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

5 Apr 1993

The major budget document for the National Science Foundation
became available today, providing additional details about the
agency's request to Congress.  Funding levels for various
components of the NSF budget of interest to the physics, astronomy,
and science education communities are reported in FYI #38.  Further
information on these components will be given in seven future FYIs.

2 Apr 1993

Important hearings by the House and Senate VA, HUD, Independent
Agencies Appropriations Subcommittees have concluded with an
uncertain outlook for the administration's 8.2% requested increase
for the National Science Foundation's fiscal year 1994 budget.

31 Mar 1993

The administration has requested an 8.2% increase in the National
Science Foundation budget for fiscal year 1994.  This $240 million
increase brings NSF's total budget request for the year starting on
October 1, 1993 to $3.18 billion. 

31 Mar 1993

When Jack Gibbons, the President's Science Advisor and Director of
the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), appeared before
the House appropriations VA/HUD subcommittee on March 29 to discuss
OSTP's fiscal 1994 budget request, he found himself inundated with
questions on the White House's plans for Space Station Freedom. 

26 Mar 1993

"Trends in the Structure of Federal Science Support" is a report
released last December by a working group of the Federal
Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering and Technology
(FCCSET).  The report, which runs over 100 pages, provides an
in-depth examination of the federal government's support for
science during the decade of the 1980's.  It is free, but available
only in limited supply.  Readers interested in obtaining a copy
should call the FCCSET office at 202-395-5101 for information on

25 Mar 1993

Between now and October 1, the Clinton Administration and Congress
will devote considerable attention to the passage of a new budget
for fiscal year 1994.  The following is a brief overview of this
process which ultimately determines the amount of money which NSF,
NASA, DOE, and other science-related agencies and departments have
for research grants and major undertakings:

25 Mar 1993

Tomorrow morning the fiscal year 1994 budget process begins for the
National Science Foundation at a hearing of the House VA, HUD,
Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.  This hearing
marks a departure from the traditional order of events for the
consideration of the agency's budget request.

19 Mar 1993

As NASA gears up for another attempt at redesigning Space Station
Freedom (see FYIs #30 and #31), some in Congress are wondering
whether the space agency has learned any lessons from a number of
costly mistakes in its past.  Louis Stokes (D-Ohio), the new
chairman of the House appropriations VA/HUD subcommittee, held a
March 17 hearing to examine unanticipated cost growth in a variety
of projects, including the space toilet, the advanced turbo pump
for the shuttle, and the Mars Observer, as well as the space

19 Mar 1993

On March 12, House science committee chairman George E. Brown
(D-CA) gave a provocative speech on science policy advice.  The
occasion was a meeting to discuss a new report of the Carnegie
Commission on Science, Technology, and Government, "Facing Toward
Governments: Nongovernmental Organizations and Scientific and
Technical Advice" (call the commission at 212-998-2150 for a copy
of the report.)  Selections from Brown's speech follow:

15 Mar 1993

On March 11, NASA announced that the White House has given
Administrator Daniel Goldin the go-ahead to implement changes in
the agency's management structure.  Goldin, a Bush Administration
appointee, had announced most of the changes in October 1992, but
the November election put his plans on hold until Clinton's team
could review them.


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