DOE and NIST Considering Long-Term Research Reactor Plans
The Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have recently turned their attention to the long-term future of their research reactor user facilities. Meanwhile, unplanned shutdowns at both facilities have put a temporary strain on the U.S. ’ already heavily subscribed capacity for neutron-beam research. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - March 19, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

Panel Warns US Faces STEM Workforce Supply Challenges
Research community leaders warned the House Science Committee last week that the U.S. could face an acute shortage or oversupply of STEM workers if it does not carefully manage investments in R&D, remain welcoming to international talent, and better develop its domestic workforce. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - March 14, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

Lawmakers Consider Ways to Supercharge Energy R & D
Energy R&D has emerged as a focal point for bipartisan collaboration in the new Congress. At recent hearings, lawmakers heard testimony in favor of large spending increases spread across a variety of technologies. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - March 12, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

Final FY19 Appropriations: STEM Education
Congress rejected proposed cuts to STEM education programs for fiscal year 2019, instead providing steady funding to most programs and a few targeted increases. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - March 8, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: jbehrens Source Type: news

Final FY19 Appropriations: US Geological Survey
The U.S. Geological Survey budget is receiving a marginal increase in fiscal year 2019, remaining just under $1.2 billion. Congress rejected the administration ’s deep proposed cuts across agency programs, while supporting its new critical minerals mapping initiative. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - March 6, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: aschwarber Source Type: news

Final FY19 Appropriations: NASA
With the enactment of fiscal year 2019 appropriations, the budget for NASA ’s Science Mission Directorate is rising 11 percent to $6.9 billion. Missions to Jupiter’s moon Europa and a new lunar research initiative are among the beneficiaries of the increase. The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope is funded at a lower level than the mission’s plans anticipated. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - February 28, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

Final FY19 Appropriations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ’s budget will decrease 8 percent to $5.4 billion in fiscal year 2019 due to planned ramp downs in satellite and aircraft acquisition programs, while research programs will receive steady or increased funding. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - February 27, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: jbehrens Source Type: news

House Hearings Open New Chapter in Congressional Climate Change Debate
By the end of this week, the House will have held a dozen hearings focused on climate change. The House Science Committee ’s first hearing on the subject under its new Democratic leadership showcased a different dynamic from ones in recent Congresses, with little dissension over climate science and both parties calling for investment in clean energy technology. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - February 25, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: jbehrens Source Type: news

Final FY19 Appropriations: National Institute of Standards and Technology
The budget for research programs at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology will remain flat in fiscal year 2019, while funding for research facility construction will drop sharply following last year ’s one-time funding boost for building renovations. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - February 21, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: aschwarber Source Type: news

Droegemeier Outlines Agenda in First Speech as OSTP Director
In his first public speech as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Kelvin Droegemeier indicated his top priorities include improving coordination across the U.S. R&D enterprise, addressing harassment in science, relieving administrative burdens, and protecting research from misappropriation. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - February 20, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

Final FY19 Appropriations: National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation ’s budget will increase 4 percent to $8.1 billion under the final spending legislation for fiscal year 2019. The measure provides funding for the agency’s proposed “Big Ideas” and facility construction projects, while also explicitly maintaining support for “core” research and existing i nfrastructure. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - February 19, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

Spending Deal Averts Shutdown, Funds Science Agencies Through September
Final appropriations legislation enacted today provides steady or increased funding to research programs at science agencies that have been operating on stopgap spending from the outset of fiscal year 2019. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - February 15, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

Congress Reshuffles Chairs of Science Panels
The House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over science agencies have now finished filling out their leadership positions. These “authorization” committees conduct oversight of federal R&D programs and are gatekeepers for science policy legislation. Funding is handled through separate appropriations committees, which have alsofinished organizing for the current Congress. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - February 14, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: jbehrens Source Type: news

House Science Committee Debuts New Leadership
The House Science Committee has commenced business under its new Democratic majority, which has granted all five of its subcommittee leadership positions to new committee members. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - February 12, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

US Government Escalates Opposition to Chinese Talent Recruitment Programs
Several federal agencies are working to curb foreign nations, particularly China, from using talent recruitment programs and other methods to capitalize on the fruits of U.S.-financed R&D. In the latest major development, the Department of Energy announced last week that it will restrict its employees and future grantees from participating in recruitment programs operated by “sensitive” countries. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - February 8, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

Science Policy Legislation of the 115th Congress
Over the past two years, Congress passed legislation updating and endorsing a wide range of federal R&D activities, including marquee bills focused on quantum information science, energy research, weather forecasting, and hazard preparedness. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - February 6, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

