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Last post, we took our first look at the potential budget for the coming fiscal year, FY 2014, which began 28 days ago. This time, we'll dive a little deeper into the budgetary outlook for NASA in FY 2014, as the two chambers of Congress begin the budget negotiations mandated by their crisis-ending deal.

Balloting for the next election of AAS officers and councilors will open in mid-December 2013 and close at the end of January 2014. All AAS members eligible to vote in the election will be notified once the ballot is available.

NASA seeks white papers on potential coronagraphic science to be done with the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope - Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (WFIRST-AFTA) mission. Deadline: 15 November 2013.

The International Astronomical Union invites proposals for symposia and focus meetings at the August 2015 General Assembly in Honolulu. Deadline: 15 December 2013.

The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy is conducting a survey about two-body careers in astronomy. You're invited to take the survey whether or not you are partnered.

On Tuesday evening, 7 January, at the 223rd AAS meeting in Washington, DC, we’ll hold our first-ever open-microphone night. Sign up now to share your musical or other talents with friends and colleagues!

The last few days have brought welcome news of a potential end to the government shutdown. Whether you believe there can be a long-term, large-scale budget bargain or not, its important to look at where this Congress left off when they last considered funding the government in something like the "normal" way.

Our second annual AAS Astronomy Ambassadors workshop, to be held in conjunction with the 223rd AAS meeting in Washington, DC, on 4-5 January 2014, is filling up fast. We've extended the deadline until Monday, 21 October 2013, to accommodate more last-minute applications.

It’s time to choose the Doxsey Prize winners for the 223rd AAS meeting. We need help from full members willing to review and rank dissertation abstracts. Our last call for volunteers didn't net us enough. Please sign up by 21 October!

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is accepting nominations for its annual awards recognizing special achievements in astronomy research, technology, education, and public outreach. Deadline: 1 January 2014.

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