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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.

27 Jan 2011

Members  of Congress gave President Obama a standing ovation when he declared during his  State of the Union that “We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the  winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the  science fair.” The President highlighted  the importance of innovation and education as keys to America’s future  competitiveness.  He also provided a strong  indication about his likely request for S&T and education in his FY 2012  budget request, cautioning Congress against “cutting the deficit by gutting our  investments in innovation

12 Jan 2011

John  Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and the Director  of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, has issued a “Memorandum for  the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies” on scientific integrity.  The four-page memorandum was issued on  December 17, 2010, drawing the quick attention of the new chairman of a  subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee who said “I  look forward to evaluating these guidelines in the upcoming Congress.”

11 Jan 2011

Less  than a month ago, the bill to reauthorize the expired America COMPETES Act  appeared to be going nowhere.  Last week,  President Obama signed H.R. 5116 into law.

14 Dec 2012

A  prominent critic of the Obama Administration’s Mars exploration program offered  praise following NASA’s announcement that it will send a new robotic rover to  the planet in 2020.  Rep. Adam Schiff  (D-CA), who had denounced this year’s decision not to participate in the 2018-2020  European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars missions, issued a release applauding the  new mission.

15 Nov 2012

“I  am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human  behavior and carbon emissions.  And as a  consequence, I think we've got an obligation to future generations to do  something about it.” – President Obama

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.

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