Delayed Funding Decision, Means More Time to Act

20 September 2017
AGU Science Policy Alert 17-18

Congress Avoids Government Shutdown, Punts FY18 Funding Decision to December

Following Labor Day, Congress returned from the August district work period and quickly passed a continuing resolution (CR), staving off a government shutdown before the end of the fiscal year (30 September). A CR funds the government at the previous fiscal year’s levels; under a CR, agencies cannot begin new programs or alter or eliminate existing programs. The current CR expires on 8 December 2017, giving Congress a couple of months to agree on an FY18 spending package.

While Congress is negotiating and finalizing the details of an FY18 spending package, remind them why robust science funding is important for your community with a #scienceisessential postcard. Download one here or request them in bulk from 

Calling all DMV Members to the Senate

Join AGU, USGS, and NOAA for a briefing and exhibition on flooding. This timely congressional event will be held on 25 September 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00pm in Room G-11, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Goldbaum at

Seeking Authors and Editors for the IPCC 6th Assessment

The U.S. Department of State is now seeking nominations for lead authors and review editors for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. Nominations are being accepted until Tuesday, 24 October 2017.

AGU Gains 10 New Science Policy Champions

Ten AGU-sponsored scientists took part in the 2017 Geosciences Congressional Visits Day. In total 39 geoscientists met with more than 70 congressional offices to discuss the importance of the geosciences and the need for robust funding, the importance of open access to federal data, the benefits of STEM education, and the value of science in addressing natural hazards. Check out one participant’s AGU Instagram takeover for a great recap of the event. 

Recap of the House Earth and Space Science Caucus Briefing, “Science Saves”

Check out our Storify recap of this standing room only briefing. Staff from 25 congressional offices heard from Dr. Dave Applegate of USGS’s Natural Hazards Mission; Dr. David Fahey of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division; Angela Fritz of The Washington Post‘s Capitol Weather Gang; and Jeff Thomas of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. All four speakers spoke about how science saves time, resources, and lives.