Congress and DOE Look to Spur New Nuclear Reactor Designs
Efforts by Congress and the Department of Energy to spur the development and commercialization of advanced nuclear reactors have gained steam in recent months, though some moves have received criticism. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - February 1, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: aschwarber Source Type: news

Science Agencies Grappling with Shutdown Aftermath
As science agencies reboot after the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, it is becoming clear that it will take them months to recover. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - January 31, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

Science Spending Committees Now in Place
The Democratic takeover of the House has brought new leadership to the appropriations subcommittees that write spending legislation for federal science programs, while the top members of the counterpart panels in the Senate are unchanged from the previous Congress. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - January 25, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: jbehrens Source Type: news

Missile Defense Review Sets Sights on Advanced Technologies
The Trump administration ’s new Missile Defense Review argues there is a pressing need to develop and test a variety of advanced anti-missile technologies to respond to an increasing range of international threats. Administration officials indicate they plan to press ahead with a network of space-based sensors for detecti ng enemy missiles as well as explore more unproven systems such as space-based interceptors. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - January 24, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

Research Stakeholders Urge Caution in Creating Export Controls for ‘Emerging Technologies’
(Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - January 22, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: aschwarber Source Type: news

GAO Details Defense Labs ’ Use of Special Administrative Authorities
A new Government Accountability Office report examines the extent to which defense laboratories have leveraged special administrative authorities designed to enhance their ability to innovate and it details impediments the labs have encountered. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - January 16, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

Science Policy in 2019: 10 Stories to Watch
FYI presents its second annual list of 10 science policy stories to watch in the year ahead. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - January 10, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

Natural Hazards Legislation Poised to Retain Momentum in New Congress
Recently enacted legislation provides new congressional backing for the nation ’s earthquake monitoring and drought information systems. Though Congress did not pass other bills supporting volcano and landslide monitoring before it adjourned, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has indicated she remains committed to working on them and h as identified climate change as a hazard that also warrants action. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - January 9, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: aschwarber Source Type: news

Senate Confirms OSTP Director, Several Other Science Nominations Expire
Just before the end of the 115th Congress, the Senate confirmed Kelvin Droegemeier as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Nominees to lead the DOE Office of Science, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, ARPA-E, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were not considered. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - January 4, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: jbehrens Source Type: news

National Quantum Initiative Signed into Law
The enactment of the National Quantum Initiative Act on Dec. 21 creates a  multiagency program spanning the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy. As part of the initiative, NSF and DOE will each establish between two and five competitively awarded research centers. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - January 4, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

Shutdown Stalemate Continues as New Congress Convenes
At the top of the agenda for the new Congress is to negotiate an end to the current partial government shutdown, which has largely shuttered several federal science agencies. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - January 3, 2019 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

NIST Proposes Overhaul of Federal Technology Transfer Policies
As part of its “Return on Investment” initiative, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a draft blueprint for revamping policies that govern the commercialization of technologies produced through federally funded R&D projects. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - December 19, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: jbehrens Source Type: news

DOE Fusion Program Developing Long-Range Strategic Plan
The Department of Energy has launched a two-year effort to establish a consensus strategy for its fusion research program, using recent long-range planning exercises in high energy physics and nuclear science as a model. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - December 13, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

Panel Urges Preparations for Future Quantum Computers
A new National Academies report reviews challenges to building a practical quantum computer and states it is difficult to project when, if ever, such a device will be realized. However, it urges actions be taken  now to pave the way for future advances and prepare for their consequences. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - December 12, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

White House Releases STEM Education Strategy
The Trump administration ’s newly released five-year strategic plan for federal STEM education programs calls for an expansion of work-based learning opportunities, increased engagement of underrepresented groups in STEM fields, and improved STEM literacy across the entire U.S. population, with a focus on computational a nd mathematical skills. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - December 11, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: jbehrens Source Type: news

Astro2020 Decadal Survey Shifts into Gear
The National Academies has issued a statement of task and selected the leaders for the next decadal survey in astronomy and astrophysics. Meanwhile, proponents of large projects are preparing their submissions for  the survey. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - December 7, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

Trump Administration Takes Aim at National Climate Assessment
The Trump administration has released the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which details current and potential climate change impacts on the U.S. While the report considers a range of scenarios, the administration has asserted it relies on an “extreme” scenario based on overly pessimistic assumptions. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - December 6, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

Interagency Report Charts Ten-Year Vision for Ocean Science and Technology
The National Science and Technology Council published a report this month outlining goals for ocean science and technology through 2028. It identifies modernizing research infrastructure and improving coupled ocean-coastal-hydrology models as high priorities. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - November 29, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: jbehrens Source Type: news

