The majority members of the House Science Committee released an "Overview of the President's FY 1999 Budget" last week. The administration's R&D request is seen from a different perspective in this analysis, which is to be expected since it was written by the Republican majority on the committee. Some major conclusions from the twelve-page document follow (designated by quotation marks); the entire document - with many illustrations - can be viewed at http://www.house.gov/science/budgetreview_02-26.htm .

5 Mar 1998

Last week, Burton Richter, Director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and past president of The American Physical Society (1994), addressed a Senate Forum on "Research as an Investment." His remarks highlight the contributions that physics research have made to society, and the importance of federal support for science. His remarks, entitled "Long-Term Research and Its Impact on Society," follow:

2 Mar 1998

Congress came back from the President's Day recess this week, and started the heavy lifting of passing authorization legislation and the all-important appropriations bills. This is going to be a short legislative session, with adjournment scheduled for October 9.

28 Feb 1998

The FY 1999 budget request for Research and Development (R&D) within the Department of Defense is $7,181.3 million. This represents a decrease of $618.9 million, or 7.9 percent, from the current-year R&D appropriation of $7,800.2 million. Defense R&D includes three categories: Basic Research (also known as 6.1), Applied Research (6.2), and Advanced Technology Development (6.3), but does not include Testing or Evaluation. The request does not identify which R&D funding is physics-related.

12 Feb 1998

"This budget is about science, technology, and energy for our future." --Energy Secretary Federico Pena.

Presenting the Department of Energy's FY 1999 budget request, Secretary Federico Pena cited "advancing the frontiers of science and technology" as one of the four greatest challenges facing his department. "Science and technology underlie all of our work at the department," he said, "and we have a proud history of developing many of the innovations in science and technology that have kept U.S. industry on the cutting edge of intense international competition."

4 Feb 1998

A major component of the Clinton Administration's 21st Century Research Fund, announced during this week's State of the Union Address (see FYI #11) are significant increases in funding for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and National Cancer Institute. At a White House ceremony today, Vice President Al Gore described a five-year plan to increase cancer research funding by 65 percent over the next five years.

29 Jan 1998

Senators Seek Cosponsors for National Research Investment Act Thousands of bills are introduced in every session of Congress. Few make it to the next step: a congressional hearing. One of the best ways to build support for a bill is by getting other Members of Congress to cosponsor the legislation. Constituents can do this by writing to, or meeting with, their representative or senators. Another way to enlist cosponsors is for Members to send other Members a "Dear Colleague." Dear Colleague letters arrive at congressional offices in a constant stream, so often they are overlooked.

22 Jan 1998

AIP's Science Policy Information Services and Products

The American Institute of Physics' Office of Government and Institutional Relations offers a number of services designed to assist the physics community in understanding, and communicating with, Congress. Most are available without charge. Our science policy site on the AIP Home Page has been upgraded to provide quick and easy access to most of these products and services.


7 Jan 1998

JANUARY: J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), who represents the district containing Fermilab, becomes Speaker of the House. Rep. George Brown Jr. (D-CA) introduces legislation to repeal a little- publicized provision in a 1998 law requiring the disclosure of all data produced under a federal grant. President Bill Clinton discusses science and math education, medical research, technology, and global warming in his State of Union Address. Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) reintroduces his bill to double civilian R&D funding over twelve years.

30 Dec 1999

Frank Loy, Under Secretary for Global Affairs at the Department of State, was one of the invited speakers at a December 10 meeting of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). (See FYI #171for additional coverage of the PCAST meeting.)

23 Dec 1999


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