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FYI covers the administration’s budget requests, executive orders, and other physical science-related statements. FYI also covers many of the activities of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and National Science and Technology Council.

16 Aug 2012

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology  submitted a Report  to the President on Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced  Manufacturing.  The report was  prepared by the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee  chaired by Susan Hockfield, President of the Massachusetts Institute of  Technology, and Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical  Company.  It builds on a previous report,

13 Jun 2012

During  recent House debate on the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, an  amendment was offered to increase funding for the Advanced Research Projects  Agency – Energy by shifting $133.4 million from the Department of Energy’s FY  2013 budget for fossil fuel R&D.   This amendment, offered by Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) was rejected by the  House by a vote of 131-257.

4 Jun 2012

Late  last week the House of Representatives started its consideration of the FY 2013  Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.  It is expected that the final vote on passage  will occur later this week.

13 Jun 2014

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have completed their work on the FY 2015 Commerce Justice, Science Appropriations Bills.  Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) will bring her bill to the floor next week.  The House passed its version of the bill on May 30. 

8 Feb 2012

“The belief that we  belong on the cutting edge of innovation – that’s an idea as old as America  itself.” – President Barack Obama

“We know that  innovation has helped each generation pass down that basic American promise,  which is no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you can make it  if you try.  So there’s nothing more  important than keeping that promise alive for the next generation.” –  President Obama

25 Jan 2012

In  last night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke of the  importance of science and technology and the role that the federal government  plays in the support of research.  It is  notable that previous State of the Union addresses by President Obama and President  George W. Bush commented on the need for strong federal funding for research  programs.  The following are selections  from their addresses:

President  Obama in 2012:

9 Jan 2012

Rep.  Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Rep. David Price (D-NC) have sent a Dear Colleague to  other Members of the House asking them to sign a letter to Speaker of the House  John Boehner (R-OH) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) regarding  H.R. 3433, the Grant Reform and New Transparency Act of 2011.  The letter asks that “troubling provisions be  addressed before the House acts on this bill.”

16 May 2014

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) held a May 9 meeting during which they discussed advanced manufacturing partnerships, systems engineering as it relates to healthcare and the implications of Chinese advancements in science, technology, and innovation. 

9 May 2014

A report outlining opportunities for investment and cooperation in applied optics and photonics research was prepared by the Fast-Track Action Committee on Optics and Photonics (FTAC-OP) and presented to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Physical Sciences Subcommittee of the Committee on Science, National Science and Technology Council.  The report, “Building a Brighter Future with Optics and Photonics” is aimed at highlighting research and capability opportunities and describes a need for