NSF & Congress
Hearing on NSF project management recommendations, NSB meeting, upcoming overview of the FY17 budget request and more
February 5, 2016
Dr. Richard Buckius, NSF Chief Operating Officer, testified on Feb. 4 before a joint panel of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology's Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Research and Technology on NSF's response to the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Panel's report and recommendations. The panel conducted a comprehensive review of NSF's management of large-scale research facilities.
Noting that NSF was in "general agreement" with all of the panel's recommendations, Buckius said the report "provides a roadmap toward strengthened policies and practices for the NSF." He said the NSF director has created an implementation team to address each of the NAPA panel's recommendations, focusing on business practices and on oversight, accountability and stewardship. And, he assured the subcommittees that any changes NSF undertakes will apply to existing, as well as new, cooperative agreements. Buckius' testimony is available here.
The House and Senate have passed H.R. 3033, the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act. It requires NSF to tell Congress how much is requested for the agency's Research in Disabilities Education program and to provide specified funding for dyslexia and other learning disability research. The Senate approved the measure on Feb. 3 and the House acted on Feb. 4. Next, the bill goes to the White House for the President's signature.
The National Science Board (NSB) met on Feb. 2 and 3, where it heard from its ad hoc task force on NEON performance and examined NAPA's recommendations. The board also held briefings for the House and Senate on the Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) 2016 report, with NSB Chair Dan Arvizu, Vice Chair Kelvin Droegemeier and NSF CEO Richard Buckius as speakers. The full SEI report is available here.
UPCOMING BUDGET ROLL OUT
NSF Director France Córdova will present an overview of the agency’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request to Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 9, followed by budget briefings by directorate and office heads. NSF leadership will follow with a series of briefings for Congress. More information will be available at http://www.nsf.gov/fy17, beginning on Feb. 9.
Looking for information on NSF's FY 2016 budget? See the Jan. 4, 2016, Congressional Highlight.
For tools and resources about the impact on NSF's investments, please see the NSF Toolkit.
A special website for NSF Days is now available.
OTHER NSF & CONGRESS INFORMATION