As the 114th Congress wraps up the year, we provide an end-of-year update for FY 2017, COMPETES, and NASA.
Congressional Visit Days are an opportunity for AAS members to advocate for their science with policy makers. There are two opportunities this coming year: AAS CVD (21-22 March 2017) and SET CVD (25-26 April 2017). Deadline for AAS CVD extended to 30 January.
Over the next couple of months, the incoming administration will make a number of appointments and policy decisions that will impact science.
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.
On 12 July Society President Christine Jones testified before the House Space and Research & Technology Subcommittees at a hearing titled "Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Astrobiology."
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.
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.