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

Last year, the Subcommittee on Investigations and  Oversight of the House Committee on Science and Technology held a hearing   on the severe shortage of helium-3, which is used in industrial, national  security, and non-proliferation applications, as well as research  equipment.

16 Dec 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