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ISSUE: SCIENCE RESEARCH BUDGETS
On December 30, President Bush signed into law the DOD appropriations bill, completing the FY 06 budget. Funding for DOD 6.1 (basic research) fell by 2.9 percent to $1.47 billion while funding for DOD 6.2 (applied research) rose by 6.5 percent to $5.17 billion. Over all agencies, basic research rose by a scant 1.8 percent, well below inflation.
In his State of the Union Speech, President Bush launched the American Competitiveness Initiative that includes a ten-year budget doubling for NSF, DOE’s Office of Science, and NIST’s core programs. The Fiscal Year 2007 (FY07) budget requests for these three agencies represent the first step in the Initiative. A budget summary follows.
For details of the FY06 and FY07 budgets, go to http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/.
To address the US competitiveness challenges, the Senate is considering two bipartisan bills. Both of them would authorize increases for science research and education budgets and make the R&D tax credit permanent.
To broaden APS grassroots efforts, March Meeting participants are encouraged to come to Washington during the meeting to advocate for science research funding. The APS Washington Office will provide a briefing on the current Washington environment and tips on how to have a successful Hill meeting. Buses will be provided. The DC office is also organizing a network of District Advocates, volunteers willing to act as Congressional district liaisons for APS Advocacy efforts. The DC Office will provide materials and talking points. Contact Kimberly Regan for more information.
ISSUE: NEW POPA STUDY GROUP ESTABLISHED
The APS Panel on Public Affairs has established a new study group to examine the governance models for national laboratories. The group will produce a short paper that reviews the development and application of the GOCO governance model and will recommend steps to improve implementation of the model.
ISSUE: EVOLUTION-INTELLIGENT DESIGN ACTIVITY UPDATE
A multi-society working group has been established to address the Intelligent Design issue. Members include AAAS, ACS, AIBS, AIP, APS, ASA, ASPEC, COSSA, NAS, NSTA, and SDB. Initial activity of the group will be to analytically explore public attitudes as a means of shaping participating societies’ respective education and outreach programs.
Log on to the APS Public Affairs website
(http://www.aps.org/policy/opa/index.cfm) for more information.
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