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FYI covers House and Senate activity related to the physical sciences, including their oversight of the federal science agencies as well as the development and consideration of legislation that sets policy for science and funds the science agencies.


10 May 2013

Letters to House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman and Ranking Member convey a message of deep concern about the impacts of the proposed legislation and the committee’s inquiry on NSF’s merit review system.

9 May 2013

Three former Directors of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and three former Chairmen of the National Science Board (NSB) have written to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee asking them to “forego any further action on the process envisioned in this draft legislation and the request contained in the April 25 letter to the Foundation.”

2 May 2013

The Science, Space, and Technology Committee has traditionally been known as one of the most bipartisan committees in the House.  While there have been disagreements about budgets and policy – such as the 2010 reauthorization of the America COMPETES legislation – the committee has generally been able to separate itself from the atmosphere found in most committee rooms and on the House floor.  Recent developments indicate a change in this approach.

30 Apr 2013

The House Science Committee’s Research Subcommittee held an April 17 hearing to review the Administration’s FY 2014 Budget Request for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

25 Apr 2013

A day after the Obama Administration sent its FY 2014 budget to Congress, the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing on the Commerce Department request.

13 Mar 2013

"We want to maximize access to data while protecting personal privacy, avoid any negative impact on intellectual property rights and innovation, and preserve data without ridiculous cost or administrative burdens,” explained House Research Subcommittee Chairman Larry Bucshon (R-IN) at a March 5 hearing on “scientific integrity and transparency.”  This hearing by a subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee came less than two weeks after a memorandumwas issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy “t

8 Mar 2013

The House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Space held a hearing on February 27 to review HR 823, the Space Leadership Preservation Act.  The hearing highlighted the “over-riding concerns about a lack of stability in the vision and purpose of NASA’s human spaceflight program over many decades,” according to a hearing charter prepared by Science Committee Republican staff.   Witnesses were given the opportunity to outline components of HR 823 and to provide recommendations for challenges faced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) based on a December 2012 rep

8 Mar 2013

The House Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Environment held a February 14 hearing on “the State of the Environment: Evaluating Progress and Priorities” during which Members assessed broad environmental trends and indicators, explored what progress is still needed to protect human health and the environment, and considered how to achieve those advances.  A hearing charter prepared by Science Committee Republican staff contends that “a systematic process for evaluating the state of the environment, environmental priorities at EPA, or conducting comprehensive retro