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5 Mar 1993

The General Accounting Office has released a report that opponents
of the Superconducting Super Collider will be citing for the rest
of the year.  In repeated criticisms about accounting practices,
schedule and cost overruns, and possible downsizing of the
detectors, the GAO paints what can only be described as a sobering
future for the project.  Although DOE takes strong issue with GAO
(see FYI #28), this new report will make the annual task of
securing an appropriation for the facility all the more difficult.

 
5 Mar 1993

"NSF's primary obligation is to maintain the excellence and health
of curiosity-driven research."  --NSB Chairman James Duderstadt

 
26 Feb 1993

Earlier this week National Science Foundation Director Walter
Massey appeared before the House VA, HUD, Independent Agencies
Appropriations Subcommittee requesting an additional $207 million
for current year operations.  This request is a component of a
$16.3 billion supplemental bill pending before Congress to create
500,000 new jobs.  This legislation is part of a much larger,
multi-year economic package submitted to Congress by President
Clinton.  Tuesday's hearing was the first chaired by the new
subcommittee chairman, Louis Stokes (D-Ohio.)

 
25 Feb 1993

President Clinton has kicked off his plan for the US economy with
a $16.3 billion package of supplemental spending for fiscal year
1993, and the House Appropriations Committee has begun hearings on
Clinton's program.  Secretary of Energy Hazel O'Leary appeared at
a standing-room-only hearing of the House Energy and Water
Development Appropriations Subcommittee on February 24, to testify
on DOE initiatives in the plan.

 
25 Feb 1993

On February 22, the Clinton Administration released a report,
"Technology for America's Economic Growth, A New Direction to Build
Economic Strength."  Among the highlights of this 36-page report
summarizing the administration's approach to science and technology
are:

 
24 Feb 1993

A new report by the General Accounting Office, "Foreign
Contributions to the SSC," cautions that "DOE may have difficulty
obtaining the foreign contributions needed to meet its $1.7 billion
goal for the SSC."  This 15-page study, done at the request of a
House science subcommittee, also found "the procedures DOE and the
SSC Laboratory followed when entering into agreements with foreign
laboratories and the criteria DOE used for considering cost savings
under international agreements as foreign contributions were
appropriate." 

 
24 Feb 1993

I have been on somewhat of a crusade against unauthorized,
location-specific appropriations to academic institutions which
bypass congressional debate and legitimate processes of peer review
or merit review.
    --George Brown

 
19 Feb 1993

Some of the details of President Clinton's budget request for
fiscal year 1994 are becoming known.  A full budget request is due
on March 23.  The following information is based on department or
agency briefings and press accounts:

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION:

 
16 Feb 1993

SPACE STATION: FULL FUNDING OR "THE 60 PERCENT SOLUTION"?:  Last
Friday, press reports indicated that NASA Administrator Daniel S.
Goldin and White House officials had reached agreement on a budget
request of $1.35 billion for Space Station Freedom for fiscal year
1994.  New reports tell just the opposite story, indicating that
Vice President Al Gore has told lawmakers the Clinton
Administration will seek $2.25 billion for the project.

 
10 Feb 1993

The National Science Foundation has released a 84-page report
entitled "National Patterns of R&D Resources: 1992" providing
important data on selected R&D trends.  A product of the Division
of Science Resources Studies, this document is the latest in a
series of NSF reports monitoring science and technology spending.

Highlights of the report's major findings (some of which are
approximations/estimations/expectations) follow.  All are adjusted
for inflation:

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