Science, Exploration, and National Security Jostle Within US Space Strategy
NASA ’s renewed efforts to build a sustained human presence on and around the Moon have spurred plans to integrate lunar research with exploration and commercial activity. Meanwhile, international rivalries have prompted the Defense Department to reform its space activities, while that same competition puts pressure on NASA to pursue a more direct path to the lunar surface. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - November 28, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

US Creating New Export Controls for ‘Emerging Technologies’
The Commerce Department has begun a process to establish new export controls for“emerging technologies,” as required by this year ’s National Defense Authorization Act. Quantum information technology is one of 14 technology categories of interest to the department. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - November 19, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

2018 Midterm Election Results: Outlook for Science Policy
The 2018 midterm election ’s immediate effects on federal science policy will manifest primarily through changes in the composition of congressional committees, with the Democratic takeover of the House bringing new leadership to science policy and spending panels. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - November 8, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

Trump Appoints New National Science Board Members
President Trump has made five new appointments to the National Science Board, the governing board of the National Science Foundation. He has also renewed the terms of Geraldine Richmond and former Board Chair Maria Zuber. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - November 6, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

NSF Scaling Up STEM Diversity Efforts with INCLUDES Network
To address the persistent underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM fields, the National Science Foundation has issued a set of major awards through its INCLUDES initiative to scale up promising strategies with a national network of projects. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - November 2, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: awolfe Source Type: news

Plasma Science Decadal Survey Heats Up
A National Academies study committee has begun a decadal survey of progress and opportunities in plasma science that will complement a separate forthcoming assessment of U.S. research programs in magnetic confinement fusion. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - October 31, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

DOE Accelerates Long-Awaited User Facility Upgrades
With recent funding increases, the Department of Energy is advancing a suite of upgrades to its light and neutron source scientific user facilities, helping them remain competitive with European facilities. Meanwhile, there are new discussions about building a new reactor-based neutron source, even as Congress pushes ahead with  a different reactor for nuclear energy R&D. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - October 26, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

NSF Mid-Scale Infrastructure Strategy Taking Shape
The National Science Foundation announced on Oct. 15 that it plans to issue new agency-wide funding opportunities for research infrastructure projects in the range of $6 million to $70 million. The next day, the National Science Board released a report that documents how such mid-scale projects are“underrepresented”in NSF ’s portfolio and endorses an agency-wide approach to funding them. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - October 24, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: awolfe Source Type: news

NIST Outlines Quantum Consortium and Sensor Initiatives
This week, top officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology sketched out the agency ’s three-pronged strategy for advancing quantum information science. Marquee elements include forming a Quantum Economic Development Consortium and commercializing quantum sensors developed through the “NIST on a Chip” program. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - October 19, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

Science Strategies Chart Course for Detecting Life on Other Worlds
In the past two months, the National Academies has released science strategies for astrobiology and the study of exoplanets. The documents recommend steps to maintain the current rapid rate of progress in those fields and to enable the detection of life elsewhere in the universe. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - October 17, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

As IPCC Issues New Warning, Trump Administration Remains Ambivalent on Climate Science
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change outlines the difficult path to limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The Trump administration has neither rejected nor embraced the report, consistent with its generally ambivalent posture toward climate science. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - October 12, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

EU Open Access Advocate Visits DC as White House Reviews Publication Policy
European funders are forcing the issue on open-access publishing, while the Trump administration reviews U.S. policies on disseminating federally sponsored research. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - October 11, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: awolfe Source Type: news

Interior Department ‘Open Science’ Directive Echoes EPA Effort
The Interior Department has joined the Environmental Protection Agency in advancing policies to require its regulatory decisions be based on scientific studies for which the underlying data is  publicly available. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - October 10, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: mambrose Source Type: news

Final FY19 Appropriations: Department of Defense S & T
In fiscal year 2019, Congress is continuing to invest heavily in Department of Defense R&D programs to counter the increasing sophistication of rival nations such as China and Russia. Combined funding for basic research, applied research, and advanced technology development is increasing by 7 percent to almost $16 billion. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - October 4, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: wthomas Source Type: news

Efforts to Combat Sexual Harassment Gain Momentum
Amid increasing calls for action from within the scientific community and Congress, some federal agencies and scientific societies have advanced new initiatives to combat sexual harassment in the sciences.   (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - October 3, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: awolfe Source Type: news

Final FY19 Appropriations: National Institutes of Health
Funding for the National Institutes of Health is increasing by 5 percent or $2 billion in fiscal year 2019. The spending legislation also maintains a prohibition on changing research overhead reimbursement policies and includes additional resources for monitoring the integrity of the grantmaking process. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - September 28, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: awolfe Source Type: news