FYI Bulletin is a news service covering science policy developments in Washington, DC, with a focus on the physical sciences.

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.

27 Mar 2017

At the second of two hearings this month on the National Science Foundation, the House Science Committee looked primarily at the health of cross-directorate funding and at the public availability of data and other research inputs. The hearing also addressed the question of reproducibility in research, which is emerging as a major theme in the committee’s work.

23 Mar 2017

At a Senate hearing, appropriations subcommittee members stressed the importance of sustaining federal investment in STEM education programs during a time of uncertainty for education funding.

22 Mar 2017

Last week, experts in advanced materials testified before a House subcommittee on the potential of their work and the challenges they face. Warning of declining U.S. leadership in their field, they urged increased federal support for R&D as well as policy changes to speed technology commercialization.

21 Mar 2017

The House Science Committee’s Republican members will seek increased support for basic physical sciences research in the fiscal year 2018 budget cycle, and they are renewing efforts to influence the allocation of research funding at several agencies.

20 Mar 2017

Following the release of President Trump’s budget blueprint, scientific and university community leaders have spoken out in a chorus of opposition and dismay. Congressional leaders are exhibiting a more varied range of reactions.

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