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February 2015 Public Policy News

9 February: Increases/Decreases: FY 2016 S&T Budget Requests: Action on FY 2016 funding for science and technology agencies shifts from the Obama Administration to Congress following the submission of the FY 2016 budget request. Read more

3 February: President Sends FY 2016 Budget Request to Congress; OSTP Budget Briefing: 
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. Read more

FY 2016 Budget Request: National Science Foundation
FY 2016 Budget Request: DOE Office of Science
FY 2016 Budget Request: The National Institute of Standards and Technology
FY 2016 Budget Request: National Nuclear Security Administration
FY 2016 Budget Request: Department of Defense Science and Technology Programs
FY 2016 Budget Request: NASA
FY 2016 Budget Request: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
FY 2016 Budget Request: STEM Education
FY 2016 Budget Request: U.S. Geological Survey
FY 2016 Budget Request: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Congressional Visits Day:
The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is participating in the annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD) taking place in Washington, DC on March 17-18, 2015.

With so many new members of Congress, this is a great opportunity to establish a relationship with your Congressional offices and to educate your members of Congress on the importance of optics and photonics. Last year, the NPI had several legislative successes all thanks to the advocacy efforts by the NPI community communicating with their members of Congress. The more members we have participate in these efforts, the better chance of success. NPI will be participating in this annual event to talk about the importance of science research & development funding, the work of the NPI, and discuss other important science related legislation such as the America COMPETES Act.

Each participant will be placed on a combined society team based on your geographic region. There will be training on March 17 in Washington, DC focusing on the NPI and how to have an effective meeting as well as get the opportunity to get to know your Capitol Hill visits team. That evening, you will have the opportunity to join colleagues at a reception on Capitol Hill. On March 18, you and your team will visit your Congressional representatives. Society staff will schedule and coordinate your day and will escort you to all of your meetings.

If you are interested in participating in the Congressional Visits Day 2015, please sign up on the NPI CVD webpage.