Our testimony outlines how we view the astronomical sciences as an integral part of what policymakers and advocates often refer to as our national “innovation ecosystem.”
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The Congress’ two week recess—time lawmakers spend at home in their states/districts—comes to an end on Monday (28 April 2014). When we last left off in this space (much too long ago) we were discussing how the President's Budget Request (PBR) for FY 2015 came into being over the last year and a half or so.
As the nation works toward a hard-fought economic recovery, it is crucial that we strengthen investments in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research that will help drive our long-term prosperity in the global knowledge economy. The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is troubled by the reduction in basic science research funding proposed in the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request.
The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Federal Relations Subcommittee is gathering scientists in our community to raise the visibility of and support for planetary science in the Congress. This year, visits will take place 24-25 April and 12-13 May; you can participate in either the April or May dates. In both cases, we require two full-day commitments, about 8 am to 6 pm both days. Business attire is required. Sign-ups are open now through 5:00 pm EST on Saturday, 5 April 2014.
Below is the Congressional leave-behind flyer for our Congressional Visits Day during the second quarter of 2014, including links that provide more information on the images and content shown.
From time to time, the American Astronomical Society joins letters to policymakers written by peer organizations or collectively as part of a coalition. Here you will find links to letters the AAS has joined recently.
The American Astronomical Society strongly endorses community-based priority setting as a fundamental component in the effective funding, management, and oversight of the federal research enterprise. Broad community input is required in making difficult decisions that will be respected by policymakers and stakeholders.
Each year, the federal budget process kicks off with the introduction of the President's Budget Request. Or rather, that's where it seems to begin for those of us looking from the outside in.
A curated list of web-based resources for science policy that we find useful.
On March 4th the Obama Administration rolled out the top-line information on their budget request for FY 2015, which begins 1 October 2014. Details below the top line and a handful of policy bullet points will follow shortly.
Prior to your visits with Members of Congress and their staff, we will host a series of webinars and in-person trainings on how to successfully communicate with policymakers.
Let's start with some survey data from the Congressional Management Foundation's report Communicating with Congress: Perceptions of Citizen Advocacy on Capitol Hill—data that are well known around DC:
This page provides travel and accommodations recommendations and information for Congressional Visits Day volunteers.
The itinerary below is up to date as of 7 March 2014. Please check back for updates as the event dates approach.
Each year, the AAS participates in a Congressional Visits Day organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group. This event brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. This year's event will take place 17-18 March 2015.
We are looking at a potentially busy spring and summer for federal policies related to the astronomical sciences. In lieu of a deep dive into any one of the interesting policy issues on the horizon, I thought I would just lay out what we're likely to see and approximately when.