NSF SBE Reauthorization
America COMPETES and FIRST Act


NEW: APSA Endorses Letter by the Coalition of National Science Funding (CNSF) Opposing the FIRST Act (H.R. 4186)

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

NEW: Jeffrey Mervis: "U.S. Political Scientists Relieved That Coburn Language is Gone" Science Magazine, January 23, 2014

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" Statesman.com 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 Reauthorization Update 

The House Subcommittee on Research and Technology reported out the FIRST Act (H.R. 4186).  In reauthorizing the National Science Foundation (NSF), the bill provides for (among other things):

  • specific funding levels for each of the NSF directorates, which is a dramatic departure from previous reauthorization bills;
  • the targeted and dramatic reduction in funding for the Directorate of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE);
  • administrative burdens on researchers that add unnecessary and costly layers of bureaucracy to NSF procedures; and,
  • the micromanagement of the NSF peer-review process, which is the model for merit review around the globe.

Unlike the COMPETES Act of 2010, which presented a coherent vision for the future of the national science agenda – in no small part based on recommendations from the scientific community  -- the FIRST Act is notable for its lack of vision and its distrust of science and scientists.  

APSA, a member of COSSA and CNSF, has joined the scientific community in opposition to the FIRST Act.

Senate Updates

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Schedule for Monday, April 28, 2014

Schedule for Monday, April 28, 2014 The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, April 28, 2014. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business until 5:30pm, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each and with the time equally divided and controlled between the…

Wrap up for Friday, April 11, 2014

Wrap Up for Friday, April 11, 2014 NO Roll Call Votes   Legislative items S. Res. 423, Designating April 2014 as “Financial Literacy Month”   Notwithstanding the Senate’s recess, committees are authorized to report Legislative and Executive matters on Friday, April 25th, from 10am until noon.   Additional Executive items   The Senate confirmed the…

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Legislative Day Of April 10, 2014 - 1:45:52 P.M.

The House adjourned pursuant to S. Con. Res. 35. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on April 28, 2014.

Legislative Day Of April 10, 2014 - 1:45:51 P.M.

On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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