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Question: The US government is partially shut down, what does that mean for awards made under Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) Solicitation: NNH15ZDA010C?

Answer: NASA is currently closed due to a lapse in Government funding. Most civil servants are on furlough status; therefore unable to respond to messages. The civil servants at NASA Headquarters, Wallops, Ames, Armstrong, Langley, Kennedy, etc. who work the USIP CAN are not available...

NASA centers across the country are opening their doors Monday, Feb. 12, to media and social media for “State of NASA” events, including a speech from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, and unique opportunities for a behind-the-scenes look at the agency’s work. These events follow President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal delivery to the U.S. Congress.  . . Lightfoot will provide a “State of NASA” address to the agency’s workforce at 1 p.m. EST from Marshall Space Flight...

How can the federal government better engage citizens?

 Federal agencies are using "open innovation" tools to leverage the knowledge and skills of people outside government. Using dedicated websites and in-person outreach, agencies have worked with the public to rebuild communities after Hurricane Sandy, improve methods to find asteroids that could threaten the Earth, and reduce the amount of time required for highway construction projects.

We identified 7 practices that agencies can...

Why GAO Did This Study

The federal government spends more than $600 billion a year on grants to fund a wide range of programs and services, including those related to social services, education, and health care. To better integrate evidence and rigorous evaluation in federal grantmaking, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has encouraged federal agencies to use tiered evidence grant programs.

Recommendation: To facilitate collaboration and identify and broadly disseminate...

 The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and several agencies such as the Department of Eduction's  Institute for Education Sciences (IES) are sponsoring under the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine a 1-day, public workshop, on October 27, 2016 9AM to 4:30 PM eastern (the calendar uses Central time) to comment on existing high-level guidelines for federal program evaluation, which generally reference...

July 22, 2016

On 22 July The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the following:


Federal Research Grants: Opportunities Remain for Agencies to Streamline Administrative Requirements.
GAO-16-573, June 22


The four white papers were prepared by staff from OMB, with assistance from staff at other Federal agencies. While the attached are probably more than you want to know you may want to take a look at it as your schedules permit. The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking will convene its first public meeting on July 22 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The meeting is open to the public, and will be conducted at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Building, Room NAS-120 at 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.,...

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Public Notice

July 15, 2016                                                                                                      Contact:

WASHINGTON – The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking will convene its first public meeting on July 22 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The meeting is open to the public, and will be conducted at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Building, Room NAS-120 at 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.


imageBecause of inclement weather in the Washington area, NASA's Fiscal Year 2015 budget media briefing on Tuesday, March 4 now will be a teleconference. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and NASA Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson will brief reporters starting at 2 p.m. EST.

Media can participate by dialing into a phone bridge instead of having to be in person at a NASA center.

Audio and visuals from the media teleconference will be carried live on NASA's Internet homepage and on...

NASA has released its guidance for doing education and public outreach in the 2014 Federal Fiscal Year with funds from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Heliophysics division. It is attached.

Note that you can find impacts on students, teachers and the public from these Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs here:


NASA has always had education as its charge. But according to the following article, the National Institute for Health (NIH) "has never been in the business of supporting precollege science education and promoting health literacy to the public" and will cease all elementary and secondary school education efforts as of October 1, 2013.

NIH Education (under the Federal Agency of Health and Human Services) was...

The President's proposed FY'14 budget includes major changes and restructuring of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) at NASA and other federal agencies. These proposed changes will have a significant impact on STEM education at NASA and the Science Mission Directorate (SMD).

In the President's proposed budget for FY14 and going forward:

  • SMD education and outreach funds are eliminated.
  • Individual science mission budgets are...

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This page includes input provided to the NASA Astrophysics Subcommittee on Astrophysics E/PO topics.