"I believe we are now entering a new Golden Age for research and education in the next century." -- National Science Board Chairman Eamon Kelly

23 Dec 1998

While science and technology funding received significant support from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue in 1998, there is concern about the outlook for next year. Twenty-four senators have written to President Clinton urging that, in his budget submission for FY 2000, he request a six or seven percent increase in federal R&D funding.

22 Dec 1998

Earlier this week the Office of Science and Technology Policy released a report by the newly-named Science and Technology Policy Institute (formerly the Critical Technologies Institute) on critical technologies. The 155-page report, "New Forces at Work: Industry Views Critical Technologies," provides thoughtful analysis of the responses of 39 senior corporate executives to the question, "What technologies are critical to your firm/industry?"

18 Dec 1998

Washington is still pondering the implications of House Speaker Newt Gingrich's decision to resign from Congress. Gingrich has a strong interest in federal science policy and spending. The following selections are from FYI since his party assumed control of the House four years ago:


10 Nov 1998

President Clinton will soon be making major decisions about the FY 2000 R&D budget. In separate letters, eight Republican and Democratic senators, and 33 scientific and technical organizations, asked Clinton to submit a budget request with significant increases for R&D.

4 Nov 1998

Senate passage of a bill is a long and tedious process, usually taking many years. Most bills are never given a hearing, and far fewer are ever passed. Earlier this month, the Senate passed S. 2217, calling for a doubling of the authorization for federal civilian R&D spending over twelve years. Laying the groundwork for this bill were S. 124 and S. 1305.

21 Oct 1998

In the push leading up to this week's adjournment, the Senate, earlier this month, passed S. 2217, the Federal Research Investment Act. This action puts the Senate on record in support of a doubling of the authorization for the civilian federal research budget by 2010.

21 Oct 1998

With the beginning of fiscal year 1999 now only a day away, Congress has agreed on funding amounts for DOE's civilian R&D programs in the FY 1999 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill (H.R. 4060, Conference Report 105-749.) The full House approved the final bill on September 28; the Senate on September 29. It now goes to President Clinton for signing. Of the programs tracked by FYI, most will probably receive at least what they requested, if not more.

30 Sep 1998

There were two major developments this week concerning the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. One was positive while the other was negative.

First, the good news. On September 22, new Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson signed, according to DOE, "a unilateral agreement extending United States' support for international fusion collaboration" through ITER. Said DOE, "With this signature, the United States has agreed to continue participation in the ongoing process established by the Agreement for a period of one year from July 22, 1998."

25 Sep 1998

It is less than four weeks to the start of FY 1999, and not one of the thirteen appropriations bills funding the operations of the federal government has been sent to the President. As Congress starts on the home stretch to the start of the new fiscal year, and the November elections, the relaxed atmosphere which has enveloped the Capitol this year will change. These are the bills that must be passed.

4 Sep 1998


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