At noon today the first session of the 103rd Congress convened.
This will be a dynamic year in Washington, with significant changes
on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. Much of what occurs during
these next twelve months will have profound implications for the
physics and astronomy community.
The AIP Office of Government and Institutional Relations in
Washington provides a broad range of science policy information
services. The following is a brief summary of these services,
which are provided without charge. Please call us whenever we can
be of assistance!
FYI: These one or two page summaries of science policy developments
are issued weekly. If you are not directly receiving FYI by
electronic mail, and would like to do so, please contact
NEWFYI [at] AIP.ORG There is no charge for FYI, and we welcome new
In answer to many inquiries, FYI is not copyrighted. We encourage
its use in other electronic and printed formats. We would
appreciate it if you would let us know that FYI material is being
redistributed, as it assists us in tracking its utilization.
FYI is also found under the "News from Washington" menu item of
AIP's Physics Information Network, PINET, as well as other
electronic services. Call us for further information.
"Communicating With Congress" - The Brochure: A new four-page
brochure with guidelines on writing to, or visiting with, Members
of Congress is now being printed. Single copies of this brochure
are provided without charge. Larger numbers of the brochure are
available for a minimal fee to cover printing charges. To obtain
a copy, send a self-addressed, business-sized stamped envelope to:
AIP Office of Government and Institutional Relations; 1630
Connecticut Avenue, NW; Suite 750; Washington, D.C. 20009.
"Communicating With Congress" - The Workshop Kit: Also available
is a kit designed to be used in workshops and other group
presentations. Topics covered include the basic legislative
process, key Members of Congress, and communications guidelines.
Call for further information.
This spring our office will produce a summary covering the federal
budget for physics in the AAAS report, "Research and Development,
FY 1994." Please contact this office for information on the
We are also available to respond to legislative inquiries. Our
office has access to an electronic legislative data service, and
files are maintained on a wide variety of science policy issues.
Call us if you need information on:
Members of Congress: Voting records, addresses and telephone
numbers, names of science policy legislative assistants and
appointment secretaries, information on district offices, and
Science Policy Committees: New committee rosters, names of key
staff members, areas of jurisdiction, addresses and telephone
Scheduling Information: This office tracks hearing schedules, and
can provide you with the congressional calendar. Call us before
planning an event at which you plan to invite a Member of Congress
to check the calendar.
Congressional Documents, Reports, Bills: A library is maintained
of major science policy documents. Contact our office if you need
a copy of a section of one of these documents, or need ordering
Bill Status: Information can be provided on a bill, its
cosponsors, and the latest action taken by Congress.
Hearing Testimony: Extensive files are maintained of available
written testimony from hearings which we have attended.
General Information: If you need assistance in determining the
difference between an authorization bill and an appropriations
bill, the name of President Clinton's new science adviser, the way
that Senator Barbara Mikulski spells her name, what the names of
your new (or old) Members of Congress are, or a map of Capitol
Hill, please call us.