The FYI Bulletin is a news service covering federal science policy developments.

14 Sep 1993

"Not less than 60 percent of the agency's annual program research
activities should be strategic in nature." -- Senate Report 103-137

An important component of the annual appropriations process is the
committee report accompanying a bill.  Last week, Senator Barbara
Mikulski's (D-Maryland) Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent
Agencies submitted a report outlining its recommendations for the
National Science Foundation.  If implemented, the recommendations
set forth in this report would have a very important bearing on the
future of the NSF.

10 Sep 1993

By a vote of 25-0 yesterday, the full Senate Appropriations
Committee sent to the floor its version of H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD,
Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.
Although the all-important committee report containing funding
instructions and recommendations for NSF and NASA (and all the
other agencies under this bill's jurisdiction) will not be
available until next week, the following is known:


10 Sep 1993

"The Committee agrees that the value of the work performed is
consistent with the expenditures to date, all Level 1 milestones
have been met, and progress to date is satisfactory.  However, the
Committee believes that there are significant cost and schedule
risks in the project work remaining "to-go".
    -- Report of the DOE Review Committee

9 Sep 1993

As explained in FYI #112, our coverage is expanding to include
science policy activities of AIP's ten Member Societies.  Below are
descriptions of two APS activities -- one an event planned for next
Monday, the second a letter sent last month.


3 Sep 1993

Note: In order to increase the level of awareness in the physics
community about the public policy activities of the ten Member
Societies of the American Institute of Physics, FYI will expand its
coverage to include societies' resolutions and other actions.

3 Sep 1993

Federal funding of scientific research is currently a hot topic in
Washington for those with an interest in science policy.  Both
Congress and the White House, as well as numerous private
organizations, are examining how and why the federal government
supports research, and how the nation benefits by those efforts.
Numerous reports have studied the issue, one of the most notable
being the "Report of the Task Force on the Health of Research" of
the House science committee (for more information on this report,
see FYI #129, 1992.)

27 Aug 1993

Opponents of the Superconducting Super Collider are continuing to
move against the SSC on a number of fronts while Congress is in
recess.  The month of September is shaping up as a critical time
for the future of the collider.

25 Aug 1993

While the ups and downs of the Superconducting Super Collider make
headlines, the Department of Energy carries on with other projects,
including attempts to deal with the legacy of the Cold War and the
challenges of the more environmentally-conscious 1990s.  Two new
General Accounting Office (GAO) reports examine DOE's efforts in
these areas.  One discusses the difficulties DOE confronts in
cleaning up old facilities; the second looks at the problems with
efforts to prepare a permanent repository for spent nuclear fuel.

19 Aug 1993

"The efforts of the Administration, Congressional authorizing
committees, and the academic communities to set research priorities
for the nation will run aground on the shoals of earmarking."
    -- Report by the Chairman of the House Science Committee

17 Aug 1993

"Since World War II, U.S. science policy has been guided by
Vannevar Bush's vision that, if funded and left to set their own
agenda, scientists would amply reward the nation for its
investment.  Mansfield has shown that, on average, academic
scientists have indeed kept their part of the bargain.  The return
from academic research, despite measurement problems, is
sufficiently high to justify overall federal investments in this
    -- CBO Staff Memorandum


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