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Subject:

Help US science research budgets (fwd)

From:

Anna Krylov <[log in to unmask]>

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Anna Krylov <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sun, 21 Jan 2007 19:10:39 -0800

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Colleagues, apologies for crossposting. It takes 2 minutes to act on this
important request -- APS has an excellent webtool setup for bombarding
congressmen with emails.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2007 19:24:12 +0000 (UT)
From: [log in to unmask]
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Request from Judy Franz, APS: Help science research budgets

From :   Judy Franz, Executive Officer of APS
To   :   APS members
Re   :   Member Alert: http://www.aps.org/policy/tools/alerts/fy07.cfm

I'm writing to ask your help in urging Congress to enact increases for
the budgets of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department
of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, and the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) STRS account in the upcoming
Continuing Resolution for FY07.  These increases are critical for
preserving the health of science and education programming at these
three agencies.

Please go to this URL to quickly and easily send an email to your
Member of Congress:

http://www.aps.org/policy/tools/alerts/fy07.cfm
(See Pointers below.)

Background: Congress did not pass the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 budget
before the start of the fiscal year on October 1.  Consequently, the
NSF, the DOE Office of Science and NIST are currently operating at
the FY06 levels, despite strong bipartisan support for significant
increases that had been proposed in the FY07 budget.  Before
adjourning in December, the 109th Congress passed a Continuing
Resolution (CR) that funds the federal government at FY06 levels
through Feb 17th.  The leadership of both the House and the Senate
has already announced their plan to pass a yearlong spending
resolution in lieu of the outstanding appropriations bills when the
110th Congress convenes.  The spending resolution, if left unchanged,
will extend FY06 funding levels for the entirety of FY07.

The year-long extension of the FY06 funding levels could have severe
effects on the science and education programs in the US:

*  There will be a significant reduction in operations or a complete
shutdown at some key national user facilities that academic and
industrial researchers from around the country rely on.  (See
http://www.aps.org/policy/issues/research-funding/doe-analysis.cfm
for a more detailed discussion of the DOE situation.)
*  Scientific and technical staffing at the national laboratories may
suffer reductions in force, since the FY06 funding levels do not
account for salary-adjusted inflation.
*  University grants will be notably reduced
*  At NSF, there will be a 10% reduction in the number of new research
grants, a loss of 40 planned Graduate Fellowships and $439 million in
missed opportunities for scientific discoveries. (See
http://www.aps.org/policy/issues/research-funding/nsf.cfm for a more
detailed list of the effects that will be felt by NSF)
*  At DOE, university grants could be cut by 10% or more.  Due to the
significant cut in funding of the Office of Science in FY06, DOE has
been operating below FY05 levels.  The proposed Continuing Resolution
would extend these difficult levels through October 2007.

It is possible that Congress will make some adjustments for select
agencies when they pass the yearlong resolution.  It is conceivable
that funds will be added to the NSF budget.  Congress is more likely
to allow DOE and the Department of Commerce to reprogram their
allocations to fund the DOE Office of Science and NIST at the proposed
FY07 levels, since the overall increases in the proposed FY07 budgets
over FY06 for those two agencies is very small and it is the
reallocation within the agency that is critical for science.  If
either or both of these actions are to be taken, however, it is vital
that scientist constituents  urge their Members of Congress to do so.
Communications from constituents are a very effective tool in
influencing Members of Congress and are an important source of
leverage for the APS Washington Office.

Please take a moment to write your Member of Congress and strongly
urge them to include the FY07 funding levels for these three agencies
in the yearlong Continuing Resolution, by simply clicking this link:

http://www.aps.org/policy/tools/alerts/fy07.cfm

POINTERS:
(1) Individualizing your letter is not essential.  (2) If you are a
government employee, please do not use government resources to send
a communication. (3) Using the above link to send your messages is
straightforward and fast; the system can be used with most web
browsers, but works best with Windows and a recent version of Internet
Explorer or Firefox.  (4) Your browser will take you to a page where
you will enter your name and address.   (5) After entering your
address, click the "Edit/Send Email button."  A window with an
individual email message to the five offices will appear. Click "Send
Emails" to transmit the communication.  (6) Electronic submission is
preferred.  (7) For technical help, write to [log in to unmask]



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