Our Hearing Summaries
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on June 4, 2013 about the Obama Administration's proposal to restructure U.S. government programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Under the proposal, many NASA education and public outreach activities would be terminated or transferred to other agencies. Witnesses were:
A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the hearing was published on June 5, 2013.
The Science and Space Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on May 16, 2013 on Partnerships to Advance the Business of Space. Witnesses were:
SpacePolicyOnline.com published two articles summarizing different aspects of the hearing on May 20, 2013.
Two subcommittees of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on May 9, 2013 on "ExoPlanet Discoveries: Have We Found Other Earths? " Witnesses were Laurance Doyle of the SETI Institute, John Grunsfeld, NASA Associate Administrator for Science Mission Directorate, and Jim Ulvestad, National Science Foundation Director of Division of Astronomical Sciences. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on May 9, 2013.
The Strategic Forces Subcommittees of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and House Armed Services Committee (HASC) held hearings on April 24 and April 25, 2013 respectively on the FY2014 budget requests for military/national security space programs. SpacePolicyOnline.com published three articles summarizing various aspects of these hearings:
The Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) held a hearing on the FY2014 budget request for national security space activities on April 25, 2013. One of the topics discussed was the somewhat surprising revelation that the Department of Defense is using a Chinese communications satellite for services needed for a particular area of operations. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on April 27, 2013.
The Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on NASA's FY2014 budget request on April 25, 2013. The hearing was quite short, just 45 minutes, because of a briefing Senators needed to attend. In that short time, the questions posed to NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden focused on funding for the Space Launch System versus commercial crew, the consequences for NASA if sequestration remains in place beyond FY2013, and the status of the James Webb Space Telescope. Bolden said that if the sequester remains in force in FY2014, he would probably have to furlough civil servants and "all bets are off" for NASA's programs. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on April 25.
The Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on NASA's FY2014 budget request on April 24, 2013. NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden was the witness. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on April 24. Major topics discussed were
The Subcommittee on Science and Space of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on April 23, 2013 on Challenges and Opportunities in Human Spaceflight. Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Spaceflight; Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford (Ret.); and Steve Cook, Director, Space Technologies, Dynetics, were the witnesses. The hearing addressed NASA's FY2014 budget request for human spaceflight including the new asteroid retrieval strategy to capture an asteroid, place it into lunar orbit, and send astronauts to obtain a sample. It also looked at international cooperation in future human spaceflight missions and the role of the private sector. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on April 23.
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on April 17, 2013 on the FY2014 budget request for federal research and development. The witness was John Holdren, the President's Science Adviser and the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. On April 18, 2013, SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the portions of the hearing that discussed NASA as well as separate comments by committee chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) the next day in an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle.
The House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee held a hearing on March 20, 2013 with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. Ordinarily, this would be the hearing where NASA and the subcommittee discussed the budget request for the upcoming fiscal year, but the Obama Administration has not yet submitted that request. Instead the hearing focused on subcommittee chairman Rep. Frank Wolf's (R-VA) deep concern about Chinese access to NASA facilities and information, and generally on the budget situation at NASA. SpacePolicyOnline.com published a summary of the hearing on March 20, 2013.