Ranking Member Johnson (D-TX) Introduces America Competes Act of 2014
From Committee on Science, Space & Technology (3/6/14): "Today, Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced H.R. 4159, the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2014. In 2007, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology passed bipartisan, landmark legislation based on recommendations from the 2005 National Academies’ report Rising Above the Gathering Storm. The report found that the scientific and technological building blocks critical to our economic leadership were eroding at a time when many other nations were gaining strength. The America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010 continued the Committee’s commitment to strengthen American competitiveness through sustained investments in science, innovation, and education." Read the complete release.
Cuts to Behavioral and Social Science Funding Threatened
From SAGE Social Science Space (2/26/14): "The House Science Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), will introduce a bill in the coming weeks to reauthorize programs at the National Science Foundation. The Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) bill may include reductions in authorized funding levels for NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences." MPSA is working with COSSA and other associations to monitor potential legislation and will sent an alert when action is possible.
COSSA’s Analysis of the FY2014 Omnibus
The Consortium of Social Science Associations’ (COSSA) has analyzed the FY 2014 omnibus and shares its impact on National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the Bureau of Labor Statistics and others. Read the full report (.pdf)
The Role of Congress in Funding Social Science Research - Listen to the roundtable presented at the 2013 MPSA Conference. Participants included Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan, Chair; Susan Haire, University of Georgia; Brian Humes, National Science Foundation; Daniel Lipinski, U.S. House of Representatives; and Christopher Zorn, Pennsylvania State University.