National Science Foundation Press Release
"New Steps to Enhance Transparency and Accountability at the National Science Foundation." December 3, 2014

NSF SBE Reauthorization
America COMPETES and FIRST Act


NEW: House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Approves the FIRST Act

The America COMPETES and FIRST act of 2014  are two authorization bills for the National Science Foundation (NSF) currently in Congress. The SBE Community is particular troubled by the FIRST act and its implications for the SBE Directorate and its encroachment upon the peer-review system. 


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NSF Political Science Program Funding
National Science Foundation Political Science Program Funding

In March, 2013 Senator Coburn (R-OK) introduced an amendment (SA 65) to H.R. 933 (Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013).

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High Quality Research Act
High Quality Research Act

Jennifer Glass: "Social research funding cuts wound Texas" November 25, 2013. 

Representative Smith (R-TX 21), Chairman, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, has drafted legislation that would significantly restrict the types of research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEW: NHA is seeking support for Senate and House Dear Colleague Letters in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States and provides critical support for research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.   Advancing the NEH and protecting its support for national research programs is one of APSA's top priorities.

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Support for International Education

Support for International Education

Title VI of the Higher Education Act Programs. 

The Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs at the US Department of Education support development of national capacity for international understanding and foreign language education, including supporting National Research Centers, Area Overseas Research Centers, and related programs.

Title VIII of the Soviet-Eastern European Research and Training Act Programs. 
New: APSA joins the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) and others in a letter to Secretary Kerry to restore funding for the Title VIII program. 

Title VIII program at the U.S. Department of State provides American students interested in studying Eastern Europe and Eurasian languages with grants and language training. 

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NSF Slated for 5.2% Increase in President's FY 2016 Budget Request

The President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request to Congress, submitted February 2, includes a $7.7 billion request for the National Science Foundation, marking a 5.2% increase over the previous year. The request for NSF calls for $291.5 million for the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, a 7.1% increase. Read more about the budget request for the social sciences in this analysis from the Consortium of Social Science Associations.

Senate Updates

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Democrat Senate Floor Updates

Schedule for Friday, February 27, 2015

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, February 27, 2015. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.240, DHS appropriations. Prior to adjourning, Senator McConnell yielded back all post-cloture debate time and the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, was agreed to. Senator McConnell then offered Cochran amendment #255 (clean…

Agreement on HR 240, DHS/ Cloture filed on Collins immigration bill–series of votes at approx. 10:10am tomorrow

All post-cloture debate time was been yielded back and the Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to H.R.240, DHS appropriations, by voice vote. Senator McConnell then offered Cochran amendment #255 (clean DHS funding), filled the amendment tree with technical amendments, and filed cloture on the underlying bill. He then moved to proceed to S.534…

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House Updates

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House Floor Updates

Legislative Day Of February 26, 2015 - 10:35:30 P.M.

The House received a communication from the Honorable Bud Shuster. Pursuant to section 3307 of Title 40, United States Code, Mr. Shuster notified the House that the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met in open session to consider resolutions to authorize 12 prospectuses, including three alteration projects and nine leases included in the General Services Administration's FY 2015 Capital Investment Leasing Program. Copies of the resolutions adopted by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastucture on February 12, 2015 are enclosed.

Legislative Day Of February 26, 2015 - 10:36:48 P.M.

The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on February 27, 2015.

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