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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.

21 May 2015

The full House Appropriations Committee met yesterday and approved by voice vote the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  Under this bill, NSF funding would increase $50.0 million or 0.7 percent in the new fiscal year.

19 May 2015

Tomorrow morning the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015.  Yesterday evening the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy on the bill, warning “If the President were presented with H.R. 1806, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.” 

15 May 2015

It took about one hour yesterday for the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee to approve its FY 2016 bill providing funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation.  The 100-page bill was passed by voice vote without any amendments being offered.

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.