Over the next couple of months, the incoming administration will make a number of appointments and policy decisions that will impact science.
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Over the next couple of months, the incoming administration will make a number of appointments and policy decisions that will impact science. AAS Policy will document that information as well as our advocacy outreach efforts here.
Congress is in recess until after the election. Read about the status of some of the relevant legislation, including FY 2017 spending bills and agency authorizations.
The Senate introduced the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016, the goal of which is to provide stability for NASA to sustain and grow its investments in science and space exploration through the presidential transition.
In 2015, a committee began a review of progress on the priorities in the 2010 astronomy & astrophysics decadal survey, including assessing agencies' programs and recommending actions for the second half of the decade.
Despite remarkable advancements in astronomy and astrophysics since 2010, unforeseen constraints have slowed progress toward reaching some of the goals outlined in the last decadal survey of these disciplines.
On 12 July Society President Christine Jones testified before the House Space and Research & Technology Subcommittees at a hearing titled "Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Astrobiology."
Barely a month into her two-year term as AAS President, Christine Jones (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) was invited to testify to the US Congress on astronomy's contributions to science, technology, and education.
The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, the Senate's version of the COMPETES reauthorization, was introduced. It includes policies for OSTP, NSF, NIST, and R&D and STEM education in general.
In this guest blog, the AAS-sponsored participant to the AAAS CASE Workshop, Kevin Cooke, describes two of the things that he learned.
Every year, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) hosts the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop, an opportunity sponsored by a coalition of scientific and engineering societies, universities, and academic organizations for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy. In 2016, the AAS sponsored 1 student to participate, and will be sponsoring 1−2 students in 2018.
The spending bills for FY 2017 that include NASA, NSF, and DOE have been approved by the House Appropriations committee and are summarized in this post.
The AAS brought a few members to Washington, DC, to present their National Science Foundation-supported work on Capitol Hill.
The AAS Public Policy team makes every effort to regularly communicate with the AAS membership and with policymakers. Occasionally these efforts are formal events at meetings or on the Hill.
This page will be updated as frequently as possible to reflect the current policies that are relevant to the astronomical science community. If an entry appears out of date or if you know of a policy that is not listed here, then please send the information to the Public Policy staff.
Whether you want to be convinced or you're looking for some information to help convince your peers, this page is meant to provide some explanation about why we think you should advocate for your science.
As a part of its policy activities, the American Astronomical Society issues statements on policies or proposed policies. These statements are written by the AAS Committee on Public Policy (CAPP), in consultation with AAS Public Policy staff, and are governed by the CAPP's mission, guiding principles, and strategic plan.
The spending bills for FY 2017 that include NASA, NSF, and DOE have been approved by the Senate Appropriations committee, and are summarized within this post.
The American Institute of Physics has introduced a new Federal Science Budget Tracker, a tool to help users monitor federal budgets and appropriations relevant to the physical sciences.