Geology & Public Policy News Archive
GSA supports legislation to establish a Science Laureate of the United States to promote scientific research and education (H.R.1891).
Attend a Capitol Hill Briefing co-sponsored by GSA, 6 June. Innovative Strategies for Building a Diverse Scientific Workforce. To keep pace in a global economy the nation must develop and promote the talents of its entire population. [ view invitation ]
GSA is seeking applicants for its new Science Policy Fellowship Program which provides recent MS or PhD recipients the opportunity to work in the GSA Washington Office for one year.
[ position is now filled ]
GSA Supports NSF Merit Review Process
In a letter sent to members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation yesterday, GSA joined with a coalition of 110 scientific organizations to advocate that "NSF’s system of support for basic research be based upon excellence, competitive scientific merit, and peer-review."
[ read letter ]
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.
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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.
GSA Supports Funding for NSF in Letter to Senate
The Task Force on American Innovation urges Senate support for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in S. 2323, the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013. [ read letter ]
As part of the USGS Coalition, GSA Advocates for Higher USGS Funding through a letter on FY 2013 appropriations that was sent to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee earlier today.
[ read letter ]
GSA Members on Capitol Hill
In April, GSA joined a host of science, engineering, and technology societies for Congressional Visits Day, which brought more than 200 scientists to Washington, D.C., to discuss the importance of research and development. After a day of briefings, scientists headed in teams to meet with Senators, Representatives, and their staff. Tanya del Valle, GSA's Geology and Public Policy Committee student member, participated for GSA and wrote a brief article about her experience. On 15 May, GSA joined other geoscience societies to participate in the Coalition for National Science Funding exhibit, highlighting geoscience research funded through NSF's Rapid Response Grants. Contact GSA Director for Geoscience Policy Kasey White if you are interested in participating in similar upcoming events.
GSA Panel seeks input on DRAFT Position Statement on "Rewarding Professional Contributions." The draft was published in June GSA Today. Comments and suggestions from GSA members are encouraged until 15 July 2012.
GSA Expresses Concern About Potential Travel Restrictions
GSA joined more than 50 scientific organizations to express concern about the impact of provisions that would place severe restrictions on government employees’ abilities to attend meetings and conferences, noting, “The free exchange of scientific ideas and information is crucial to advancing science and innovation, and conferences are a standard mechanism for the transfer of information among scientists and engineers.” [ read letters ]
GSA Signs Letter Thanking Congressional Leaders for Support of NSF
The Task Force on American Innovation sends thanks for support for the scientific research and education programs in the Subcommittee’s FY 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
[ read letter ]