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.
The AAS brought a few members to Washington, DC, to present their National Science Foundation-supported work on Capitol Hill.
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.
Did you know that the AAS has a Policy Talk program? Learn more about how to have a member of AAS Policy come to your institution for a colloquium about science advocacy and policy.
AAS members from across the US traveled to Washington, DC, to advocate for federal support of science with their members of Congress during our Congressional Visits Day in March 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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 recordings of the plenary sessions has been added.
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.
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%.
The Every Student Succeeds Act reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, rewrites No Child Left Behind, and aims to strengthen education in science, technology, engineering, and math.
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 location of Advocacy Panel.
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.