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Events & Briefings

Aerospace Industries Association
Showcase of NASA Partnerships & Collaboration

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

Posted 7/20/2018

AGI Webinar on Managing Groundwater Storage
Managing Groundwater Storage

Attend this FREE Critical-Issues webinar from the American Geosciences Institute on Wednesday July 18 at 1:00pm EDT (cosponsored by GSA).

Posted 6/20/2018

Volcano Monitoring
Volcano Monitoring:

Reducing the Risks of Volcanic Hazards for Society
The Congressional Hazards Caucus and Hazards Caucus Alliance are holding a congressional briefing on volcano monitoring on Monday, 25 June 2018.

Posted 6/15/2018

Sizing Up SinkholesSizing Up Sinkholes:
Science and Technology to Mitigate Karst Hazards
The Congressional Hazards Caucus and Hazards Caucus Alliance are holding a congressional briefing on Monday, 7 May at 2 pm (Capitol Visitors Center, SVC201).

Posted 4/24/2018


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

Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Urges the Completion of FY 2019 Appropriations
As a member of CNSF, GSA supports the letter that states, "A government shutdown that includes the NSF has the potential to delay important research, slow the development of training the next generation of scientists and engineers, and erode our ability to be the world’s leader in scientific discovery and innovation."

Posted 12/18/2018

Increases for DOE Science in FY2019
Through its membership in The Task Force on American Innovation and Energy Sciences Coalition, GSA thanked congressional leaders for their "strong support" of DOE's Office of Science, citing the 5 percent increase for the Office of Science and 4 percent increase for ARPA-E in FY2019.

Posted 9/25/2018

Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act
GSA signed a statement of support by the Energy Sciences Coalition (ESC) for the Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act. This bill affirms the DOE "Office of Science’s important contributions to the United States’ economic competitiveness, energy security and national security."

Posted 8/27/2018