- Senator Daniel Inouye (D-WI), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced in early February that his panel would not permit earmarks in the spending bills for fiscal years 2011 and 2012. This announcement means that both chambers of Congress and the President are unified in their opposition to earmarks. Republican leadership in the House of Representatives already banned earmarks, and President Obama pledged in his State of the Union address to "veto any legislation containing earmarks."
- The Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance) has published two new documents that demonstrate how scientist and others are utilizing natural science collections to advance research and inform solutions to current problems. The documents may be viewed and downloaded from the NSC Alliance website at http://nscalliance.org/?p=360
- The State Department is seeking experts to review the "Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters To Advance Climate Change Adaptation" of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Comments are due by 7 March. For more information, visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-2648.htm.
- Nominations are being solicited for the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee. The committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on policies, program issues, and research needed to conduct the Wildlife Services program. Nominations are due by 12 April. For more information, visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/2011-3141.htm.
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