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25 Mar 1993

Between now and October 1, the Clinton Administration and Congress
will devote considerable attention to the passage of a new budget
for fiscal year 1994.  The following is a brief overview of this
process which ultimately determines the amount of money which NSF,
NASA, DOE, and other science-related agencies and departments have
for research grants and major undertakings:

 
25 Mar 1993

Tomorrow morning the fiscal year 1994 budget process begins for the
National Science Foundation at a hearing of the House VA, HUD,
Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.  This hearing
marks a departure from the traditional order of events for the
consideration of the agency's budget request.

 
19 Mar 1993

As NASA gears up for another attempt at redesigning Space Station
Freedom (see FYIs #30 and #31), some in Congress are wondering
whether the space agency has learned any lessons from a number of
costly mistakes in its past.  Louis Stokes (D-Ohio), the new
chairman of the House appropriations VA/HUD subcommittee, held a
March 17 hearing to examine unanticipated cost growth in a variety
of projects, including the space toilet, the advanced turbo pump
for the shuttle, and the Mars Observer, as well as the space

 
19 Mar 1993

On March 12, House science committee chairman George E. Brown
(D-CA) gave a provocative speech on science policy advice.  The
occasion was a meeting to discuss a new report of the Carnegie
Commission on Science, Technology, and Government, "Facing Toward
Governments: Nongovernmental Organizations and Scientific and
Technical Advice" (call the commission at 212-998-2150 for a copy
of the report.)  Selections from Brown's speech follow:

 
15 Mar 1993

On March 11, NASA announced that the White House has given
Administrator Daniel Goldin the go-ahead to implement changes in
the agency's management structure.  Goldin, a Bush Administration
appointee, had announced most of the changes in October 1992, but
the November election put his plans on hold until Clinton's team
could review them.

 
11 Mar 1993

In a speech yesterday to the American Astronautical Society, NASA
Administrator Daniel S. Goldin announced a large-scale redesign of
the space station.  A 30 to 45 member team, headed by Joe Shea, is
to have the redesign ready by June 1.

 
11 Mar 1993

Within the next few weeks, Congress will start consideration of
legislation important to the science community.  The following
recommendations for effective communications are from the AIP
brochure, "Communicating with Congress."  Please send a stamped,
self-addressed, business-sized envelope for a copy of the full
brochure to: AIP Office of Government & Institutional Relations;
1630 Connecticut Avenue, NW; Suite 750; Washington, D.C.  20009.

WRITING TO A MEMBER OF CONGRESS:

 
5 Mar 1993

In an eleven page letter to House science committee chairman George
Brown (D-California), Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O'Leary
responded to the recent GAO report on the Superconducting Super
Collider (see FYI #27.)  Her cover letter is reprinted in full
below (space does not permit the additional nine pages of
comments), as well as a one-paragraph press statement by Chairman
Brown.

SECRETARY O'LEARY'S FEBRUARY 24 LETTER:

"Dear Mr. Chairman:

 
5 Mar 1993

The General Accounting Office has released a report that opponents
of the Superconducting Super Collider will be citing for the rest
of the year.  In repeated criticisms about accounting practices,
schedule and cost overruns, and possible downsizing of the
detectors, the GAO paints what can only be described as a sobering
future for the project.  Although DOE takes strong issue with GAO
(see FYI #28), this new report will make the annual task of
securing an appropriation for the facility all the more difficult.

 
5 Mar 1993

"NSF's primary obligation is to maintain the excellence and health
of curiosity-driven research."  --NSB Chairman James Duderstadt

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