Among the major agenda items that Congress will consider when it returns to Washington next week are the FY 2016 appropriations bills.  House and Senate appropriators have held many hearings on the Obama Administration’s request, with more hearings planned in coming weeks.

6 Apr 2015

Appropriators in the House and Senate are moving quickly in their review of the Obama Administration’s FY 2016 budget request.  Simultaneous hearings are being held on many department and agency requests as the appropriators look toward the drafting of their funding legislation.   They have a difficult job this year in finding money for the budget increases because overall funding is being kept essentially flat.

20 Mar 2015

“The reputation of the NSF is the greatest in the world,” House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) said Tuesday during a hearing on the foundation’s FY 2016 budget request.  Culberson’s passion for science was clearly evident at this and other hearings, and as the point person for the writing of the funding bill for NSF, his statements during this hearing were very encouraging.

19 Mar 2015

In addition to a letter circulating among House Members regarding the FY 2016 appropriation for the DOE Office of Science, a similar letter has just been distributed by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and David McKinley (R-WV) in support of the National Science Foundation.

13 Mar 2015

A 14-minute exchange between National Science Foundation Director France Cordova, National Science Board Chairman Dan Arvizu, the Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and a subcommittee Ranking Member indicates that the lengthy impasse between key members of the committee and the foundation regarding its grant making policies and procedures apparently has been broken.

4 Mar 2015

The Administration’s FY 2016 request for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is based on recommendations from several reports from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in addition to the 2013 Federal STEM Education Five Year Strategic Plan.

6 Feb 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has requested $7,723.6 million, an increase of $379.3 million or 5.2 percent over the FY 2015 appropriation of $7,344.2 million.

3 Feb 2015

There was considerable discussion this year about the National Science Foundation’s grant practices.  There were three developments in December of note:

22 Dec 2014

Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle.  The House and Senate are scheduled to complete action on a $1.1trillion bill providing funding through September 30, 2015 for all departments and agencies with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security that will be funded through early 2015.

10 Dec 2014


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