Issues

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

Impact of Federal Conference and Travel Policies on Science and Technology »

Multi-organization letter to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee leadership expressing deep concerns about the impact of the Administration regulations and legislative initiatives related to government travel on the science and engineering enterprise and the pace of innovation. (April 2015)

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AAAS R&D Budget Analysis for FY2016 with Materials Science Chapter »

MRS contributes a materials chapter for the AAAS R&D Budget book that assesses the proposed federal government budget for FY2016. The full report may be viewed at the AAAS website: http://www.aaas.org/fy16budget/federal-rd-fy-2016-budget-overview. (April 2015)

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National Minerals Information Center (NMIC) »

Letter from the Minerals Science and Information Coalition to Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), commending USGS and NMIC for work as the primary national source of minerals science and information. (February 2015)

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Administration’s Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Budget for US DOE »

Letter to Director, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), requesting OMB provide robust and sustained funding for the US DOE Office of Science. (November 2014)

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Appropriations for US DOE ARPA-E »

Letter to U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committee Chairs from the Energy Sciences Coalition urging high priority be given to funding for critical scientific research supported by the DOE ARPA-E. (November 2014)

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Confirmation Hearings for US DOE Posts »

Letter to Senator Harry Reid from the Energy Sciences Coalition requesting prompt confirmation of nominees for the Under Secretary for Science and Energy and Director of the Office of Science at the US DOE. (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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Coalition for National Security Research – FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill »

Letter from the Coalition for National Security Research urging Congress to include strong investments in the U.S. Department of Defense Science and Technology FY2015 accounts. (November 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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