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6 September 2017: UK Seeks to Strengthen Research Collaboration Following Brexit: The UK wants to continue playing a major role in creating a brighter future for all European citizens by strengthening collaboration with European partners in science and innovation after Brexit.  Read More

5 September 2017: Bridenstine Faces Obstacles to Senate Confirmation for NASA Administrator Job: Despite strong support from much of the space industry, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) is facing potential opposition from senators who must confirm his nomination as NASA administrator. In a statement to Sept. 2, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) neither endorsed nor opposed Bridenstine's nomination, but said that NASA "cannot afford controversy or a delay in the nomination process" for a new leader.  Read More

1 September 2017: Trump Picks NASA Chief, NOAA Second-In-Command: President Donald Trump has announced his picks for two prominent science-related positions in his administration. He intends to nominate Representative Jim Bridenstine (R–OK) to be the administrator of NASA, the White House announced tonight. And he wants Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, a former oceanographer of the Navy, to be assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, the No. 2 job at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Read More

1 September 2017 (Updated 5 September): Young Immigrant Scientists Anxiously Await Trump's DACA Decision: Scientists, engineers, and technical students among those covered by Obama-era protections.  Read More

30 August 2017: NIST Seeks Input on OSAC 2.0: The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking public input on a potential new organizational structure for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science. NIST and the Department of Justice (DOJ) formed OSAC in 2014 to strengthen the nation's use of forensic science by facilitating the development of technically sound forensic science standards and by promoting the adoption of those standards by the forensic science community.  Read More

24 August 2017: ESA Issues Call for Deep Space Gateway Research Ideas: The European Space Agency (ESA) issued a call for proposals today seeking ideas for research that could be conducted on a Deep Space Gateway (DSG) in cis-lunar space. They will be discussed at a December ESA workshop. NASA is developing the DSG concept, but the Trump Administration did not include any funding for it in NASA's FY2018 budget request.  Read More

24 August 2017: ESA Issues Call for Deep Space Gateway Research Ideas: The European Space Agency (ESA) issued a call for proposals today seeking ideas for research that could be conducted on a Deep Space Gateway (DSG) in cis-lunar space. They will be discussed at a December ESA workshop. NASA is developing the DSG concept, but the Trump Administration did not include any funding for it in NASA's FY2018 budget request.  Read More

24 August 2017: NASA Should Continue its Large Strategic Missions to Maintain United States' Global Leadership in Space: NASA's large strategic missions like the Hubble Space Telescope, the Curiosity rover on Mars, and the Terra Earth observation satellite are essential to maintaining the United States' global leadership in space exploration and should continue to be a primary component of a balanced space science program that includes large, medium, and smaller missions, says a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. However, controlling the costs of these large missions remains vital in order to preserve the overall stability of the program, the report finds.  Read More

23 August 2017: Trump Lags Predecessors in Naming Science Agency Leaders: To date, President Trump has retained the directors of the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, but has not appointed a science advisor or nominated heads for most of the federal science agencies. This pace puts him behind his predecessors, who had completed most of these appointments by the summers of their first years in office.  Read More

23 August 2017: Department of Energy Announces 21 New Projects to Develop High-Performance Circuits for Industrial, Consumer Use: The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $30 million in funding for 21 innovative projects as part of the Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semiconductors (CIRCUITS) program. CIRCUITS project teams will accelerate the development and deployment of innovative electric power converters that save energy and give the United States a critical technological advantage in an increasingly electrified economy.  Read More

21 August 2017: FY18 Appropriations Bills: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: The Senate spending bill's 2 percent cut to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is modest in comparison to the double-digit cuts proposed in the House bill and the Trump administration's budget request.  Read More

18 August 2017: White House Releases R&D Priorities for its Next Budget Request: Following precedent, the White House has released its memo to federal agencies signaling its R&D priorities for the president's fiscal year 2019 budget request. Among its directions, the memo calls for fiscal restraint and reinforces the administration's commitment to rolling back support for later-stage R&D and technology commercialization.  Read More

17 August 2017: Trump R&D Priorities Include Military Space Systems: Two White House offices issued guidance to federal agencies today in formulating their FY2019 budget requests on the Trump Administration's research and development (R&D) priorities. Civil space activities are not on the list, but military space systems are briefly mentioned.  Read More

15 August 2017: NIST Crafts Next-Generation Safeguards for Information Systems and the Internet of Things: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new draft revision of its widely used Special Publication (SP) 800-53,Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations. Developed by a joint task force consisting of representatives of the civil, defense and intelligence communities, the draft fifth revision of SP 800-53 represents an ongoing effort to produce a unified information security framework for the federal government.  Read More

11 August 2017: FY18 Appropriations Bills: National Nuclear Security Administration: The House and Senate appropriations bills for the National Nuclear Security Administration would provide much of the Trump administration's requested 10 percent increase to weapons-related research, development, test, and evaluation activities.  Read More

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