FY 2016 started last week (1 October 2015), and a continuing resolution passed Congress just in the nick of time to keep the federal government from shutting down.
President Obama released his FY 2016 budget request in February. Here's where things stand as of September, now that Congress is back in session and the presidential campaign is in full swing.
The AAS's new John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow, Heather Bloemhard, introduces herself and describes her path from graduate school to a PhD in physics and, ultimately, a career in science policy.
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That thud you heard was the arrival of President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget. Here the AAS public-policy staff presents "just the facts" about what's in the request for the astronomical sciences.
Kelly Korreck describes why she enjoyed Congressional Visits Day last year and encourages all fellow AAS members to volunteer to participate and to advocate for the astronomical sciences.
The AAS policy team will be at #aas225 in Seattle all next week (4-8 January 2015)! Come find us at the AAS booth or at one of the three events we'll be coordinating on Monday and Wednesday.
Applications are now being accepted for the next AAS John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow. If you have, or will have, a PhD by Fall 2015 and are interested in science policy, you are encouraged to apply!
Lawmakers introduced a massive spending bill on 9 December; it would provide healthy increases to the science budgets at NASA and NSF and sufficient funding to Cosmic Frontier projects at the DOE Office of Science. UPDATE: The Congress has passed the measure, as of 13 December 2014, and the President is expected to sign.
NASA's Science Mission Directorate has issued a draft Cooperative Agreement Notice for its future science-education activities and requests comments by 8 December. A final notice should be released in January 2015.
In this guest post, Jason Steffen (Northwestern University) describes his recent local visit with his House representative, Randy Hultgren. With Congress in recess, now is a good time to do a visit of your own!
A National Science Foundation committee has drafted a report advising the GEO directorate on goals and priorities for the next five years and invites comments from the community by Friday, 12 September.
Debra Elmegreen, Chair of the AAS Committee on Astronomy & Public Policy (CAPP), discusses the group's recent strategic-planning retreat and how CAPP and the Society's policy staff will pursue their mission.
In this guest post, graduate student Sara Barber (University of Oklahoma) describes her experience organizing a campus visit with Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma's 4th district over the August Congressional recess.
With Congress now in week two of its five-week summer recess, here's an update on where things stand with the federal budgets for the next two fiscal years.
Consideration of the appropriations bill that funds NASA, NSF, and a host of other agencies broke down amid disagreements over potential amendments.
The House of Representatives passed their bill funding NASA and NSF on 30 May, with strong increases for research at both agencies. The Senate now looks to take up its version of the bill, which passed out of committee on 5 June.
Anna Ho (MIT) was the only undergraduate AAS member who participated in Congressional Visits Day 2014. In this continuation of her earlier blog post, she describes her experience.
Today brought much more detail on the proposal from the House of Representatives' Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), as the subcommittee released the report that accompanies their bill in preparation for tomorrow's full committee markup. The report indicates the subcommittee's intent in passing the bill, detailing how they intend for the top-line numbers and other language in the bill to be interpreted by the relevant agencies.
The House of Representatives' appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over NASA and NSF released its proposal for FY 2015, with increases for science research accounts at both agencies. Next, the bill moves on for full committee consideration this Thursday 8 May.