FYI Archive

2 Aug 2018

The House Science Committee held a two-day hearing last week to investigate the recent delays that will cause NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to breach its statutory cap on development costs. The hearing explored ways of increasing contractor accountability and the implications JWST’s troubles will have for NASA’s other science missions.

1 Aug 2018

President Trump’s choice of meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has received widespread acclaim. Droegemeier has longstanding ties to the National Science Foundation and has contributed extensively to science policy at the national and state levels.

27 Jul 2018

The National Academies released a report this week that backs the case for constructing a U.S.-based electron ion collider, a large-scale facility designed to enable new investigations in fundamental nuclear physics.

26 Jul 2018

In their fiscal year 2019 spending bills, House and Senate appropriators seek to build on the spending windfall the National Institutes of Health received in fiscal year 2018, proposing to increase funding for the $37 billion biomedical research agency by 3 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Both bills would also maintain last year’s prohibition on changes to research overhead reimbursement rates and policies.

25 Jul 2018

A new National Academies report envisions a future research enterprise designed around open science while acknowledging significant challenges in transitioning to such a system.

20 Jul 2018

The new management team for Los Alamos National Laboratory represents a mix of continuity and change for the storied national security lab, which has been plagued by a series of safety mishaps in recent years.

19 Jul 2018

The House and Senate have both advanced proposals to increase funding for R&D activities in the Department of Defense, placing a strong emphasis on technology development and prototyping. The Senate is proposing an especially large increase, including a half-billion-dollar or 19 percent increase for basic research.

17 Jul 2018

In their fiscal year 2019 spending bills, House and Senate appropriators again reject the Trump administration’s proposed deep cuts across federal programs that support STEM education, instead seeking at least steady funding for most.

16 Jul 2018

At a recent hearing, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin drew parallels with the Cold War to suggest that China’s technological ambitions and adversarial behavior toward the U.S. warrant considering clamping down on the number of Chinese graduate students admitted into the country, among other actions.

12 Jul 2018

While the full implications of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s July 6 resignation remain uncertain, Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has indicated he plans to take a less confrontational approach than his predecessor, emphasizing he will consult EPA career employees and scientists before making major decisions. 

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