One Fiscal Year Ends, and Another Begins

11 May 2017
AGU Science Policy Alert 17-10

Science Advocacy Spotlight: AGU CVD 2017

Today’s featured advocates are our 2017 AGU Congressional Visits Day Participants. Last Wednesday, 11 AGU scientists visited their legislators in DC to build relationships, share their work, and discuss the value of Earth and space science. In total, AGU visited 32 offices from 5 states! Are you inspired to get involved? Check out information and resources about upcoming congressional visits (both in DC and home districts) here. Thank you to our outstanding 2017 CVD Participants for amplifying the voice of science on Capitol Hill!

Do you know someone you think should be highlighted as an AGU science advocate? Send nominations to sciencepolicy@agu.org.

That’s a wrap for FY2017, but the work isn’t done…

In case you missed it, Congress passed the fiscal year (FY) 2017 omnibus, which funds the government through the rest of the fiscal year, or through 30 September. Generally, the sciences fared well in the omnibus with relatively flat funding across the board. Here’s the overview:

  • NOAA: $5,675.00 million (1.6% decrease from FY2016)
  • NSF: $7,472.22 million (0.1% increase over FY2016)
  • NASA: $19,653.30 million (1.9% increase over FY2016)
  • USGS: $1,085.12 (2.2% increase over FY2016)
  • DOE Office of Science: $5,392.00 million (0.8% increase over FY2016)
  • DOE ARPA-E: $306 million (5.2% increase over FY2016)
  • EPA Science & Technology: $706.47 (4.0% decrease from FY2016)

Despite not seeing deep cuts in the FY2017 bill, there is still more work to do!The President is scheduled to release his FY2018 budget at the end of the month, which will detail how he proposes to cut critical programs, including funding for science agencies. Stand with us and tell your legislator why we need robust science funding to keep the nation’s scientific enterprise strong. To get the skinny on the FY2017 Omnibus, check out our Federal Spending page.

Keep the Pressure On!

Continue to be a strong voice for science by building dialogue with your neighbors, community members, legislators, and others about science and its value. Consider sending your legislators a #ScienceIsEssential postcard or writing a letter to the editor or op-ed about the value of science in your community. For more information and tools, contact sciencepolicy@agu.org.

What’s New? Science Policy Update Webinar

Finding it hard to track science policy in the political discussion? Join us for our webinar to learn more about the science policy issues currently being considered in Congress, including the funding and legislative landscape and how best to engage in the process. The webinar will be Thursday, 25 May 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register today!

Keep Science an International Collaboration

The government is currently considering stricter visa rules for people coming into the United States, including requirements that would look into an individuals social media presence. AGU is concerned about the chilling effect this could have on the collaborative nature of science. You too can comment on this proposed rule. The deadline is 18 May 2017.