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Comments Requested by FCC Spectrum Policy Task Force

AAS ACTION ALERT 2002-02

COMMENTS TO FCC SPECTRUM POLICY TASK FORCE DUE 8 JULY 2002

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formed a Spectrum Policy Task Force (SPTF) to take a modern look at their policies governing electromagnetic spectrum use with the goal of trying to increase efficiency and flexibility. A governing principle is "economic value." The charge, which Raises 23 questions (many multipart), is broad. FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell was quoted in the 19 June 2002 Washington Post regarding the new FCC philosophy:

Budget Committee Contact

AAS ACTION ALERT 2002-01

Summary
This Action Alert asks AAS members to call and fax members of the Senate Budget committee to ask for an increased budget for the NSF and send thank-you notes to members of the House Budget committee for providing funds for an 11% increase for NSF, 5% above the President's request. Contact information and a draft FAX are included at the end of this Alert.

Background

International Traffice In Arms Regulations (ITAR Issue)

AAS ACTION ALERT 2001-05

SUMMARY

This Action Alert summarizes the current FY2002 budget situation and discusses a policy topic broadly known as the ITAR Issue. We recommend that AAS members write letters to two specific members of Congress thanking them for their recent action on the ITAR issue. We also include a short summary of the FY 2002 Budget situation.

FY 2002 Budget Summary

Initial Appropriations Action Alert

AAS ACTION ALERT 2001-04

SUMMARY

This Action Alert requests members to write letters to their member of Congress (and send cc's to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House VA-HUD-IA Appropriations Committee) to request increases in funding for basic science in the VA-HUD-IA Appropriations bill. Members should complete their communications no later than the week of 18 June, although regular communication throughout the summer would be very helpful.

Anneila Sargent President, American Astronomical Society

Pennsylvania School Board Issue

AAS ACTION ALERT 2001-03

(Sent to members in Pennsylvania only)

Summary

This ACTION ALERT summarizes a current effort underway in Pennsylvania to modify the Science and Technology Standards in the state education system in such a way as to decrease the overall level of scientific understanding.

It was forwarded to the AEB by a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and is being forwarded to all AAS members in Pennsylvania on behalf of the AAS Astronomy Education Board.

Bruce Partridge, AEB Chair

Alabama Curriculum Issue

AAS ACTION ALERT #2001-1 (Released in Collaboration with AGU)

[Mailed to members in Alabama from aas.org at 1:15pm, 5 February 2001]

Alabama Board of Education Slated to Vote on New Science Curriculum

Summary:

This Action Alert provides background information on an upcoming vote of interest to AAS members in Alabama. It provides resources for more information and advocates action on the part of AAS members.

Introduction:

Ehlers' Education Bills

AAS ACTION ALERT 2000-3

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:25pm 21 APR 2000]

 

Summary

 

This AAS Action Alert urges members to write their Representatives (and send carbon copies to Representative Ehlers' office) in support of three new Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education bills recently introduced by Representative Vernon Ehlers.

Introduction and Request

FY 2001 Budget Outlook

AAS ACTION ALERT 2000-02

 

SUMMARY

 

This action alert summarizes current events related to the Federal Budget and advocates new and continued action on the part of AAS members, members of its divisions and supporters of astronomy research. This alert is rather long mainly due to the sample letters and addresses of Congressional offices towards the end of the alert.

 

CURRENT SITUATION

 

FY 2000 Budget Summary

AAS ACTION ALERT #2000-1
[Mailed from aas.org at 11:25am 06 JAN 2000]

Summary: This Action Alert is a summary of how Astronomy fared in the Federal budget for fiscal year 2000. After a description of what happened inside the Beltway in 1999, we propose actions AAS members can take to help the funding situation for Astronomy for FY '01. Members are asked to begin action early, as last ditch communications are not always effective in Congress.

What Happened in 1999

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