March 2019

6 March 2019
AGU Science Policy Alert 19-3

FY2019 Funding Decisions Finalized

With the exception of NOAA, the majority of science agencies received an increase in funding for FY2019.

  • NOAA received $5.4 billion or a 8% decrease from FY2018. This decrease was part of a planned ramp down of NOAA satellite programs and a one-year increase to purchase an aircraft last fiscal year.
  • NASA received $21.5 billion or a 4% increase from FY2018.
  • NSF received $8.1 billion or a 4% increase from FY2018.
  • USGS received $1.1 billion or a 1% increase from FY2018.
  • EPA received $8.1 billion or flat funding from FY2018.

To ensure the FY2020 funding process is completed by 30 September, policymakers are beginning to ask their constituents to share their priorities to shape their own priorities.

Take 5 minutes to thank your legislators for their hard work on the FY2019 spending process, and urge them to prioritize science in FY2020.

Comment on the Proposed WOTUS Rule

The EPA and the Department of the Army are soliciting comments on the proposed revised definition of “waters of the United States” to clarify federal authority under the Clean Water Act.

Find more information or submit a comment at regulations.gov. Comments are due by 15 April 2019.

Submit a Public Affairs Sessions for Fall Meeting 2019

As AGU marks its Centennial, Fall Meeting 2019 will bring to life the past, present and future of Earth and space science. We encourage you to submit a Public Affairs Session, Town Hall, or Workshop to ensure that science policy plays an important role in AGU’s Centennial celebrations.

Join the AGU Policy Team

The Public Affairs team is looking for an intern to help during the busy spring season, which includes major AGU events, a congressional visits day, and congressional authorizations and appropriations legislative work. Apply to learn more about the policy making process and how scientists are making a difference on Capitol Hill. This is a paid opportunity with a target start date of 1 April.

We’re also looking for a Senior Specialist to advance the interests of AGU, its members, and its sciences by engaging and building relationships with Congress and the Administration. The Senior Specialist will also work with AGU members to inform and engage them in science policy activities. Visit the AGU website for more information and to apply.