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

20 Apr 2018

By the narrowest margin in the history of the space agency, the Senate confirmed Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) as NASA administrator yesterday on a party-line vote of 50 to 49. The other chamber of Congress also made NASA news this week, with the House Science Committee advancing a NASA reauthorization bill after a contentious debate over funding recommendations for its Earth Science Division.

19 Apr 2018

At a hearing on the fiscal year 2019 Department of Energy budget, Senate appropriators questioned the rationale behind the administration’s proposed spending cuts to energy R&D programs and made clear they will reject them again this year.

17 Apr 2018

Funding for the U.S. Geological Survey is increasing by 6 percent to $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2018. Most of the increase is designated for facilities and natural hazards monitoring programs, while other major program areas, including climate research, receive about level funding.

13 Apr 2018

At an April 11 hearing, House Science Committee leaders expressed deep concern about the scope of foreign espionage campaigns targeted at U.S. academic institutions and sought advice on how to implement countermeasures while maintaining an open research enterprise.

12 Apr 2018

The final spending legislation for fiscal year 2018 provides at least steady funding to most STEM education programs across the federal government, rejecting the deep cuts the Trump administration proposed.

12 Apr 2018

Funding for the National Institutes of Health is expanding by $3 billion or 9 percent in fiscal year 2018, with all institutes receiving increases over last year’s levels. Congress has also firmly rejected the administration’s proposal to cap indirect costs paid to research institutions to reimburse them for facilities and administrative overhead.

10 Apr 2018

Final fiscal year 2018 appropriations are providing major across-the-board funding increases for the Department of Energy’s applied energy R&D programs, which the Trump administration has targeted for large-scale cuts.

6 Apr 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration budget is increasing by 4 percent to $5.9 billion in fiscal year 2018, with much of the increase dedicated to weather research and observations.

6 Apr 2018

The final spending legislation for fiscal year 2018 raises the National Nuclear Security Administration’s budget by 13 percent to $14.7 billion, with most major R&D programs benefiting from the increase.

5 Apr 2018

Funding for Department of Defense Science and Technology programs is increasing by 6 percent under fiscal year 2018 appropriations. DOD will also receive vastly expanded funding for prototyping and other programs designed to transition new capabilities into use.

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