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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)
  • 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.

Latest News from 2017