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FYI covers House and Senate activity related to the physical sciences, including their oversight of the federal science agencies as well as the development and consideration of legislation that sets policy for science and funds the science agencies.

 

13 Mar 2014

The House Subcommittee on Research and Technology met this morning to consider and then approve sending a bill to the full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee that would reauthorize the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and STEM education programs.

12 Mar 2014

Tomorrow the full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee meets to mark up a bill that would authorize the programs of the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The legislation will also authorize STEM education programs, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and related matters, and R&D programs for Networking and Information Technology.  A draft of this legislation attracted much attention last year because of proposed controversial changes in NSF’s grant-making process. 

11 Mar 2014

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) have sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden asking his agency to “develop a clear, well-planned technical implementation plan for the future of human spaceflight over the next few months.”  As part of this effort, NASA is to examine the feasibility of a Mars human flyby mission in 2021, a subject that was also discussed at a Science Committee hearing.

14 Feb 2014

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space held a February 4 hearing to discuss potential updates to the Commercial Space Launch Act.  Challenges faced by the commercial space industry include compliance with potentially outdated federal laws and regulations, federal export regimes, and international competition.  The hearing demonstrated bi-partisan interest in helping the development of the United States Commercial space sector. 

29 Jan 2014

The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a January 9 hearing to discuss engaging students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.  The subcommittee discussed research at the Smithsonian during a January 14 hearing.  The STEM education initiatives under discussion at the January 9 hearing were conducted by private organizations.  Members were interested to learn how the federal government could leverage the resources of private sector STEM education investments.  Improving STEM education activities beyond the scope of

24 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle has come to a close.  President Obama has signed into law an FY 2014 omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, that was passed last week by the House and Senate.

23 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle has come to a close.  President Obama has signed into law an FY 2014 omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, that was passed last week by the House and Senate.

17 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle is coming to a close.  On Monday evening an almost 1,600 page bill was released that was the product of intense negotiations between the House and Senate Appropriations Committees since a budget agreement was announced in December.  This omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, was passed by the House on Wednesday by a wide margin, by the Senate last night by a vote of 72-26, and has been sent to President Obama.

17 Jan 2014

The Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a December 12 hearing to assess efforts at the National Weather Service (NWS) to improve access, accuracy, and timing of weather forecasting and predictions.  The hearing demonstrated the bi-partisan interest in preventing economic losses and reducing the human toll caused by extreme weather events.  Coordination and cooperation efforts by the weather community were a focus of the discussions throughout the hearing as senators sought to build a “weather ready nation.”

17 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle is coming to a close.  On Monday evening an almost 1,600 page bill was released that was the product of intense negotiations between the House and Senate Appropriations Committees since a budget agreement was announced in December.  This omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, was passed by the House on Wednesday by a wide margin, by the Senate last night by a vote of 72-26, and has been sent to President Obama.

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