Reports, reviews, and assessments

31 Jan 1996

Consistent with a cut of one-third in funding from last year,
Congress instructed the Department of Energy to restructure its
Fusion Energy program, assuming "a constant level of effort in the
base program for the next several years."  The FY 1995 fusion
energy budget was $357.2 million; the program received $244.1
million for FY 1996.  DOE asked its Fusion Energy Advisory
Committee (FEAC) to make recommendations "in light of congressional
guidance and budget realities."  FEAC presented its conclusions to

23 Jan 1996

"Clearly, this is a time of great challenge for science and
technology in America.  But, I believe we can seize this time as
one of opportunity to work together in ways we have never done
before, to raise our voices, together, to send out a clear and
coherent message.  This is not the time to plead for biology vs.
chemistry or astronomy vs. engineering, or even basic vs. applied
research or technology.  It's a time to speak out about the
importance of the Federal investment in science and technology, in

23 Jan 1996

"My message to you today is that if you don't take it as one of
your professional responsibilities to inform your fellow citizens
about the importance of the science and technology enterprise, then
that public support, critical to sustaining it, isn't going to be
there.  Who knows more about science, its complex relationship with
technology, the linkage between research and education, the often
unexpected benefits to society, than you?  Who has greater
credibility in discussing science...than you?  Who understands

4 Jan 1996

JANUARY:  Republicans assume leadership roles in the new Congress.
House Science Committee gets off to a fast start.  First hearings
held on abolishment of Department of Energy.

FEBRUARY:  Galvin Task Force issues report on alternative futures
for DOE national laboratories recommending management changes and
privatization of labs.  Clinton Administration submits budget
request.  House science subcommittee hearing on fusion signals
considerable uncertainty about program. 

2 Jan 1996

The American Institute of Physics' Office of Government and
Institutional Relations provides a number of services to assist the
physics community in following budget and policy developments in
Washington.  These services are offered without charge by the
American Institute of Physics.

We are interested in your comments and recommendations.  Please
write to fyi [at] or call us at 301-209-3095 or 3094.


16 Dec 1997

On February 2, President Clinton sends his FY 1999 budget request to Congress. At the Office of Management and Budget, officials are confronting some tough numbers. Under the balanced budget agreement, total discretionary spending can increase by only 1%, or about $5 billion, over this year. As expected, there are many recommendations on what the nation's priorities should be in FY 1999.

21 Aug 1997

AIP's Division of Education and Employment Statistics tracks and reports on trends of importance to the physics community. Within the past half-year it has released a number of reports summarizing data gathered on physics degrees, jobs and salaries. Highlights from those reports are quoted below:

11 Apr 1997

BROWN BILL ENCOURAGES INVESTMENT: On April 8, House Science Committee Ranking Minority Member George Brown (D-CA) introduced a concurrent resolution, H.Con.Res. 58, designed to stimulate important investments while balancing the budget by 2002. Brown's budget would encourage funding for R&D, capital infrastructure, and education and job training, areas crucial to future productivity.

7 Feb 1997

Declining federal research budgets over the last four years may be having "a disproportionate impact...on fields of research other than health, such as the physical sciences, engineering, and the social sciences." This is one finding highlighted in a January 16 report by the National Academy of Sciences: "The Federal Science and Technology Budget, FY 1997." The 15-page document analyzes trends in federal spending for science and technology, in inflation-adjusted dollars, both for the past year and for the period from fiscal year 1994 to fiscal year 1997.

17 Jan 1997


Below is a tentative calendar of when the Senate and House of Representatives will not be in session during 1997. Often the best time to visit with your Senator or Representative is during a congressional recess, when your Member of Congress will be in his or her state/district office. This assures that you will not be competing for your Member's attention with hearings or floor votes. For further advice, please request our "Communicating with Congress" brochure or see our website at:


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