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Funding for FY2013 Complete; FY2014 Underway
FY2013 were finally signed into law. This legislation locked in sequestration cuts of about 5% for non-defense discretionary spending, resulting in an $8.7 billion cut to defense and nondefense R&D. [ more details ]
GSA Endorses Guiding Principles
for the Reauthorization of America COMPETES
[ more ]
Science-Engineering-Tech Congressional Visits Day
While Congress was in the midst of finalizing spending levels for fiscal year 2013, GSA leadership visited Capitol Hill on 13 March to advocate for sustained funding for geoscience research.
[ more ]
GSA Submits Testimony Supporting NSF and NASA
GSA supports strong and sustained investments in earth science research and education at the NSF and NASA. GSA urges Congress to provide the NSF the same amount appropriated in FY12.
[ read testimony: House | Senate ]
GSA Participates in Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill
GSA member Noah Diffenbaugh and GSA Director for Geoscience Policy Kasey White joined nearly 50 scientists to participate in the third annual Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill on 27 February. The purpose of the 150 congressional visits was to provide a non-partisan opportunity for scientists of many disciplines to build relationships and provide members of Congress access to the best possible climate science information.
Speak Up for Science
Sign the petition to help protect federal funding for research and development. Together we can make a difference. Signatures are being accepted through Tuesday (2/26).
TFAI Urges Leadership to Stop the Pending Sequester
A letter signed by key Task Force on American Innovation member association CEOs was sent today to President Obama and Congressional leaders, urging a stop to sequestration.
[ read letter ]
The New Congress and Fiscal Issues
Although Congress and the Administration reached agreement on some of the tax issues in the flurry of “fiscal cliff” activity at the end of 2012, they were unable to resolve the looming cuts from sequestration, the debt limit, and the appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2013.
[ read more ]
USGS Coalition letter on sequestration
4 Jan. 2013 - Through USGS Coalition letter, GSA asks Congress and the White House to “do all you can to prevent additional cuts to the USGS” in the budget negotiations.
The Looming Cliff
Congress and the Obama Administration remain in negotiations to find a solution to the nation’s budget woes to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts at the beginning of 2013.
[ learn more about the “sequester” ]
What does the future of energy really hold?
Learn About GSA Switch Energy Awareness & Efficiency Program
- A viewing of Switch and a Q&A discussion with Dr. Scott Tinker was held at the McGlohon Theater in Charlotte, NC, on Monday, 5 Nov.
- A viewing of Switch and discussion with Director Harry Lynch was also held on 25 October 2012, at the AAAS Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Geoscientists Ask Congress for Continued, Sustained Science Funding
In mid-September, GSA members were part of a contingent of 50 geoscientists that came to Washington, D.C., for the 5th annual geoscience Congressional Visits Day. In more than 100 congressional meetings, participants highlighted the benefits of scientific research to the nation and asked for continued, sustained funding for the geosciences. [ full story ]
Task Force on American Innovation
GSA urges Congress “to keep our nation on an innovation path that makes it possible for our economy to grow and our citizens to prosper.” [ read letter ]
Science Funding Problems Ahead
Federal agencies are awaiting possible cuts of approximately 9% on 2 Jan. if Congress and the Administration do not reach agreement on deficit reduction. With no agreement in sight, and limited time after the election for Congress to devise a solution, agencies are bracing for a decline. [ more ]
GSA Endorses Science Debate
GSA recently endorsed Science Debate. This nonpartisan organization highlights the important role of science in policy issues. Read the answers from President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to questions submitted by Science Debate.
GSA Supports Rare Earth Research
Geoscience organizations applaud Bingaman, Murkowski, and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee for their efforts on the substitute amendment to S.1113 representing a vital step toward addressing the critical minerals challenges we face. [ read letter ]
"Rising to the Challenge: U.S. Innovation Policy for Global Economy"
This report from the National Academies notes that America's position as the source of much of the world's global innovation has been the foundation of its economic vitality and military power in the post-war. No longer is U.S. pre-eminence assured as a place to turn laboratory discoveries into ...
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Roles of the Geology and Public Policy Committee, the Geology and Society Division, and GSA's Washington, D.C., Office
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Contact GSA's Washington D.C. office any time
Kasey S. White
Director for Geoscience Policy
Geological Society of America
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Washington, DC 20005
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