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House Committee Passes COMPETES
On April 22, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, H.R. 1806, which authorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and research at the Department of Energy (DOE) for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, along a party-line vote. [ more ]
Scientific Community Objects to Provisions in the COMPETES Reauthorization
Multiple coalitions of scientific societies, universities, and businesses that include GSA have sent letters objecting to provisions in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, including cuts to gesocience funding. See letters from the Task Force on American Innovation, Coalition for National Science Funding, Energy Sciences Coalition and Geoscience Societies.
NSF's Geosciences Directorate Helps Protect Lives, Business, and Infrastructure
Geoscience societies, including GSA, sent a letter to the House and Senate that shows how "investment in geoscience research is essential to the well-being and property of the United States."
Support for NSF
On March 5, the Coalition for National Science Funding, an alliance of over 140 professional organizations, universities, and business - including GSA - sent a statement to Members of Congress in support of a $7.7 billion appropriation for NSF for FY 2016.
Climate Scientists Meet with Policy Makers on Capitol Hill
Climate Scientists from around the country came to Capitol Hill on February 10-11 for the 5th Annual Climate Science Day (CSD). This two-day event, organized by GSA and 12 other scientific organizations, is designed to open a dialogue with congressional offices about climate change.
Support for Data Preservation
GSA signed a letter initiated by the Association of American State Geologists in support of reauthorizing the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP), an initiative within the U.S. Geological Survey to protect and disseminate important geologic data to the public.
Scientific Societies Concerned About Recent Inquiry
GSA joined 6 other scientific societies to send a letter to House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raul Grijalva to "express concern with what appears, on its face, to be an overly broad inquiry for financial records and other files."
Support for Legislation to Increase Science Funding
Through the Close the Innovation Deficit campaign, GSA joined 120 members of a coalition to commend Sen. Durbin (D-IL) for introducing the American Innovation Act. This legislation would significantly increase investments in key federal science agencies and programs, including NSF, DOE, NIST, DOD and NASA, "that conduct vital research that is essential to the nation’s long-term economic growth and national security, as well as the quality of life of all Americans."
FY 2016 Request Proposes Increases for Geoscience Research
Increases are proposed for many agencies and programs of interest to the geoscience community in the Administration's FY 2016 budget request. Because the overall budget request exceeds the spending caps set by the Budget Control Act, these increases, in R&D and other categories, face a difficult road to implementation in Congress during the appropriations process.
Support for USGS Minerals Science
GSA joined members of the Minerals Science and Information Coalition to send a letter "to express support for the current initiatives and activities of the National Minerals Information Center"
Scientific Societies Thank Senate Appropriators
A coalition of scientific societies, including GSA, thanked the leaders of the Senate Committee on Appropriations for ensuring "that the final FY 2015 appropriations bill did not prohibit spending on or block public access to information from federal climate science programs such as the U.S. Global Change Research Program."
Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction Needed
GSA joined more than 2,100 national, state, and local organizations in signing a letter to Congress and the President urging them to work together to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. The letter emphasizes (1) the importance of nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs, (2) the harmful effects of budget cuts to date, and (3) the equal importance of both defense and nondefense programs in America’s security at home and abroad, and thus the need for equal sequestration relief.
GSA Council Approves Position Statements
GSA Council adopted one new position statement on "The Role of the Geoscientist in Building and Maintaining Infrastructure." A revision to the "Integrating Geoscience with Sustainable Land-Use Management" statement was also approved.
Science Funding Sees Small Increases in FY15 Budget
After heated debate in the House and Senate, the appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on 16 Dec. 2014. Nicknamed the “CRomnibus,” the 1,600-page law combines a continuing resolution (CR) and a large omnibus spending bill that authorizes $1.1 trillion of government spending for FY15.
Roles of the Geology and Public Policy Committee, the Geology and Society Division, and GSA's Washington, D.C., Office
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Kasey S. White
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