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

17 Aug 2018

The latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act contains numerous provisions that aim to enhance innovation in defense technologies and combat foreign efforts to exploit U.S. R&D. It postpones a proposal to reform the relationship between the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Energy.

16 Aug 2018

This summer, top European Union officials have forcefully argued that the EU’s scientific enterprise must embrace aggressive open access policies for publications and data in order to better serve the public. They have made clear that facilitating a transition toward open science will be a major thrust of the EU’s next flagship R&D framework program.

10 Aug 2018

President Trump has signed legislation that updates the Department of Education’s $1.2 billion Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. The new law expands support for integrating STEM education into CTE efforts and complements recent White House initiatives focused on workforce development.

9 Aug 2018

The midterm review of the National Academies planetary science decadal survey finds NASA has made strong progress in implementing the survey’s recommendations, including flagship missions to Mars and Europa. However, it warns Congress’ push for missions relevant to the search for extraterrestrial life beyond missions already recommended risks undermining the survey process.

7 Aug 2018

The White House’s latest annual R&D priorities memorandum again instructs federal agencies to prioritize “basic and early-stage applied research.” It also includes new sections on advanced computing, manufacturing, space exploration, agriculture, and technology commercialization.

3 Aug 2018

At a July hearing, the House Science Committee discussed promising applications of machine learning techniques to scientific research and the Department of Energy’s role in supporting advanced computing infrastructure.

2 Aug 2018

The House Science Committee held a two-day hearing last week to investigate the recent delays that will cause NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to breach its statutory cap on development costs. The hearing explored ways of increasing contractor accountability and the implications JWST’s troubles will have for NASA’s other science missions.

1 Aug 2018

President Trump’s choice of meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has received widespread acclaim. Droegemeier has longstanding ties to the National Science Foundation and has contributed extensively to science policy at the national and state levels.

27 Jul 2018

The National Academies released a report this week that backs the case for constructing a U.S.-based electron ion collider, a large-scale facility designed to enable new investigations in fundamental nuclear physics.

26 Jul 2018

In their fiscal year 2019 spending bills, House and Senate appropriators seek to build on the spending windfall the National Institutes of Health received in fiscal year 2018, proposing to increase funding for the $37 billion biomedical research agency by 3 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Both bills would also maintain last year’s prohibition on changes to research overhead reimbursement rates and policies.

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