News from The Hill


Events & Briefings

USGS Coalition Reception
Wednesday, 13 September 2023 • 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the U.S. Geological Survey, the nation’s premier natural sciences agency which conducts vital biological, geological, geographic, and hydrologic research. Learn more.

Posted 8/24/2023

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day
GEO-CVD will take place 13–14 September in Washington, D.C. Apply to attend by 4 August!
Learn more and apply.

Posted 7/17/2023

Experience Capitol Hill
Join the Geoscience and Public Policy in Washington, D.C., field trip during the 2023 Joint Southeastern & Northeastern Section Meeting.
Learn more and register.

Posted 1/25/2023


Engaging with Federal Agencies
Are you looking for more ways to put your geoscience expertise to use and engage with policymakers? You might already be familiar with GSA’s Congressional Visits Days, but there are also opportunities to make your voice heard in the Executive Branch of the U.S. government.

Posted 3/21/2023

A Framework for Federal Scientific Integrity Policy and Practice
The White House recently released a framework that provides resources for agencies to develop and improve scientific integrity policies, practices, and culture.

Posted 3/15/2023

Ocean, Hazards Bills Enacted into Law
In a flurry of activity just before the holidays, several science policy bills, mostly related to oceans and hazards, passed at the end of the 117th Congress and were signed into law.

Posted 2/17/2023

FY2023 Appropriations Bill Increases Funding for Scientific Agencies
At the end of 2022, Congress finalized fiscal year (FY) 2023 appropriations bill that funds research across federal agencies. These investments augment funds that were provided over the past year by the Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Posted 1/27/2023

Preventing Harassment in Isolated Scientific Environments: Takeaways for the Geoscience Community
On 1 Nov. 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted a roundtable discussion on preventing harassment in isolated scientific research environments.

Posted 1/26/2023

Letters & Testimony

GSA co-signs impact statement on proposed DOE budget
GSA joined other organizations in the Energy Sciences Coalition in signing a letter to Congress, which detailed the negative impacts that the House's proposed flat funding for the DOE Office of Science in FY 2024 would have.
Posted 8/10/2023

Multi-society letter affirms commitment to DEI in STEM
GSA joined nearly 50 organizations to sign a statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. (SFAI) v. President and Fellows of Harvard and SFAI v. University of North Carolina.
Posted 7/21/2023

GSA Comments on New NSF Directorate Priorities
GSA submitted input on priority areas for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP). 
Posted 7/10/2023

Coalition Supports National Science Foundation (NSF)
The Coalition for National Science Funding sent a letter asking congressional leaders to "set NSF on a funding trajectory to meet the major challenges our nation faces and ensure success for our future competitiveness, security, and resilience."
Posted 6/30/2023

Letter Urging Congress to reject cuts to non-defense discretionary appropriations
GSA joined more than 700 organizations to sign a letter to calling on Congress to reject cuts to non-defense discretionary appropriations.
Posted 5/19/2023

GSA Submits Testimony Supporting USGS
The testimony notes that increases in funding "will allow the USGS to implement new initiatives, maintain the base funding for critical research and monitoring, fill vacant positions, and address deferred maintenance on existing facilities."
Posted 5/19/2023

GSA Submits Testimony Supporting NSF and NASA
GSA submitted testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee supporting "increased investments in geoscience research and education at NSF and NASA."
Posted 4/18/2023

Support for Geoscience in Higher Education
GSA Executive Director and CEO Melanie Brandt sent GSA's Expanding and Improving Geoscience in Higher Education position statement to Utica University.
Posted 4/10/2023

Geologist Licensure
GSA President Mark Little sent a letter to express concern about legislation that would discontinue Professional Geoscientist Licensure in South Carolina.
Posted 4/10/2023

National Quantum Initiative Act Reauthorization Recommendations to Congress
The Energy Sciences Coalition sent a letter to congressional leaders with recommendations for Department of Energy provisions in the legislation.
Posted 3/28/2023

Support for Microbiome Research
GSA signed a letter to Congress supporting interagency coordination and strategic planning for microbiome research.
Posted 3/28/2023

Statements Supporting Science in FY24 Budget
Multiple coalitions supported by GSA — The Energy Sciences Coalition, Coalition for National Science Funding, and Task Force on American Innovation — issued statements on the FY24 budget.
Posted 3/20/2023

Support for NASA Funding
GSA signed a letter from the Coalition for Aerospace and Science asking NASA funding to be "no less than $25.97 billion" in fiscal year 2023.
Posted 1/25/2023

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