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FYI covers the administration’s budget requests, executive orders, and other physical science-related statements. FYI also covers many of the activities of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and National Science and Technology Council.

28 Sep 2012

Continued  operations of the federal government are assured with the signature of  President Barack Obama on a bill passed by bipartisan majorities in Congress  that largely maintains current funding levels through March 27, 2013.   The President signed the bill today; the new  fiscal year starts on Monday, October 1.

7 Sep 2012

On July 18, the Obama Administration announced the  President’s plan for the creation of a national Science, Technology,  Engineering, and Math (STEM) Master Teacher Corps. 

16 Aug 2012

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology  submitted a Report  to the President on Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced  Manufacturing.  The report was  prepared by the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee  chaired by Susan Hockfield, President of the Massachusetts Institute of  Technology, and Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical  Company.  It builds on a previous report,

13 Jun 2012

During  recent House debate on the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, an  amendment was offered to increase funding for the Advanced Research Projects  Agency – Energy by shifting $133.4 million from the Department of Energy’s FY  2013 budget for fossil fuel R&D.   This amendment, offered by Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) was rejected by the  House by a vote of 131-257.

4 Jun 2012

Late  last week the House of Representatives started its consideration of the FY 2013  Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  It is expected that the final vote on passage  will occur later this week.

13 Jun 2014

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed their work on the FY 2015 Commerce Justice, Science Appropriations Bills.  Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) will bring her bill to the floor next week.  The House passed its version of the bill on May 30. 

8 Feb 2012

“The belief that we  belong on the cutting edge of innovation – that’s an idea as old as America  itself.” – President Barack Obama

“We know that  innovation has helped each generation pass down that basic American promise,  which is no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you can make it  if you try.  So there’s nothing more  important than keeping that promise alive for the next generation.” –  President Obama

25 Jan 2012

In  last night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke of the  importance of science and technology and the role that the federal government  plays in the support of research.  It is  notable that previous State of the Union addresses by President Obama and President  George W. Bush commented on the need for strong federal funding for research  programs.  The following are selections  from their addresses:

President  Obama in 2012:

9 Jan 2012

Rep.  Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Rep. David Price (D-NC) have sent a Dear Colleague to  other Members of the House asking them to sign a letter to Speaker of the House  John Boehner (R-OH) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) regarding  H.R. 3433, the Grant Reform and New Transparency Act of 2011.  The letter asks that “troubling provisions be  addressed before the House acts on this bill.”