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House Committee Discusses the Balance of Open Science and Global Competition
October 6, 2021
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology met on October 5 for a hearing to examine Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise. Members of Congress expressed concern over increasing threats to sensitive information from foreign countries looking to gain an advantage in global research and development competition. Nonetheless, Representatives on both sides of the aisle communicated their commitment to openness andread more
Biden Assembles New Members of PCAST
October 6, 2021
On September 22, President Biden announced the new members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). This independent Federal Advisory Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the President on Science and Technology policy, and providing evidence-backed insights to inform other policy areas. Members are typically experts from a range of disciplines, including industry andread more
Congress Avoids Shutdown, but Uncertainty Remains
October 1, 2021
On Thursday night, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) narrowly avoiding a government shutdown that would have gone into effect at midnight on September 30th. The legislation maintains current funding levels until December 3, by which time Congress will again have to find agreement on spending levels for fiscal year (FY) 2022. The bill also included emergency supplemental funding for disaster relief related to recent hurricanes, as well as for Afghan resettlementread more
Budget Update: House Passes Bill that Combines Short Term Funding with Lifting Debt Limit
September 22, 2021
Congress continues to inch closer to a number of key deadlines in the coming weeks. Most importantly, government funding expires on September 30 and the federal debt limit will be reached sometime in October. If Congress fails to pass appropriations and lift the debt limit, the government will shut down and the Treasury will be unable to meet its financial obligations.
On September 21, the House of Representatives passed a bill combining short-termread more