Keeping an Eye on Washington

Capitol in autumn

Keep up with developments in Washington on GSA's website, Speaking of Geoscience blog and twitter feed, participate in congressional visits days, read about life on Capitol Hill from the perspective of the GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow, engage with GSA's Geology and Society Division, use GSA's position statements and critical issues in communications with elected officials, meet with elected officials in your district, and more!

GSA Position Statements

Recently approved: minor revisions for Managing U.S. Coastal Hazards Position Statement

What is a Position Statement?

Critical Issues

Hydraulic Fracturing
Induced Seismicity


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Who's Who?

Roles of GSA Policy Entities

Events & Briefings

Aerospace Industries Association
Showcase of NASA Partnerships & Collaboration

GSA will feature NASA Earth Science research at this 25 July Capitol Hill event.

Posted 7/20/2018

AGI Webinar on Managing Groundwater Storage
Managing Groundwater Storage

Attend this FREE Critical-Issues webinar from the American Geosciences Institute on Wednesday July 18 at 1:00pm EDT (cosponsored by GSA).

Posted 6/20/2018

Volcano Monitoring
Volcano Monitoring:

Reducing the Risks of Volcanic Hazards for Society
The Congressional Hazards Caucus and Hazards Caucus Alliance are holding a congressional briefing on volcano monitoring on Monday, 25 June 2018.

Posted 6/15/2018

Sizing Up SinkholesSizing Up Sinkholes:
Science and Technology to Mitigate Karst Hazards
The Congressional Hazards Caucus and Hazards Caucus Alliance are holding a congressional briefing on Monday, 7 May at 2 pm (Capitol Visitors Center, SVC201).

Posted 4/24/2018


What’s in Store for FY 2019 Federal Science Spending?
Congress is currently in the process of working through the 12 appropriation bills that will determine the federal funding for fiscal year 2019. As of the July 4 congressional recess, funding bills that cover NSF, NASA, NOAA, DOI and EPA have moved in both the House and the Senate.

Posted 7/19/2018

At Long Last, FY 2018 Spending Bills Provide Increases for Science
The Administration’s budget request at the start of the FY 2018 spending cycle signaled that a difficult year was ahead for the scientific community. Following the the Bipartisan Budget Act in late February, the final spending bill was signed into law on March 23, and  provides increases for science across the board.

Posted 3/23/2018

Research and Technology Subcommittee Tackles the Issue of Sexual Harassment
On 27 February 2018, four witnesses appeared before the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology during a hearing entitled A Review of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in Science. During the opening statements, Chairwoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Ranking Member Dan Lipinski (D-IL) explained that the hearing was being held to explore how misconduct, specifically sexual harassment, is affecting the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in STEM fields, and how different stakeholders are responding to the problem.

Posted 3/2/2018

Testimony & Letters

Increases for DOE Science in FY2019
Through its membership in The Task Force on American Innovation and Energy Sciences Coalition, GSA thanked congressional leaders for their "strong support" of DOE's Office of Science, citing the 5 percent increase for the Office of Science and 4 percent increase for ARPA-E in FY2019.

Posted 9/25/2018

Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act
GSA signed a statement of support by the Energy Sciences Coalition (ESC) for the Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act. This bill affirms the DOE "Office of Science’s important contributions to the United States’ economic competitiveness, energy security and national security."

Posted 8/27/2018

Support for OSTP Director Nominee
GSA joined science, engineering and academic organizations to express support for the nomination of Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier as Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy. GSA also signed a letter that urges Congress "to move rapidly to vote on the nomination of OSTP director."

Posted 8/24/2018