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Events & Briefings

Register by 29 April for the 25th Annual CNSF Exhibition & Reception taking place on Tuesday, 30 April 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Posted 3/26/2019

Put Your Science Into Action at the Geoscience and Society Summit
Cosponsored by GSA, the Geoscience and Society Summit will create a forum using scientific information to tackle global and local challenges around sustainability of natural resources and systems, global health, and resilience.

Posted 1/28/2019

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Showcase of NASA Partnerships & Collaboration

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

Posted 7/20/2018


Final Legislation Passed by 115th Congress
During the lame-duck session of the 115th Congress, Congress was able to pass several geoscience-related bills that have been signed into law.

Posted 1/10/2019

U.S. Senate Confirms Key Science Positions
On the last full day of the 115th Congress, the U.S. Senate voted to approve several White House nominations, including Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier to be director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Posted 1/8/2019

Bill to be Signed into Law to Reauthorize the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program
A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), S. 1768, was sent to the President’s desk on 27 November 2018. NEHRP was established by the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 to improve the understanding of earthquakes and their effects, develop methods to reduce the impacts of earthquakes, and improve communities’ earthquake resilience.

Posted 11/28/2018

Testimony & Letters

Raise the Caps
GSA signed a letter to congressional leaders calling for "a two-year bipartisan budget agreement that increases the spending caps for discretionary programs" that will make it possible to maintain key federal investments in America’s science and engineering enterprise.

Posted 3/28/2019

GSA Advocates for Geoscience Funding
GSA Director for Geoscience Policy Kasey White testified in support of the U.S. Geological Survey on 26 February. GSA also submitted testimony in support of geoscience research at NSF and NASA and signed letters by the Energy Sciences Coalition and Coalition for National Science Funding asking Congress to invest in research at DOE and NSF.

Posted 3/14/2019

Increases for NSF Funding
GSA signed a letter thanking congressional leaders for increasing the National Science Foundation’s budget by 4 percent to $8.1 billion for fiscal year 2019.

Posted 3/7/2019