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June 2014 Public Policy News


3 June: House Passes FY2015 Funding Bill for NASA, NIST, NOAA, and NSF: "A primary area of focus in the bill this year is scientific research, innovation and competitiveness. Investing in basic research is key to growth and job creation, and it is the foundation for the economic security of future generations which enables us to stay ahead of China." So said Frank Wolf (R-VA), Chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee at the start of two days of deliberations by the House on an FY 2015 bill to fund a wide range of federal agencies, including NASA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation.

The House passed this legislation by a vote of 321-87. Although scores of amendments were offered the bill's provisions regarding the four science agencies were left largely unchanged. Read more


2 June: Department of Defense Announces Request for Information: The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced a Request for Information (RFI), the first step in the process of creating a new public-private innovative manufacturing institute (IMI) as part of the President's National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). In the RFI, the DoD lists technological areas under consideration, which includes photonics. Read more