The American Science Alliance Weekly Digest is delivered once a week on Wednesday to subscribers. The president’s budget and House and Senate appropriations proposals for fiscal year 2017 included multiple funding and programmatic changes for the federal science agencies (such as the large Defense and Water Infrastructure bills), the federal government’s spending on a continuing resolution … Continue reading AMERICAN SCIENCE ALLIANCE WEEK IN REVIEW 12.14.16
A two-hour meeting with the president-elect and US tech execs covered jobs, immigration policy, China, cybersecurity, government procurement and protecting intellectual-property rights, repatriating foreign profits, reforming taxes and regulations so companies build more jobs in the U.S., building better infrastructure, and improving education.
Federal science agencies in general will be barred from starting new programs or stopping old ones and from implementing funding increases submitted in the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget request.
Both the House and Senate have passed the fiscal year 2017 “National Defense Authorization Act." The NDAA is a bill, passed annually, that authorizes and sets policy for defense programs at the Defense and Energy Departments, including defense R&D.
In a Congressionally mandated study supported by the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Academies has appointed a committee to: (i) describe current and emerging requirements for the Coast Guard's polar icebreaking capabilities; (ii) identify potential design, procurement, leasing, service contracts, crewing, and technology options that could minimize life-cycle costs and optimize efficiency and reliability of Coast Guard polar icebreaker operations in the Arctic and Antarctic; and (iii) examine a variety of other factors related to Coast Guard estimates for the procurement and operating costs of a Polar icebreaker.
The outcomes of the White House Arctic Science Ministerial that brought together science ministers and other high-level officials from more than 20 nations are publicly available.
S. 612 Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation (WiiN) Act, S.612, with a vote of 78-21 drew a mix of Republications and Democrats on each side. A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then signed by the President to become law.