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14 Mar 2014

The President’s FY 2015 Budget proposal for science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) education revises and develops the goals proposed in the Administration’s 2013 Federal STEM Education Five Year Strategic Plan.  In FY 2015, the Administration is not proposing the transfer of funding between federal agencies that was seen in the FY 2014 STEM education budget proposal.  The FY 2015 proposal restores some of the funding transferred in FY 2014 between federal agencies including N

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

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has requested $7.255 billion for FY 2015, an increase of $83.1 million or 1.2 percent.  The NSF budget supports core research activities within and across all science disciplines.  The NSF has released its FY 2015 budget request documents as well as a Strategic Plan for 2014-2018. 

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. 

15 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle is coming to a close.  On Monday evening the text of 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.  The omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, is expected to pass the House and Senate and sent to President Obama within the next few days.

22 Feb 2013

Echoing House action taken last year to eliminate funding for political science research and the climate change education program at the National Science Foundation, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said in a speech earlier this month that “Funds currently spent by the government on social science – including on politics of all things – would be better spent helping find cures to diseases.”

18 Nov 2013

The Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a November 13 hearing to discuss research activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Topics of discussion at the hearing included transparency in grant review, technology transfer, open access, and federal investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.  Members were interested to hear witnesses comment on a discussion draft of the Frontie

8 Nov 2013

Last week House Science, Space and Technology Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) circulated a Democratic discussion draft of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2013.  The draft bill reauthorizes the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 and includes sections on government wide science; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and diversity; the National Science Foundation (NSF); the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); innovation; and the Department of Energy (DOE).

21 Jun 2013

A joint hearing last month by two subcommittees of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee – the Subcommittee on Space and Subcommittee on Research – provided ample evidence of enthusiastic bipartisan support for NASA and NSF programs to discover new planets orbiting stars other than our Sun.

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