FYI Archive

21 Apr 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has new congressional guidance for its weather research, forecasting, and observations programs, including authorizations for a new seasonal forecasting program, a greater focus on research-to-operations, and improved coordination across the U.S. weather enterprise.

20 Apr 2017

This week, the Department of Defense launched a comprehensive review of U.S. nuclear weapons policy. The review comes at a time when members of Congress have become increasingly concerned about the state of the nation’s nuclear weapons enterprise and have begun to debate whether the weapons labs should conduct R&D on new types of nuclear weapons.

12 Apr 2017

The National Academies has completed a major study on scientific misconduct and other practices deemed ‘detrimental’ to the integrity of research. Among its recommendations, the study report advocates stricter policies governing scientific authorship attribution, increased openness in scientific work, reporting negative findings, and establishing an independent, non-profit Research Integrity Advisory Board.

7 Apr 2017

At the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee’s first hearing of the year, committee members and weather community leaders highlighted the importance of integrated water forecasting and raised concerns about the impact of the administration’s NOAA and NASA budget proposals.

6 Apr 2017

Congress is currently advancing four bills that would support the commercialization of new nuclear reactor designs by enhancing R&D at the Department of Energy and instituting a new licensing framework at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

5 Apr 2017

The House has passed two bills to overhaul how the Environmental Protection Agency uses and reviews science. Proponents say the legislation would increase public trust and stakeholder participation in EPA’s decisions, but critics assert the bills would prevent the agency from using the best available science and academic expertise.

31 Mar 2017

At a House Science Committee hearing on climate science this week, participants debated the validity of the scientific consensus on the subject. Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) also used the event to further articulate the view that many scientists are not routinely following proper scientific method — an increasingly prevalent theme in the committee’s work.

31 Mar 2017

The American Physical Society, working with a group of scientific and university societies, has released a report with recommendations on how to better recruit undergraduate STEM majors to teach STEM subjects in high school.

29 Mar 2017

President Trump has asked Congress to impose an $18 billion cut in non-defense spending in its appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2017. According to a leaked document, the White House has suggested that about $3 billion be taken from R&D programs. Several key congressional appropriators have said it is too late in the fiscal year to consider such large cuts.

28 Mar 2017

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) has introduced a bill that would set standards for how federal agencies consider scientific findings when developing regulations. At a hearing he convened on the subject, he called for increased transparency and accessibility of scientific inputs to regulatory decisions.

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