Overall funding for the Defense Department's science and technology budget would see about a $500 million reduction in the president's fiscal 2015 budget request, with grants and missile defense bearing the brunt of the cut, says a DoD official.
Prize competitions help drive innovation and incentivizes advancements in science, a group of scientists told a house panel. Though prizes don't replace research and development funding, they serve as another tool, scientists said at an April 9 House Science, Space and Technology research and technology subcommittee hearing.
NASA plans to put a man on Mars in the next 20 years and lob an asteroid into the moons orbit, a NASA administrator told a Senate panel. "Our architecture is designed for long-term human exploration of our solar system, including the goal of human missions to Mars," said NASA Associate Administrator William Gerstenmaier.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology doesn't take into account service demand when it issues funds to Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers. That leaves some centers short when demand is high, a March 27 Government Accountability Office report says.
Federal investment into science faces the prospect of being outspent by China within a decade, warns National Science Foundation Acting Director Cora Marrett. Based on current projections, it's likely that by 2022 China science budget will be larger than the U.S. budget, Marrett told appropriators during a March 27 hearing. "The rate of progress elsewhere is outpacing what we're undertaking," Marrett told a House Appropriations subcommittee.
The United States needs to make aggressive investments in supercomputing because other countries are gaining on us, said Patricia Dehmer, Energy Department's acting director of the science office.
Analysis of more than 200 crowdsourcing and contests run by federal agencies and departments finds that the format is used primarily to inform and educate the public about public management problems, not to solve complex, technical problems.
Electronic poll books have significantly streamlined the process of checking in at election polls, shortening the long lines usually expected on election day, said Linda Lamone, administrator of the Maryland State Board of Elections at a March 12 Senate Rules Committee hearing.
The Office of Personnel Management wants to make the job application process easier by streamlining its web-based job board so that it works better with individual agency hiring systems, OPM says in its Strategic IT Plan posted March 11.
President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposes $135.4 billion for research and development. The Defense Department would receive the largest chunk, about $64.4 billion.