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National Science Foundation

FYI covers NSF’s major research and facilities programs, with a special focus on the Math and Physical Sciences Directorate. FYI also covers the foundation’s general policy, strategy, and administration, as well as activities of the National Science Board.

13 May 2015

The House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee meets tomorrow to consider its FY 2016 funding bill.  The subcommittee issued a three-page release this morning providing summary information on the 100-page draft bill. 

12 May 2015

This is an important month for the National Science Foundation on Capitol Hill.  On Thursday, House appropriators will mark up their FY 2016 bill providing funding for the National Science Foundation.  The full House may consider the America COMPETES bill, authorizing NSF and its programs for FY 2016 and FY 2017.

27 Apr 2015

Last week’s approval by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee of a reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act was fully expected.  Expected too – with only minor exception – were the straight party line recorded votes on unsuccessful amendments to the bill and its final passage sending it to the House floor.

6 Apr 2015

Among the major agenda items that Congress will consider when it returns to Washington next week are the FY 2016 appropriations bills.  House and Senate appropriators have held many hearings on the Obama Administration’s request, with more hearings planned in coming weeks.

20 Mar 2015

Appropriators in the House and Senate are moving quickly in their review of the Obama Administration’s FY 2016 budget request.  Simultaneous hearings are being held on many department and agency requests as the appropriators look toward the drafting of their funding legislation.   They have a difficult job this year in finding money for the budget increases because overall funding is being kept essentially flat.

19 Mar 2015

“The reputation of the NSF is the greatest in the world,” House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) said Tuesday during a hearing on the foundation’s FY 2016 budget request.  Culberson’s passion for science was clearly evident at this and other hearings, and as the point person for the writing of the funding bill for NSF, his statements during this hearing were very encouraging.

13 Mar 2015

In addition to a letter circulating among House Members regarding the FY 2016 appropriation for the DOE Office of Science, a similar letter has just been distributed by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and David McKinley (R-WV) in support of the National Science Foundation.

4 Mar 2015

A 14-minute exchange between National Science Foundation Director France Cordova, National Science Board Chairman Dan Arvizu, the Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and a subcommittee Ranking Member indicates that the lengthy impasse between key members of the committee and the foundation regarding its grant making policies and procedures apparently has been broken.

6 Feb 2015

The Administration’s FY 2016 request for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is based on recommendations from several reports from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology in addition to the 2013 Federal STEM Education Five Year Strategic Plan.