AAAS Policy Alert

AAAS Policy Alert

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  • Accompanying the FY 2015 omnibus bill is report language that outlines congressional intent and provides some direction to federal agencies as to how the U.S. Congress expects appropriations to be directed and managed. Some highlights include: Climate Science: The report omits language included in...
  • Last week, the U.S. Congress passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 . Climate science research has been a contentious issue throughout the legislative session, and several riders appeared in previous iterations of subcommittee appropriations bills that could have...
  • The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), which advises the federal government on dual-use life science research, has urged the government to quickly clarify the extent of a funding moratorium on risky virus research, and grant some urgent exceptions. The National Institutes of...
  • The U.S. government has decided to pause funding for any new studies that include certain gain-of-function experiments involving select viruses while it undertakes a review process of the potential risks and benefits of such studies. The funding pause applies to “gain-of-function research projects...
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has released volume three of its Yucca Mountain Safety Evaluation Report, which is one of a series of five NRC reports that will evaluate the safety of the proposed Department of Energy nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Volume three...
  • Science & Technology in Congress Newsletter October 2014 Please note that AAAS has launched a new website (aaas.org), and the S&T Newsletter will undergo a few formatting changes over the next few issues. We thank you for your patience as we re-format. Budget News R&D Funding in FY 2015...
  • The Department of Transportation will invest $3.6 billion to fund 40 projects that will focus on improving climate change resilience for public transportation systems. About 90 percent of the funding will go to transit systems in New Jersey and New York, and the rest will go to Connecticut, DC,...
  • The Office of Science and Technology Policy released its policy for institutional oversight of life sciences dual-use research of concern (DURC). The policy details the necessary oversight to identify DURC and implement risk mitigation measures. The policy covers specific types of experiments, such...
  • On September 18, eight scientists were presented with Golden Goose Awards at a ceremony at the Library of Congress. The awards recognize scientists whose federally-funded basic research, while seemingly obscure or esoteric initially, has had significant impact. The awardees were: Larry Smarr , a...
  • On Friday, Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, signed the EPA’s Policy on Environmental Justice for Working with Federally Recognized Tribes and Indigenous Peoples . This policy contains 17 principles to “support the fair and effective implementation of federal...