Space on the Hill is a semi-regular briefing series, co-sponsored with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Members of AAS came to Capitol Hill for AAS Congressional Visits Day to get firsthand experience advocating for science with their members of Congress.
President Trump's Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again provides a framework for the overall FY 2018 budget, with some detail about several agencies.
Logistical information about Capitol Hill, including how to get around and the available amenities.
Supported in part by AAS membership dues, the American Institute of Physics (AIP) is introducing a new weekly newsletter that’s free to all AAS members.
This page will be updated as frequently as possible to reflect the current policies that are relevant to the astronomical science community. If an entry appears out of date or if you know of a policy that is not listed here, then please send the information to the Public Policy staff.
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.
Over the next couple of months, the incoming administration will make a number of appointments and policy decisions that will impact science. AAS Policy will document that information as well as our advocacy outreach efforts here.
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.