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New COMPETES Reauthorization Bill Now Law

Greetings from D.C. Congress passed, and the President has now signed into law, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), S. 3084 , essentially reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act under a different name (with some changes in content, as would be expected). AICA joins a few other...
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New House Caucus on Earth and Space Sciences

Greetings from D.C. In early September, a new House caucus was formed with the purpose of “promot[ing] and broaden[ing] awareness of the societal, economic, and scientific advancements made possible by the earth and space sciences.” The House Caucus on Earth and Space Sciences is co-...
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NIST Issues NPRM for Bayh-Dole

Greetings from D.C. The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) just released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding various provisions of the Bayh-Dole Act (aka the University and Small Business Patent Act of 1980). It is currently seeking...
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NIST Releases 2013 Federal Tech Transfer Report

Greetings from D.C. In 2013, federal laboratories reported 8,703 CRADAs and 25,379 other types of joint research relationships, disclosed 5,307 new inventions, filed 2,507 patent applications, were issued 1,909 patents, and generated almost $185 million in income from 5,492 active income-bearing...
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OMB Issues Guidance for FY 2017 Budget (including S&T Priorities)

Greetings from D.C. Right on schedule, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued its two annual budget guidance memoranda to agency heads for the coming fiscal year: the overall guidance for FY 2017 submissions (issued May 1) and the multi-agency S&T priorities guidance for FY 2017 (...
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OMB Issues Guidance to Agencies for FY 2015 Budget Preparations

Greetings from D.C. In last month’s column I highlighted the FY 2014 federal budget release, which came a few months late this year (in a year chock-full of abnormal budgeting activities), signaling the starting point for discussions on the Hill and with the Administration that will lead to a...
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President Releases FY 2017 Budget (Including Federal R&D Budget)

Greetings from D.C. The President unveiled his FY 2017 federal budget on February 9. Included in the approximately $4 trillion budget is $152 billion for federal R&D overall, including a $6 billion, or 4 percent, increase from 2016 enacted levels. Within the total R&D funding proposal is $...
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President Releases FY 2018 Budget - Focus on Science Funding

Greetings from D.C. As reported in the last DC on T2 column , the recently signed omnibus budget bill funding the federal government for the remainder of FY 2017 was received with fairly positive reviews from the science community—namely, federal science funding did well in the final bill...

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