House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Citing the confidentiality of deliberative scientific discussions, NOAA is refusing repeated requests from the chairman of the House Science Committee for all internal staff communications related to a major climate science study published this summer that called into question the so-called global warming hiatus and suggested the pace of Earth’s warming is now as swift as ever.

10 Nov 2015

During a House Science Committee meeting to discuss a bill to require the NSF to certify all awards as being in the national interest, committee members expressed significant differences in opinion regarding the process and criteria the government should use in deciding what research it funds.

22 Oct 2015

A note to readers:  I will be retiring from the American Institute of Physics tomorrow.  Michael Henry will continue to write FYI.  I appreciate all of the support that AIP and FYI’s readers have provided during the last 26 years. – Richard Jones

A recurring theme of congressional hearings on NASA is the difficulty posed by constrained and uncertain budgets on the development of new programs.  This point was reiterated during an October 9 hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space.

15 Oct 2015

President Obama yesterday signed into law the STEM Education Act of 2015.

8 Oct 2015

“A most enjoyable hearing” was how House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) characterized a hearing titled “Astrobiology and the Search for Life Beyond Earth in the Next Decade.”  Smith was not alone, with another committee member saying that the testimony of the four witnesses had “really been wonderful.”

8 Oct 2015

Two subcommittees of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology jointly held a hearing on September 10 to examine vulnerabilities in and threats to the nation’s electric grid. While some of the threats discussed, such as cybersecurity attacks, electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks, and physical attacks, are manmade, much of the exchange between the members and witnesses focused on the natural threat of space weather caused by solar flares.

25 Sep 2015

In response to several bills that have been introduced this year to reduce funding for or otherwise restrict the growth of the Earth and related sciences, a group of science organizations are uniting behind a community response that highlights the broad societal benefits of the geosciences.

11 Sep 2015

Before Congress left for its summer recess, House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced a bill that, according to a committee statement, “holds NSF accountable for how taxpayer dollars are spent.”

26 Aug 2015

A one hour hearing last month by the House Subcommittee on Energy on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was low-key and noncontroversial.  In contrast to hearings on Yucca Mountain that are often highly contentious, this hearing on NRC and Department of Energy coordination on advancing new reactor technologies revealed few policy differences. 

20 Aug 2015

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