APA Weighs in on NSF Reauthorization Bill in the House

The House Committee on Science and Technology marked up and approved H.R. 5116, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, which authorizes funding levels and programmatic guidelines for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and science offices within the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. APA government relations staff along with colleagues in larger scientific coalitions recommended language to committee staff, particularly relating to inclusion of the behavioral and social sciences at NSF and so-called “public access” requirements for scientific publishing.
This week, the House Committee on Science and Technology "marked up" and approved  H.R. 5116, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.  The bill authorizes funding levels and programmatic guidelines for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and science offices within the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, with an overall goal of increasing the nation's capacity for innovation and global competitiveness.  APA government relations staff, along with colleagues in larger scientific coalitions, have been actively involved in recommending language to committee staff as they drafted the bill and its accompanying report language, particularly relating to inclusion of the behavioral and social sciences at NSF and so-called "public access" requirements for scientific publishing.  The bill moves on for a full House vote while the Senate works on a companion bill for eventual conference negotiations with the House.