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3 Feb 2015

The Obama Administration sent its FY 2016 budget request to Congress yesterday for the new fiscal year that starts on October 1.  At briefings held throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area senior agency officials reviewed key components of the S&T request.  One of those sessions was an afternoon briefing featuring Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren and three senior administration officials.

 
30 Jan 2015

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a full committee hearing to examine teacher and principal evaluation, assessment and retention issues. The committee is currently considering input for a draft bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently referred to as ‘No Child Left Behind.”

 
30 Jan 2015

A subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing to review the DOE Office of Science program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR).

 
28 Jan 2015

The Senate voted on an amendment stating “it is the sense of Congress that— (1) climate change is real; and (2) human activity significantly contributes to climate change.” Fifty senators voted in favor the amendment, including five Republican senators.

 
23 Jan 2015

“There is established an Arctic Executive Steering Committee . . . which shall provide guidance to executive departments and agencies . . . and enhance coordination of Federal Arctic policies across agencies and offices, and, where applicable, with State, local, and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private and nonprofit sectors” declares an Executive Order issued by President Obama.

 
22 Jan 2015

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced his intention to mark up and pass a bill through his committee to reauthorize the federal government’s primary elementary and secondary education law.

 
21 Jan 2015

As he has in his previous State of the Union addresses, President Obama discussed the importance of R&D and climate change.

 
16 Jan 2015

The House of Representatives passed three bipartisan bills addressing radiation, tsunami warning and windstorm impact reduction. These non-controversial bills were considered and passed by the House of Representatives in the previous Congress. They were reintroduced in this Congress and passed with little debate.

 
15 Jan 2015

A review of selected developments covered in FYI in 2014.

 
9 Jan 2015

Quotations from policy makers and others about various issues.

 
22 Dec 2014

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

 
18 Dec 2014

FYI’s review of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle is complete.  See Latest Congressional Budget Action - FY 2015 for appropriations outcomes for federal science agency and department programs providing significant support for physical sciences and STEM education.

Congress and the Obama Administration crafted the FY 2015 budgets under very tight constraints.  Total discretionary spending rose just 0.2 percent over last year.

 
17 Dec 2014

Congress has completed the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with House and Senate approval of a $1.1 trillion 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. 

 
16 Dec 2014

Congress has completed the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with House and Senate approval of a $1.1 trillion 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. 

 
16 Dec 2014

Congress has completed the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with House and Senate approval of a $1.1 trillion 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. 

 
15 Dec 2014

Congress has completed the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with House and Senate approval of a $1.1 trillion 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. 

 
12 Dec 2014

Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with yesterday’s House approval of a $1.1 trillion 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.  Senate action is expected within a day. 

 
12 Dec 2014

Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle with yesterday’s House approval of a $1.1 trillion 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.  Senate action is expected within a day. 

 
11 Dec 2014

Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle.  The House and Senate are scheduled to consider a $1.1 trillion 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.

 
11 Dec 2014

Congress is nearing completion of the FY 2015 appropriations cycle.  The House and Senate are scheduled to consider 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

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

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.

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