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NSF & Congress

Continuing Resolution, Citizen Science, BRAIN Briefing, and More

October 6, 2015

U.S. Capitol
On Sept. 30, 2015, Congress passed and the president signed a temporary spending measure that keeps the federal government operating through Dec. 11. The action averted a government shutdown on Oct. 1, the first day of the 2016 fiscal year. The continuing resolution funds agencies at roughly the same level as last year.

Also on Sept. 30, the White House held a forum on citizen science and crowdsourcing, with NSF Director France Córdova as a featured speaker. Noting that NSF has been investing in public participation in virtually all fields of science and engineering for many years, she talked about NSF-supported projects such as eBird and Zooniverse as examples of open science and innovation.

On Oct. 1, Córdova spoke at the Kavli Foundation’s bipartisan briefing on Capitol Hill about the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. "The cultivation of diverse partnerships, with government, big and small business, nonprofits and academia, is a critical step on the path to unravel the mysteries of the brain," Córdova said.

Also last week, Congress passed and sent to the White House the STEM Education Act (H.R. 1020). The legislation defines STEM education to include computer science and it supports existing STEM education programs at NSF.

On Oct. 8, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a full committee markup of H.R. 3033, the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act, and H.R. 3293, the Scientific Research in the National Interest Act. The House committee held a hearing on dyslexia research on Sept. 30.

The House Republican Conference will meet on Oct. 8 to name its candidate to succeed John Boehner as House speaker. Boehner announced last month that he will resign at the end of October. The full House of Representatives will vote on a new speaker on Oct. 29.

See the previous edition for NSF Appropriations and Authorization legislation actions.

See also: NSF's Major Legislation webpage


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