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.
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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.
Today's post is written by AAS member, Ramin Skibba, who participated in the 2014 AAS Congressional Visits Day Program.
Last week, I participated in the Congressional Visits Day (CVD) with the American Astronomical Society (AAS)...
Fifteen members of the AAS traveled to Washington, DC, 25-26 March to express to Congress the need for sustained and predictable federal funding of scientific research, which is critically important to American economic growth.
The American Astronomical Society's Executive Committee and Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy have issued a statement expressing concerns over President Obama’s “lackluster” support of science research and education as reflected in his proposed budget for fiscal year 2015.
All of our current and former John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellows gathered for lunch with fellowship benefactor (and former AAS Vice-President) Neta Bahcall.
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.
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.
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The itinerary for CVD 2018. Please check back for updates as the event dates approach.
Every year the AAS brings volunteers to Washington, DC, to advocate for federal support of science with their members of Congress during Congressional Visits Day (CVD). This is part of a coordinated effort to gather scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives in the nation’s capital to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. Sign ups are currently closed. For information about opportunities in 2018, please check back in late 2017.
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.
On Thursday, 6 February 2014, I walked around Capitol Hill delivering a letter from our President, David Helfand, to the leadership of the Appropriations subcommittees with jurisdiction over NASA, NSF, and the Department of Energy (DOE)—the three agencies that collectively provide most of the federal support for the astronomical sciences.
In response to a question that passed through my Twitter feed the other day and because they are holding a meeting 3-4 February 2014, I thought I would put together an answer to the question, "What is the AAAC?," which hopefully draws out a little more about the broader "astronomy policy ecosystem."
In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama identified basic research and STEM education objectives for his proposed "year of action," two issues close to our hearts here at the AAS Executive Office.
At around 8 pm last night, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers introduced omnibus appropriations for FY 2014, the fiscal year that began this past October. Here we look at how this would affect the astronomical sciences.
On 9 January 2014 the American Astronomical Society delivered the first ever State of the Universe address to a packed house in the briefing room for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Space.