The AAS Public Policy team uses the Policy Blog to communicate with the membership about current events in the science policy world. The blog is written by the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow.
President Obama's Last Budget Request: FY 2017
We've been waiting with great anticipation for the FY 2017 President's Budget Request, and on 9 February 2016, it finally arrived. We'll discuss how the astronomical sciences have fared within NASA, NSF, and DOE.
Apply for the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Workshop
11 Feb 2016
The AAS will be sending one student to the AAAS-organized CASE Workshop. The application period will be open until 11:59 pm ET 10 March 2016.
NSB Science and Engineering Indicators Report of 2016
The National Science Board recently published Science and Engineering Indicators 2016, which presents data on STEM education, the STEM workforce, federal investment, and public opinions.
2016 Federal Budget Analysis from AIP
The American Institute of Physics has published an analysis of the fiscal year 2016 federal budget focusing on the outcome for the physical sciences and what we might expect for FY 2017.
A Recap of Policy-Related Sessions at the 227th AAS Meeting
The 227th meeting of the AAS in Kissimmee, Florida, has wrapped up. If you weren’t able to attend the many policy-related sessions, then let this serve as a summary of the main points from each session. Update: Link to...
Get Ready for Congressional Visits Day 2016
Are you an AAS member interested in advocating for your science with policy makers? If yes, then you should volunteer for Congressional Visits Day (15-16 March 2016)! Deadline: 22 January 2016.
FY 2016 Omnibus Will Be Better for Some Disciplines than Others
The negotiations over FY 2016 appropriations are finally complete. NASA's top line is up 7%; planetary and Earth sciences enjoy increases, while astrophysics is flat and heliophysics is down. NSF's top line is up 1.6%.
AAS Policy Sessions at #AAS227 in Kissimmee
Different aspects of public policy will be featured at #aas227 in Kissimmee, Florida, during sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 and 6 January. Join us at a plenary or town hall, or at the AAS booth! 4 Jan: Updated...
AIP Seeks Applications for Congressional Fellowship Program
If you're interested in working inside the halls of Congress, apply for a Congressional science fellowship through the American Institute of Physics. Application deadline for the 2016-17 term: 15 January 2016.
NSF's Dr. France Córdova to Speak at January AAS Meeting
Use our online form to submit questions for the director of the National Science Foundation, whose plenary talk is on 5 January. Deadline: 18 December.