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July 2013 Public Policy News


26 July: FY 2014 House Appropriations Committee Report: STEM Program Consolidation, Public Access, Rare Earth Materials, and Neuroscience: 
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their versions of the FY 2014 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bills. These bills provide funding to the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The House Appropriations Committee has just released the final version of its report accompanying its bill. In a section entitled "Office of Science and Technology Policy" on pages 59-60 of the House committee report, appropriators comment on the Obama Administration's proposal to consolidate federal STEM education programs, public access, rare earth materials, and neuroscience. Read more

24-26 July: FY 2014 House Appropriations Committee Report - NASA, NIST, NSF: The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their versions of the FY 2014 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bills. These bills provide funding to the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Read the House committee report accompanying the Bills

Committee report language does not have the force of law, but agencies usually adhere to it closely. Conflicts in funding and policy between the House and Senate versions will be resolved in a conference committee.

12 July: Report Released on Improving Department of Energy National Laboratories: The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, The Center for American Progress, and The Heritage Foundation jointly released a report "Turning the Page: Reimagining the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy," addressing efficiency and effectiveness concerns at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories and providing recommendations that would allow those labs to increase their production of relevant research and increase the transfer of this research into the private sector. The report authors were Matthew Stepp, Sean Pool, Nick Loris and Jack Spencer. Read more


12 July: House votes on funding for DOE Office of Science: House of Representatives passed by a vote of 227-198 the FY 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. During its two days of deliberations on H.R. 2609, the House considered more than seventy amendments to this legislation on programs such as ARPA-E, energy efficiency, Yucca Mountain, and life extension programs for nuclear weapons. Among these amendments were several relating directly to the Office of Science. Read more


10 July: NSF Releases Final Spending Plan for FY 2013: The National Science Foundation has released its spending plan for the current year. Importantly, this "FY 2013 Current Plan" includes mandatory reductions made due to sequestration.
 

8 July: House Science Committee Discusses Department of Energy Science and Technology Priorities: A hearing in the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee provided Members an opportunity to ask questions to newly appointed Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz regarding research at the Department of Energy (DOE). Members showed an interest in energy research and development priorities, particularly in the area of climate science. Read more