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17 Sep 1993

On September 9, the full Senate Appropriations Committee sent to
the floor its version of H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD, Independent
Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.  A floor vote is
expected either September 20 or 21.  The bill is accompanied by a
208-page report specifying the Senate Appropriations Committee's
recommendations; selected portions pertaining to NASA are
highlighted in this and subsequent FYIs.  FYI #121 will provide
more detail on space science, FYI #122 will cover EOS and language
on loss of the Mars Observer.

17 Sep 1993

Not since last year's discussion about the Commission on the Future
of the NSF has there been so much talk in Washington science policy
circles about the National Science Foundation.  This discussion
has, of course, revolved around the recommendations concerning the
future of NSF that are contained in Senate Report 103-137, written
by Senator Barbara Mikulski's (D-Maryland) VA, HUD, Independent
Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.  At week's end, here are
several observations -- some personal, some based on discussions

16 Sep 1993

In addition to the recommendations contained in the Senate
committee report (Senate Report 103-137) reported on in FYIs #116
and #117, the following selected recommendations and instructions
on Education and Human Resources were included:

"The Committee recommends $569,600,000 for the education and human
resources appropriation in fiscal year 1994.  This amount is
$82,100,000 above the 1993 level, $13,500,000 above the budget
request, and the same as the House allowance.

16 Sep 1993

In addition to the recommendations contained in Senate committee
report(Senate Report 103-137) on the future of the National Science
Foundation, the following selected recommendations and instructions
were included.  Education recommendations will be covered in FYI
#118.  For background on this report, see FYI #116.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:

14 Sep 1993

"Not less than 60 percent of the agency's annual program research
activities should be strategic in nature." -- Senate Report 103-137

An important component of the annual appropriations process is the
committee report accompanying a bill.  Last week, Senator Barbara
Mikulski's (D-Maryland) Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent
Agencies submitted a report outlining its recommendations for the
National Science Foundation.  If implemented, the recommendations
set forth in this report would have a very important bearing on the
future of the NSF.

10 Sep 1993

By a vote of 25-0 yesterday, the full Senate Appropriations
Committee sent to the floor its version of H.R. 2491, the VA, HUD,
Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 1994.
Although the all-important committee report containing funding
instructions and recommendations for NSF and NASA (and all the
other agencies under this bill's jurisdiction) will not be
available until next week, the following is known:

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION:

10 Sep 1993

"The Committee agrees that the value of the work performed is
consistent with the expenditures to date, all Level 1 milestones
have been met, and progress to date is satisfactory.  However, the
Committee believes that there are significant cost and schedule
risks in the project work remaining "to-go".
    -- Report of the DOE Review Committee

9 Sep 1993

As explained in FYI #112, our coverage is expanding to include
science policy activities of AIP's ten Member Societies.  Below are
descriptions of two APS activities -- one an event planned for next
Monday, the second a letter sent last month.

SSC ASSEMBLY:

3 Sep 1993

Note: In order to increase the level of awareness in the physics
community about the public policy activities of the ten Member
Societies of the American Institute of Physics, FYI will expand its
coverage to include societies' resolutions and other actions.

3 Sep 1993

Federal funding of scientific research is currently a hot topic in
Washington for those with an interest in science policy.  Both
Congress and the White House, as well as numerous private
organizations, are examining how and why the federal government
supports research, and how the nation benefits by those efforts.
Numerous reports have studied the issue, one of the most notable
being the "Report of the Task Force on the Health of Research" of
the House science committee (for more information on this report,
see FYI #129, 1992.)

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