FYI Bulletin is a news service covering science policy developments in Washington, DC, with a focus on the physical sciences.

20 Jul 2017

As the House advances a budget that cuts non-defense spending while boosting defense spending over the next decade, a group of coalitions representing scientific organizations and universities is urging Congress to lift both defense and non-defense budget caps that are constraining federal spending on science.

18 Jul 2017

At last week’s meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, participants discussed the Department of Energy Office of Science’s work in advanced computing. They also discussed research priorities identified at two recent workshops and a new charge to commemorate the past 40 years of work in DOE’s Basic Energy Sciences program.

14 Jul 2017

The Trump administration has made and is considering several immigration policy changes that could have broad implications for the U.S. scientific research enterprise.

13 Jul 2017

A new report from a high-level advisory group to the European Commission calls for doubling funding of the successor to Horizon 2020, the seven-year, €77 billion ($88 billion) European Union research program that will end in 2020.

13 Jul 2017

A new Government Accountability Office report compares Defense Department innovation management to practices in private industry and asserts that DOD should manage “disruptive” projects differently from “incremental” ones.

12 Jul 2017

At a House Science Committee hearing, Republican members asked representatives from private industry how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration can better leverage new environmental data sources and technologies, while Democratic members warned about proposed funding cuts to environmental monitoring programs at NOAA and EPA.

3 Jul 2017

At a hearing last week, both Republican and Democratic members of the House Science Committee praised federally supported work in materials research. They also offered contrasting views on how the federal government should structure its support for R&D and technology commercialization.

30 Jun 2017

The House’s draft Commerce, Justice, and Science spending bill resembles last year’s version, rejecting or softening many of the cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2018.

30 Jun 2017

Last week, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources discussed draft legislation to facilitate the production of helium on federal lands. As helium is vital to several sectors including academic research, members expressed concerns about the impending closure of the Federal Helium Reserve.

29 Jun 2017

At a hearing on the National Institutes of Health budget request, senators firmly rejected President Trump’s proposal to slash biomedical research funding and pressed NIH Director Francis Collins on the proposed 10 percent cap on facilities and administration cost reimbursements.

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