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June 2015 Public Policy News

10 July 2015: Finalist Selection for New Integrated Photonics Institute Delayed: Although no official news has been released, the announcement has been delayed from June 2015 and is expected to be announced late summer. Read More

10 July 2015: Science and Technology Priorities for FY2017 Budget: The FY2017 agency budget priority memo issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy calls for a  focus on global climate change, clean energy, earth observations to advance Earth as a single system, advanced manufacturing and other future industries, innovation in life sciences, biology, and neuroscience, national and homeland security, information technology and high-performance computing, and ocean and arctic issues. Read More

7 July 2015: Cat XII Proposal: SPIE and the photonics community respond to call for comments: The photonics community responded strongly to the opportunity to submit comments on the new proposed rules for Category XII, which will have a significant impact on the photonics industry. Comments provided to the State Department are now available for review on their website. Read More

7 July 2015: Senate Passed National Defense Authorization Act: The Act was passed in mid-June and affects conference travel, funding for basic research, acoustics and high-energy lasers, the SMART program, and more. Funding is provided by the Defense Appropriations Act. Read More

25 June 2015: Budget Increase for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Conflicts with Affordable Care Act: Biomedical research supported by billion-dollar increases in NIH budget; yet, increases may negatively affect patient-centered outcomes research that aligns with the Affordable Care Act. Read More

25 June 2015: Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Bill approved by House: The Bill provides funding for STEM education programs among others. Read More

23 June 2015: SPIE joins in call to action for ‘American Innovation Imperative’: SPIE joins 250 organizations and ten CEOs in supporting "Innovation: An American Imperative," a document that calls for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic R&D. Read More

10 June 2015: Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill to fund National Science Foundation (NSF), among others: The 2016 Bill maintains 2015 levels at $7.3 billion and funds basic research across all scientific disciplines and supports programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Read More