Issues

Below are current issues and communications developed to help advance the policy goals of the materials community.

Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY2015 »

Letter from the Task Force on American Innovation requesting Congress to pass an Omnibus Appropriations bill for FY2015 with strong funding levels for research and higher education. (November 2014)

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Close the Innovation Deficit »

113 national organizations have signed a letter to Congress urging the enactment of an omnibus FY15 appropriations bill that provides strong funding for research and higher education.  For additional information, please go to the Close the Innovation Deficit website at http://www.innovationdeficit.org/. (November 2014) 

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Office of Management and Budget Policy on Federal Employee Travel »

Letter to the Director of OMB from National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine requesting OMB 12-12 be modified to maintain the effectiveness and productivity of the scientific research enterprise. (October 2014)

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APS-MRS Response Letter to OSTP on Critical Minerals RFI »

APS-MRS Response Letter to OSTP on Request for Information to Inform Strategy on Critical Materials Letter to Cyrus Wadia, OSTP, from APS and MRS Presidents on critical and strategic materials supply chains and their importance to America. (September 2014)

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Senate Introduction of America Competes Act Reauthorization Bill »

A letter of thanks from the Coalition for National Science Foundation to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee for acknowledging the importance of NSF and its dedication to funding research and education. (September 2014)

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MRS Public Comment on the MGI Strategic Plan »

The MRS long-term commitment to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary materials research and technology is consistent with MGI’s goal of integrated materials research linking computation, data, and experiment across academia, government and industry (August 2014).The MGI Strategic Plan may be viewed here: http://www.nist.gov/mgi/upload/MGI-StrategicPlan-2014.pdf.

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FIRST Act »

Letter from MRS President to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee leadership regarding the FIRST Act, part of America COMPETES legislation that represents a foundational piece of the federal commitment to the American scientific enterprise. (August 2014)

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Scientific and Engineering Group Letter on S_ 1347 »

Coburn-Heitkamp substitute to Senate Bill 1347, Conference Accountability Act of 2013 Multi-Society letter to Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs expressing concern about the current and proposed restrictions on the ability of federal and contractor scientists and engineers to participate in scientific and technical conferences. (July 2014)

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Energy Critical Elements Act of 2014 »

Letter from MRS President to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Leadership in support of H.R. 1022, Energy Critical Elements Act of 2014, to enhance the future U.S. position in critical minerals and materials.  (July 2014)  

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AAAS R&D Budget Analysis with Materials Science Chapter 2015 »

MRS contributes a materials chapter for the AAAS R&D Budget book that assesses the proposed federal government budget for FY2015. The full report may be viewed at the AAAS website: http://www.aaas.org/page/aaas-report-xxxix-research-and-development-fy-2015 (May 2014)

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Driving Innovation Through Federal Investments »

Letter to Senate Committee on Appropriations thanking the Committee for holding a hearing on how federal investments in scientific research and engineering drive innovation. (April 2014)

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Close the Innovation Deficit with Strong Federal Investments in Research »

50 leading business, higher education, scientific, and patient organizations urge members of Senate Appropriations Committee panel to make strong, sustained investments in research in order to Close the Innovation Deficit. (April 2014)

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Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013 »

Joint support letter from APS and MRS to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (March 2014)

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Task Force on American Innovation–Close the Innovation Deficit »

Letter from TFAI urging Congressional Leadership to take significant steps during the FY 2015 appropriations process to help close the innovation deficit and maintain our nation’s innovation and economic leadership. (February 2014)

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R&D in the FY 2014 OMNIBUS »

Early assessments of how federal R&D funding will ultimately fare in FY 2014.  Prepared by AAAS. (January 2014)

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OMB Federal Travel Restrictions »

Letter from the MRS President and Executive Director to Senators Carper and Coburn on the impact OMB federal travel restrictions have on the national research enterprise and our innovation-based economy. (January 2014)

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Archived Issues »

Archived issues and communications developed to help advance the policy goals of the materials science community

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