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11 Jun 1993

In a decision that could set the stage for a collision between the
Clinton Administration and congressional backers of the space
station, it was reported today that an influential panel recommends
that NASA turn away from the Space Station Freedom design.

11 Jun 1993

By the time this FYI is read, the three redesign options for the
space station will be in the hands of President Clinton.  After
several intense months of redesign work at Clinton's request, on
Monday, June 7, NASA presented the final details of the three
options and their estimated costs to Clinton's "Blue Ribbon Panel,"
or, more formally, the Advisory Committee on the Redesign of the
Space Station.  It was the job of the committee, headed by MIT
President Charles Vest, to evaluate the options and pass their

10 Jun 1993

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the bill
containing fiscal year 1994 NASA funding during the week of June
21.  The full committee will be voting on a May 27 version of the
VA, HUD, Independent Agencies bill drafted by the VA/HUD
appropriations subcommittee (see FYI #71.)  The Space Science
Working Group provided the following details about this bill:

4 Jun 1993

In response to a March 5 request from Sen. John Warner
(R-Virginia), the General Accounting Office (GAO) has produced yet
another report on the Superconducting Super Collider.  Entitled
"Super Collider - National Security Benefits, Similar Projects, and
Cost," the 20-page document responds to Warner's queries about the
SSC's total cost, its uniqueness, and any potential benefits to
national security.  Since the project began, the GAO has issued
numerous reports warning of increasing costs.  The current report,

2 Jun 1993

The first solid indication about the general outlines of the fiscal
year 1994 National Science Foundation and NASA budgets was provided
on May 27 by the House VA, HUD, Independent Agencies Appropriations
Subcommittee.  The subcommittee marked-up (or drafted) its version
of the fiscal year 1994 spending bill.  This $68.31 billion
legislation will be considered by the full House Appropriations
Committee after the Congress returns next week; action by the
entire House should occur shortly thereafter.

The following is known about this bill:

28 May 1993

The new Secretary of Energy, Hazel O'Leary, has definite plans to
change the way DOE's contracting system operates.  She presented
her ideas at a May 26 hearing of the House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.  In his opening
statement, chairman John Dingell (D-Michigan) declared that "DOE
has consistently ranked among the worst" federal agencies for
fraud, waste, and mismanagement by its contractors.  (See FYI #24,
2/25/93, for mention of a previous Dingell hearing on this

27 May 1993

It is difficult to tell if over six hours of exhausting testimony
yesterday before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
did much to change any minds about the superconducting super
collider.  Billed as a hearing to examine the merits, economic
potential, and funding requirements for the collider, the
impressive turnout by Members at the beginning of the hearing
dwindled to only three or four by its conclusion. 

20 May 1993

At a jam-packed press conference this morning, House science
committee chairman George Brown (D-California) announced that "the
Freedom-derived Station is the only design I intend to support."
Although not a surprise because of his past support for the space
station, Brown's statement is significant.  One, he is clearly not
backing away from the station.  Two, Brown is signaling to the
administration his strong preferences about the design outcome he
wants.  Brown said that while he would not actively oppose a

19 May 1993

"There does not currently exist a statutory description of the
major research and development missions of the DOE laboratories.
At a time when the missions of the DOE labs are in a state of
considerable flux, we believe that Congress must come forth with
appropriate guidance."  -- Rep. George Brown

17 May 1993

As Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Jack
Gibbons is the Clinton Administration's point man for science and
technology issues.  In several recent appearances, Gibbons
discussed aspects of the White House's Technology Initiative.  As
keynote speaker at an April 15-16 science and technology colloquium
sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS), Gibbons presented an overview of President
Clinton's plans for science and technology and their role in


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