Congress' final agreement on a fiscal year 2017 appropriations boosts funding for a few science agencies while holding others steady.
U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a Hearing on Agency Use of Science in the Rulemaking Process to Provide Proposals for Improving Transparency and Accountability
On March 9, the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology held the first of two hearings related to NSF, focusing on “overview and oversight” of NSF programs by the science committee’s research panel.
On March 29, the House Science Committee convened a hearing titled, “Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method.” The scientific method has become a central issue in the committee’s work this year. The House has passed two bills to overhaul how the Environmental Protection Agency uses and reviews science. Proponents say the legislation would … Continue reading Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method
S. 442: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an authorization bill, which direct how federal funds should or should not be used. Appropriations set overall spending limits by agency or program and are typically made for single fiscal years … Continue reading NASA Transition Authorization Act Allocates $19.508 Billion for 2017
The EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT has yet to fill several key-science and technology related senate-confirmed positions.
President Trump signed two STEM related bills into law (February 28, 2017): HR 321 and HR 255. HR 321: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act” directs NASA “to encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), pursue careers in aerospace, and further advance the nation’s space … Continue reading STEM Education Bills Signed by President Trump