 Apr 2015

Tomorrow morning the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee will meet to approve its FY 2016 funding bill.  The subcommittee released the text of the draft 58-page bill; the all-important committee report providing detailed funding levels and recommendations for various programs will be released in coming days after the full committee passes the bill.  This report will be reviewed in a future FYI

14 Apr 2015

The Coalition for National Security Research (CNSR), “a broadly-based coalition of industry, research universities, and associations united by a commitment to a stronger Defense S&T base” has issued an FY 2016 funding statement recommending a higher level of funding for science and technology programs than that requested by the Obama Administration.  The American Institute of Physics and two of its Member Societies, the American Physical Society and The Optical Society, are members of CNSR.

13 Apr 2015