FYI Archive

 
14 May 1993

Kevin F. Kelly, Clerk of the Senate VA, HUD Independent Agencies
Appropriations Subcommittee, addressed last month's AAAS Colloquium
on Science and Technology Policy.  Kelly is the top assistant to
Chairman Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland).  Prefacing his remarks that
the views expressed were his own, his speech offered some insights
on a subcommittee whose activities are largely conducted in
private.  Some of his comments follow:

 
13 May 1993

By the end of the week, the House Appropriations Committee should
have completed one of the most difficult parts of the FY 1994
budget process.  If all goes as planned, the chairmen of the House
VA, HUD, Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and the
Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee will know
how much money they have to divide among programs under their
jurisdictions.  It is this money that eventually finds its way into
NSF grants, NASA space science data analysis and DOE science

 
7 May 1993

On May 6, the House science subcommittee on space examined the
fiscal year 1994 budget request for NASA's Office of Mission to
Planet Earth.  This office, of which the Earth Observing System
(EOS) is the cornerstone, was split off from the Office of Space
Science and Applications during an internal NASA reorganization in
March. 

 
7 May 1993

"I am deadly serious," warned Senator J. Bennett Johnston
(D-Louisiana) about his intention to halt the DOE fusion program if
the White House does not indicate its full support of the
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).  Johnston,
chairman of the appropriations subcommittee handling the Department
of Energy's budget, and chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy
and Natural Resources authorizing DOE's programs, is in a position
to make good his intention.

 
30 Apr 1993

"I need your help to defend basic research," Will Happer testified
to the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations
Subcommittee this week.  Happer, Director of the Office of Energy
Research, (OER) appeared before the subcommittee on April 26.  This
subcommittee is instrumental in setting DOE's budget for fiscal
year 1994.

 
30 Apr 1993

On April 29, Wesley Huntress, NASA associate administrator for the
Office of Space Science, and Harry Holloway, associate
administrator for the new Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences
and Applications, testified before the House space subcommittee on
NASA's fiscal year 1994 budget request for space science.

 
29 Apr 1993

One of the most important events in this year's consideration of
the NASA FY 1994 budget request occurred this week with the
appearance of NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin and his senior
staff before the House VA, HUD, Independent Agencies Appropriations
Subcommittee.  This subcommittee, in conjunction with its Senate
counterpart, largely determines the funding for the space agency.

 
23 Apr 1993

Two of the major goals of the Clinton Administration are improving
the economy and creating new jobs.  One of the White House's main
strategies for achieving these goals is investment in new
technologies.  In February, President Clinton released a technology
policy document, entitled "Technology for America's Economic
Growth" (see FYI #23), which states that "Technology is the engine
of economic growth.  In the United States, technological advance
has been responsible for as much as two-thirds of productivity

 
23 Apr 1993

At a meeting last week of the Space Science Working Group, Dr.
Lennard Fisk, Chief Scientist for NASA, Jack Fellows, of the Office
of Management and Budget, and Dr. George Withbroe, Director of
NASA's Space Physics Division, discussed the FY 1994 NASA budget
request and its implications on space science.

 
21 Apr 1993

The fiscal year 1994 NASA budget request is $15,265.0 million, an
increase of 6.5% over the current fiscal year (see FYI #55.)  A
major component of the NASA budget is Research & Development, under
which are the following programs of interest to the physics and
astronomy community:

OFFICE OF SPACE SCIENCE:

PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY funding would decrease from the 1993 Current
Estimate (1993/CE) or budget of $1,103.9 million to $1,074.7
million.  Under this category are the following selected programs:

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