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June 2018

  • The Administration released “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” a plan to reform and reorganize the federal government. Several Earth and space science agencies are referenced in the report, including NASA, NSF, Department of Energy, EPA, and NOAA.
  • The Administration released a National Near-Earth Object Prepardness Strategy and Action plan. (20 June 2018)
  • Senate Appropriations Committee passes spending bills that fund NASA, NSF, and NOAA as well as USGS and EPA. See press releases here and here. (14 June 2018)
  • The National Academies release report urging culture change in the scientific community to prevent sexual harassment. Find report here. (12 June 2018).
  • Full House passes the first package of appropriations bills, approving $974 million more for DOE over its FY2018 funding levels. Read more here. (8 June 2018)
  • House Appropriations Committee passes spending bill that funds USGS and EPA. Read press release here. (6 June 2018)

May 2018

  • President Trump signs Space Policy Directive-2, which focuses on reforming commercial space regulations and improving U.S. competitiveness in the commercial space sector. Read the press release here. (24 May 2018)
  • Senate Appropriations Committee passes spending bill that funds DOE. See press release here. (24 May 2018)
  • The Senate passes by voice vote the National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System Act, which will improve monitoring networks and set up a national volcano office. Read the bill here. (17 May 2018)
  • House Appropriations Committee passes spending bill that funds NASA, NSF, and NOAA. Read press release here. (17 May 2018)

Apr 2018

  • Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduces a bill that would make federal funds available for coastal communities to improve their resiliency. Read it here. (26 April 2018)
  • The Federal Communications Commission issues a Public Notice Opening regarding expanding flexible use of the 3.7 GHz – 4.2 GHz band of spectrum. This portion of spectrum is adjacent to the band used by NOAA Port satellite transmission, which is used for timely weather warning information. AGU submitted a letter asking the FCC to consider impacts to the weather community. (19 April 2018)
  • Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduces a house resolution in support of science diplomacy. Read it here. (13 Apr 2018)
  • Science Funding: The Saga Continues AGU Public Affairs produces webinar with guest Virginia Ainslie reviewing the current outlook for FY2019. Watch here. (5 Apr 2018)

Mar 2018

  • Congress passes FY2018 Omnibus. The total spending package was $1.3 billion and provided increases to most federal science agencies. Read about funding changes at individual agencies here. (23 Mar 2018)
  • President unveils National Space Strategy. The four pillars include transforming to a more resilient space architecture, strengthening deterrence and warfighting options, improving foundational capabilities, and fostering conducive domestic and international environments. A fact sheet is available here. (23 Mar 2018)

Feb 2018

  • President’s FY2019 Budget is released. With the recent budget deal, the Administration added more money to federal science agencies, but some science programs would still see massive cuts under this proposal. Get more details and what it means for science here.
  • AGU member Dr. Neil Jacobs was confirmed unanimously as Assistant Secretary at NOAA for Environmental Observation and Prediction To learn more, watch his confirmation hearing with the Senate Commerce Committee, see his committee questionnaire in which he describes his vision for NOAA, and his responses to questions for the record following the hearing. (15 Feb 2018)
  • After a second government shutdown, Congress passes its fifth short-term spending bill and budget deal, which provides more funding for non-defense discretionary (includes federal science agencies). Congress now has until 23 March to pass a FY2018 spending agreement. Learn more here. (8 Feb 2018)

Jan 2018

  • The second Earth science decadal survey, Thriving on Our Changing Planet is released by the National Academies. Here’s a good recap of the press release event, including Q&A, with the co-chairs of the study committee.

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