The DPS Federal Relations Subcommittee (FRS) is dedicated to maintaining informational links between the DPS membership, the government agencies that support research, and the congressional committees that allocate funding. Contact the FRS Subcommittee.
The FRS is not a lobbying agent of the DPS. It exists to inform DPS members about the timing and direction of budgetary decisions to DPS members and to communicate the priorities of the DPS to government officials. The FRS keeps the DPS membership aware of the status of the federal budget as it relates to solar system research and facilitates efforts by the membership to express their opinions to the government in a targeted and efficient manner. The FRS also tracks the allocation of funds within agencies of importance to the DPS and keeps the membership up to date on issues such as the status of individual programs and the number and beneficiaries of unfunded earmarks in the budget. One of the ways that the FRS informs the DPS membership is via the Public Policy pages.
The membership of the FRS are appointed by the DPS Committee. Typically, FRS members serve for three year terms. Each year, as old FRS members retire from the subcommittee, the DPS committee selects one or more new FRS members and designates a chair from among the FRS committee roster. Beginning with the 2006 DPS meeting, the incoming DPS Vice Chair will serve for a one year term on the FRS.
Current FRS Members
|Kurt Retherford||2014||FRS Chair 2016-present|
|Amanda Hendrix||2017||DPS Vice Chair|
|Linda Spilker||2017||DPS Chair|
|Britney Schmidt||2012||ex officio|