Keeping an Eye on Washington

Keeping an Eye on Washington

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

Council approves revisions for seven Position Statements.

What is a Position Statement?

Meet Melanie Thornton
   Congressional Science Fellow
Meet Lindsay Davis
   Science Policy Fellow

Who's Who?

Roles of GSA Policy Entities

More Events

Events & Briefings

More Articles


  • Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal
    GSA affirms its position.
  • Science Agencies Fare Well in 2017
    More than halfway through Fiscal Year 2017, federal agencies finally have their appropriations. Signed into law on 5 May, the omnibus spending package slightly boosts spending at most science agencies. [more]
  • GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship
    from “The STEM Advocate: Eng Alumna Goes to Washington”
    Paczkowski [2016 CSF] says. “We were responding to a timely event and I worked with a variety of stakeholders to draft up the bill and I even got to drop it on the floor of the Senate the day we introduced it. My technical background allowed me to understand how the defeat devices worked and that knowledge was extremely useful when I worked on the bill with my fellow staffers.” [more]
    [about the fellowship]
More Testimony

Testimony / Letters

  • Concerns on Immigration Proclamation
    GSA signed a letter that that the "White House proclamation on visas and immigration has serious implications for diplomatic, humanitarian, and national security interests, in part because it weakens our U.S. science and engineering capacity."
  • Support for NSF Funding
    As part of the Coalition for National Science Funding, GSA signed a letter to Congress stating that "a balanced bipartisan budget agreement that raises the 2018 spending caps and makes prudent, adequate investments in scientific research and innovation would prevent budget gridlock and help grow the economy."
  • Joint Letter Regarding EPA Climate Science
    GSA and leaders of 17 other science societies are requesting a meeting with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, in response to reports that he is working to develop a “red team/blue team” process that challenges climate science.