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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.

29 Sep 2015

With the approaching meeting in Paris of the Conference of Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the U.S. and China announced on Friday substantial bilateral progress in their nations’ growing cooperation to address global climate change.

4 Sep 2015

“We know that human activity is changing the climate.  That is beyond dispute.  Everything else is politics if people are denying the facts of climate change.   We can have a legitimate debate about how we are going to address this problem; we cannot deny the science.  We also know the devastating consequences if the current trend lines continue.  That is not deniable.” – President Barack Obama

24 Jul 2015

On July 14, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met to discuss three topics, among them an update from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its leading commercial space industry partners on the progress being made in new frontiers in human space exploration.  Other topics on the meeting agenda included a review of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program and a discussion on technology and aging.

13 Jul 2015

When the Obama Administration sends its FY 2017 budget to Congress next February, the program requests of agencies such as the National Science Foundation, NASA, DOE Office of Science, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will reflect a White House memorandum issued last week.

2 Jun 2015

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) held a meeting on May 15 at the National Academy of Sciences to examine three major topics: the first-ever Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), the Administration’s new Precision Medicine Initiative, and Reimagining Capitalism: Business and Big Problems.  This FYI will report on the part of the mee

1 May 2015

The Obama Administration expressed its opposition to the FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill and the NASA Authorization Act of 2016 and 2017 in three statements released this week. 

FY 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill:

24 Apr 2015

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the Executive Office of the President has issued two statements this week expressing concern about FY 2016 House Republican spending plans.  Among his concerns are funding reductions that could result in “thousands fewer scientific and medical research awards and grants” when compared to President Obama’s budget request.

3 Feb 2015

The Obama Administration sent its FY 2016 budget request to Congress yesterday for the new fiscal year that starts on October 1.  At briefings held throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area senior agency officials reviewed key components of the S&T request.  One of those sessions was an afternoon briefing featuring Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren and three senior administration officials.