Washington Updates



Washington Updates


The OSA Public Policy staff is pleased to provide you with Washington Updates, where you will find up-to-date information on legislation, events, and other activities happening in Washington, D.C. that affect the optics and photonics community. We welcome your feedback on any of these issues. You can contact the OSA government relations team directly if you would like more information on a particular article.

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Washington Updates - 2015


 

House Appropriations Committee – Upcoming Budget Hearings

Many of the hearings can be viewed via webcast.
 
Department of Energy – February 26, 2015 at 9:30am – more information

United States Air Force – February 27, 2015 at 10:00am – more information

National Institutes of Health – March 3, 2015 at 10:00am – more information

Department of Commerce – March 3, 2015 at 2:00pm – more information

Department of Defense – March 4, 2015 at 10:00am – more information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration – March 4, 2015 at 10:30am – more information

Posted: February 24, 2015 

Senate Appropriations Committee – Upcoming Budget Hearings

Many of the hearings can be viewed via webcast.
 
U.S. Air Force – February 25, 2015 at 10:30am – more information

Department of Commerce – February 26, 2015 at 10:30am – more information

Posted: February 24, 2015

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee – Upcoming Hearings

Many of the hearings can be viewed via webcast.
 
An Overview of the Budget Proposal for the Department of Energy for Fiscal Year 2016” – February 25, 2015 at 10:00am, testimony by Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy
 
Full Committee Markup on The Secret Science Reform Act of 2015 and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015 – February 25, 2015 at 2:00pm
 
An Overview of the Budget Proposals for the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology for Fiscal Year 2016” – February 26, 2015 at 10:00am

Posted: February 24, 2015

President Obama Releases his FY16 Budget

On February 2, President Barack Obama released his FY16 Budget request.  Key funding numbers include:

  • Overall R&D: $146 billion (6 percent increase over FY15)
  • Department of Energy Office of Science: $5.340 billion, an increase of $269 million over FY15
  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $7.7 billion, an increase of $400 million over FY15
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): $1.120 billion, an increase of $255.8 million over FY15. 
  • DOD Science and Technology: $12.3 billion
  • DOD Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): $3 billion
  • National Institutes of Health: $31.3 billion, an increase of $1 billion over FY15
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E): $325 million, an increase of $45 million over FY15
  • STEM education: $3 billion (3.6 percent increase over FY15)

 For more information, see the following White House Fact Sheets:


Posted: February 9, 2015


The 114th Congress - Committees

As the new Congress gets underway, all the new members of Congress are starting to get their committee assignments and returning members of Congress may switch committees.  While some committee membership has not yet been announced, please visit the House website or the Senate website over the next few weeks to see what committees your members of Congress have been assigned to. 

Posted: January 21, 2015

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