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House Science Committee Chairman Signals Cuts for SBE and GEO

March 15th, 2017

It’s déjà vu all over again. During the 114th Congress (2015-2016), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee led an effort to “reprioritize” research funding at the National Science Foundation. On the losing end of the plan were two Directorates: Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences as well as Geosciences (GEO). Although the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 passed the U.S. House of Representatives, the

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President Launches Effort to Reorganize Federal Agencies

March 15th, 2017

In one of the latest Executive Orders to come out of the White House, the President directed the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to put together a “comprehensive” plan to “reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies. . . , components of agencies, and agency programs.”

The process will begin with agency heads submitting to the OMB Director, within 180 days, proposed plans for their agencies. The OMB Director will

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Scientific Integrity Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

February 16th, 2017

A bill that aims to protect scientific integrity in research conducted or funded by the federal government was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate. The “Scientific Integrity Bill” (S. 338) is sponsored by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and almost 30 other co-sponsors, all Democrats to date.

The bill would codify existing policies at numerous federal agencies, which were put into place

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Funding for Science—What Is The Path Forward?

February 16th, 2017

Undoubtedly, changes in congressional and executive branch leadership portend shifting legislative and federal funding priorities. While the new Administration organizes, and Congress awaits President Trump’s first budget submission, uncertainty surrounding how agencies and programs will fare hangs in the balance.

Under normal circumstances, during the first week of February, the President would be sending Congress his proposed budget for the next fiscal year. This

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