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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:

 
10 Feb 1993

The House Science Subcommittee on Space began the 103rd Congress
with several hearings reviewing U.S. space policy.  The hearings,
held on February 2 and 4, with a third scheduled for February 17,
consider a series of reports released by the National Space Council
under former Vice President Quayle.  The hearing room was full with
new members of the subcommittee, many from districts deeply
affected by the aerospace industry.

 
5 Feb 1993

All indications point to quickening support for the passage of
legislation expanding the federal government's role in technology
policy and economic competitiveness.  A bill has been introduced in
the Senate that is attracting considerable notice, and earlier this
week, two House science subcommittees began hearings on the
subject.

 
5 Feb 1993

An informal briefing this week by the House Science, Space, and
Technology Committee staff provided a good overview of high
priority energy research and other science issues.   The committee
will revisit some issues as well as consider new matters of
interest to the physics community this year.

 
29 Jan 1993

The 103 Congress is now underway.  As future FYIs report on and
analyze congressional actions throughout the year, the following
list of congressional terminology might be of use to readers:

 
29 Jan 1993

JOHN H. GIBBONS CONFIRMED BY SENATE:  By voice vote yesterday
afternoon, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gibbons to be Director of the
Office of Science and Technology Policy.  He will also be President
Clinton's science and technology adviser.  One of Gibbons' first
duties will be staffing his office, and it is unknown how Clinton's
goal of reducing White House staff will affect the OSTP structure.
(For further information on the Gibbons' nomination, see FYIs #5,
12.)

 
27 Jan 1993

WALTER MASSEY RESIGNS:

Word is spreading in Washington today that Dr. Walter Massey,
Director of the National Science Foundation, has resigned.  NSF has
no further information about this development at this time.

 
25 Jan 1993

On December 15, Rep. George Brown (D-California), chairman of the
House Science Committee, sent a letter to DOE Secretary Admiral
James Watkins, requesting detailed information on the status of the
Superconducting Super Collider.  Watkins responded in a letter
dated January 14, just 7 days before he was replaced as Energy
Secretary by Hazel O'Leary.  The 27-page letter, while mostly
restating Bush Administration positions, serves as a good summation
of the project's current status and will probably be used in

 
22 Jan 1993

The U.S. Senate approved yesterday the nomination of Hazel R.
O'Leary as the new Secretary of Energy.  This vote came just two
days after O'Leary appeared before the Senate Energy and Natural
Resources Committee.

O'Leary, 55, has been executive vice president for corporate
affairs at the Minnesota-based Northern States Power Company.
During the Carter Administration she worked in a senior position at
the Federal Energy Administration.

 
22 Jan 1993

Members have been named to the subcommittees of the House
Appropriations Committee for the 103rd Congress.  Of major interest
to scientists and science educators is the Subcommittee on
Veterans' Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent
Agencies, which has jurisdiction over funding for the National
Science Foundation and NASA.  On the other side of Capitol Hill,
the Senate has determined the membership of its major committees,
but it has not yet announced final subcommittee assignments. 

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