Policy Blog

The AAS Public Policy team uses the Policy Blog to communicate with the membership about current events in the science policy world. Most policy blog posts are written by the John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow.

Senate Appropriations for FY 2021

19 Nov 2020
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittees have finalized their fiscal year 2021 appropriations. Here are some details on the funding for NASA and other federal agencies that support the astronomical sciences.

AAS Member to Serve on Biden-Harris NASA Review Team

11 Nov 2020
AAS member Jedidah Isler (Dartmouth College) has been named to the Biden-Harris NASA review team, which will work to understand the operations of the agency and help ensure a smooth transition to the new administration.

NASA Science to Host Community Town Hall

11 Nov 2020
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will hold a community town hall with Thomas Zurbuchen and his leadership team on 17 November to discuss updates to NASA’s science programs and share the current status of activities.

Take the AAS COVID-19 Impacts Survey

12 Oct 2020
The AAS's Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy issued a survey to the AAS membership to evaluate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic in May. We now have a second round of the survey as the pandemic continues to spread...

AAS Congressional Visits Day (CVD) Goes Virtual

1 Oct 2020
Our annual members' visit to Capitol Hill had been planned for mid-March this year, but due to the coronavirus pandemic we postponed to September and decided to try a virtual CVD. It went reasonably well!