News from The Hill


Events & Briefings

Experiences of Being a Geoscience Congressional Fellow: A Primer for Applicants
Wed., 8 Dec., 3–4 p.m. EST
An opportunity to learn about the application process, what being a AAAS Congressional Science Fellow is like, and if it's the right opportunity for you. Learn more and attend.

Posted 12/3/2021

Minerals for the 21st Century Economy
Wed., 17 Nov., 1–2 p.m. ET
Please join the Coalition for Responsible Mineral Competitiveness for their inaugural virtual briefing about the critical minerals and materials essential for the 21st century economy. Learn more and register.

Posted 11/9/2021

Geoscience Policy Update Webinar
Join us for an update on science policy legislation and how you can get involved. Learn more and register.

Posted 10/4/2021

The Devastating Power of Tsunamis & What They Mean for the Coastal U.S.
Fri., 15 Oct., Noon–1 p.m. EDT
The Congressional Hazards Caucus and Hazards Caucus Alliance present this virtual briefing, which will highlight the science of tsunamis, their effects on coastlines and coastal communities, and how science and communities can work together to minimize human and economic losses. Learn more and register.

Posted 9/27/2021

Connecting Close to Home: Engaging Federal Policymakers in Your Community
Fri., 16 July, Noon–1 p.m. EDT
In this webinar, government relations experts will discuss how to schedule and prepare for a meeting with a congressional office in your community, as well as highlight other ways to engage your policymakers in your community. Learn more and register.

Posted 7/7/2021

CATCHING FIRE: The Growing Onslaught of Wildfires and Post-Fire Landslides in the U.S.
Fri., 4 June, Noon–1 p.m. EDT
The Congressional Hazards Caucus and Hazards Caucus Alliance present this virtual briefing, which will explore the need for science-informed policies and strategies necessary to adapt to current and future wildfire and landslide hazard scenarios. Learn more and register.

Posted 5/25/2021

Concise & Memorable: Creating an Effective Policy One-Pager
In this webinar, we will cover the key components of a good one-pager and how legislative offices use one-pagers. Learn more and register.

Posted 4/6/2021

New Year, New Congress! What You Need to Know about Getting Involved
Are you interested in learning how you can get more involved in the policy process? Join our upcoming webinar. Register now.

Posted 1/27/2021


Times are Changing: How the New Biden Administration and 117th Congress are Addressing Climate Change
Since Inauguration Day on 20 January, 2021, the Biden Administration has focused on addressing the climate crisis.

Posted 2/22/2021

Energizing the Nation: The Energy Act of 2020 becomes Law
In December 2020, the 116th Congress successfully passed an omnibus package, including the first “major modernization of our nation’s energy policy in 13 years.”

Posted 2/22/2021

Sliding through Congress: The National Landslide Preparedness Act becomes Law
The National Landslide Preparedness Act became law in January, authorizing funds for a National Landslide Hazards Reduction Program and a national 3D elevation program.

Posted 1/13/2021

Letters & Testimony

Support for Innovation Bills
GSA signed letters by the Science and Technology Action Committee and Coalition for National Science Funding urging Congress to complete work on innovation bills that invest in "research, development, STEM education and other aspects of our S&T infrastructure."
Posted 12/6/2021

FY23 Coalition Priorities Released
The Coalition for National Science Funding and Energy Sciences Coalition wrote letters to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) containing recommendations for funding and agency priorities in fiscal year 2023.
Posted 11/10/2021

Weather and Climate Science in the Reconciliation Package
GSA signed a letter to congressional leaders to support the proposed weather and climate science funding included in the Build Back Better reconciliation package.
Posted 11/2/2021

CNSF Statement on Reconciliation
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) "applauds the strong allocation for the National Science Foundation (NSF) provided by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee in the budget reconciliation bill, and urges Members to at least meet or ideally increase the level of funding for NSF in the final bill."
Posted 10/4/2021

Letter Supports DOE Funding
The Energy Sciences Coalition (ESC) sent a letter to congressional leaders requesting "at least $15.5 billion for Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory infrastructure and associated research and development activities in a final reconciliation package."
Posted 9/24/2021

GSA Welcomes OSTP Director
GSA endorsed a letter congratulating Dr. Lander on his confirmation as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and thanking the Administration for elevating the OSTP Director to a Cabinet-level position.
Posted 7/23/2021

GSA Endorses The Reconciliation in Place Names Act
GSA endorsed this bill that creates a process to review and revise offensive names of public lands.
Posted 7/23/2021

Scientific Societies Urge Congress to Act on Climate Change
GSA joined nearly 50 organizations in a letter calling on Congress to lead with science to understand and address the effects of climate change.
Posted 6/30/2021

Statement in Support of the DOE Science of the Future Act
An Energy Sciences Coalition letter, signed by GSA, states that the bill "makes bold new investments in fundamental research, world-class science facilities, and workforce development efforts supported by the DOE Office of Science."
Posted 6/17/2021

GSA Reports Climate Solutions
GSA recently gathered ideas for translating scientific research into climate change solutions that can be implemented within a short timeframe. Read the report.
Posted 6/16/2021

Recommendations for Federal Research Policy
GSA signed a letter to policymakers that contained "shared priorities for federally supported scientific research and STEM education" of scientific societies and associations.
Posted 6/9/2021

Publishers Support Open Science and Sustainable Public Access
GSA joined more than 100 organizations signing a letter to "promote open science through a flexible and sustainable framework that supports and upholds the value of scientific and scholarly communication."
Posted 6/9/2021

Advancing Scientific Research on the Microbiome
GSA signed a letter to congressional leaders "requesting increased coordination and support for microbiome research across Federal science agencies."
Posted 5/17/2021

GSA Testimony Supports Geoscience Research
GSA submitted testimony supporting the USGS, NSF and NASA to the House Appropriations Committee. 
Posted 4/15/2021

RISE Act "would preserve and protect our nation’s research investments"
More than 200 organizations — including GSA — signed a letter to President Biden asking that his administration support the $25 billion in research relief funding authorized in the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act.

Posted 4/6/2021

Support for Science Funding
More than 100 scientific organizations, including GSA, signed a letter asking congressional leaders "to appropriate at least $7.7 billion in FY 2022 for DOE Office of Science."

Posted 3/11/2021

Science Priorities for Transition Teams
GSA joined leading scientific societies and universities to make science policy recommendations to President-elect Biden and the transition team (read: NSF, DOE Office of Science, NASA ).

Posted 2/5/2021

Support for Research Relief
GSA signed a Coalition for National Science Funding letter asking congressional leadership to "include $3 billion in emergency relief for the National Science Foundation while providing relief to all federal science agencies."

Posted 2/2/2021

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