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!

More Events

Events & Briefings

    Watching the World briefing
  • Watching the World:
    Saving Lives Through Hazards Mapping and Monitoring. The Hazards Caucus Alliance, which includes GSA, presented a briefing on 6 April 2017 from 2–3 p.m. on Capitol Hill.Slides are available on the caucus website.
  • GSA and the March For Science
    The March for Science is scheduled for Earth Day, 22 April 2017, in Washington, D.C., with satellite events planned for many cities across the world. Many of the principles and goals of the March for Science align well with GSA’s mission and our position statements. 
  • The Arc of Science: Research to Results
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) are sponsoring this 15 February event that will feature NSF-funded researchers whose work provides insights, products, or services to American citizens, businesses, and government.
More Articles


  • 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

  • GSA Reacts to FY18 Budget Request
    GSA issued a statement that it "is deeply concerned about the cuts to geoscience research proposed in the Administration's budget request." In addition, several scientific coalitions to which GSA belongs released statements on the budget, including the Task Force on American Innovation, an ad hoc coalition of nearly 150 organizations and the Coalition for Aerospace and Science.
  • Testimony Supports Geoscience Research Funding
    GSA joined 130 institutions to submit testimony in support of NSF, NOAA and NASA that emphasize the contributions geosciences make to national security, economic competitiveness, and public safety. GSA also submitted its own testimony supporting NSF and NASA. In addition, GSA joined members of the Energy Sciences Coalition to submit testimony in support of research at DOE’s Office of Science.
  • Scientific Community Recommendations for NSF, NASA Funding
    GSA joined prominent industry, university, and science organizations as part of the Coalition for Aerospace and Science (CAS) to call for "sustained federal investments in NASA" including "robust funding for the Earth Science Division to ensure continued support for key missions and programs" and the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) to recommend an $8 billion appropriation for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in FY2018. In addition, GSA joined 285 organizations to send a letter asking congressional leaders to “swiftly complete the FY 2017 appropriations process with robust investments in scientific research.”