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

9 Feb 2017

At a House Science Committee hearing, Republican and Democratic committee members squared off on the question of whether regulatory activity at EPA currently meets high standards of scientific quality or requires reform. Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) also used the hearing to air a new allegation of scientific misconduct at NOAA.

8 Feb 2017

Two recurring recommendations are for the president to appoint a science advisor and to provide robust funding to federal science agencies and STEM education programs.

3 Feb 2017

At a meeting of the American Physical Society, two physicist-congressmen and a former top federal science official discussed challenges the science community may face in the coming years and sketched out ways to respond.

3 Feb 2017

The chairman’s plans include reforming the use of science in EPA rulemaking, prioritizing basic research at the Department of Energy, promoting STEM education, overseeing cybersecurity investigations, and adjusting NASA’s mission portfolio.

2 Feb 2017

Last week, a flurry of reports out of science-related federal agencies indicated that they had restricted external communications, among other changes.  Although these changes now appear not to have represented any immediate long-term shift in policy on scientific communications, scientific organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to scientific freedom and integrity.

1 Feb 2017

In a letter to President Donald Trump, the organizations warn that his executive order temporarily barring citizens of seven nations from entering the U.S. will negatively impact the nation’s science and engineering capacity.

27 Jan 2017

The House energy research and innovation bill would provide the first-ever comprehensive policy guidance to the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

27 Jan 2017

The Senate is expected to confirm Rick Perry as secretary of energy following a relatively uncontentious hearing on Jan. 19, at which the former Texas governor vowed to be a champion for all Department of Energy activities. However, Perry’s support has been partially overshadowed by a report that the Trump administration plans to target DOE for deep budget cuts and program eliminations.

25 Jan 2017

Multiple “exit memos” issued in the waning days of the Obama administration recommend that the incoming administration build upon various science and technology policy initiatives launched over the last eight years.

24 Jan 2017

Among presidents, Barack Obama took an unusually strong interest in science and technology, and his administration pursued a wide array of S&T-related initiatives. However, early hopes for major expansions in R&D funding remained largely unfulfilled.

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