News from The Hill


Events & Briefings

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day
GEO-CVD will take place 15–16 September 2022 in Washington, D.C. Apply to attend by 31 July!
Learn more and apply.

Posted 7/8/2022

Unpredictable & Dangerous: Lessons from the 2022 Tonga Eruption
Fri., 24 June 2022, 12–1 p.m. EDT
The Congressional Hazards Caucus and Hazards Caucus Alliance are hosting a webinar that will explain the science behind the Tonga eruption and discuss what lessons the research community has taken away that could help improve the U.S.’s disaster preparedness and response for future events. Learn more and register.

Posted 6/13/2022

Engaging with Policymakers in and out of D.C.
Fri, 22 Apr., 2022, 1–2 p.m. EDT
Speakers will discuss how they apply geoscience in policy, how policy is created at different levels of government, how scientists can effectively engage in policy at every level, and current geoscience related priorities. Learn more and register.

Posted 4/18/2022


Recent Bills Bring New Money and Programs to Science Agencies
Two bills signed into law over the summer set new policy directions and funding for scientific agencies. The Inflation Reduction Act provides funding for research and facilities at several agencies, while the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 authorizes funding and policy changes focused on education, research, and expanding diversity in the sciences.

Posted 9/9/2022

Dr. David Applegate’s nomination to be the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) moves to the Senate floor
On 14 June 2022, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources advanced by voice vote Dr. David Applegate’s nomination to be the director of the U.S. Geological Survey to the Senate floor.

Posted 6/22/2022

GSA Fellow, Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, confirmed to lead the Department of Energy Office of Science
On May 10, 2022, the Senate confirmed Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe as the Director of the Department of Energy Office of Science—the government’s largest funder of basic research in the physical sciences.

Posted 5/11/2022

FY22: Less than expected increases for science
An omnibus package spending package passed in March 2022 increases funding for all science agencies, but falls short of proposals by the Biden administration and congressional appropriators.

Posted 3/18/2022

Revisiting the 1872 Mining Law
In October 2021 the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee met to examine and consider updates to the General Mining Law of 1872.

Posted 1/6/2022

Letters & Testimony

CNSF Submits FY24 Funding Priorities
GSA signed a Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) letter that "urges the Administration to request $15.65 billion in NSF research and education investments in FY24 as authorized in the CHIPS and Science Act."
Posted 11/3/2022

Final Push for FY2023 Scientific Funding
GSA signed letters from the Coalition for National Science Funding and Energy Sciences Coalition asking congressional leaders to finalize Fiscal Year 2023 funding for the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy Office of Science.
Posted 11/3/2022

OSTP Director Nomination
GSA and other leading scientific societies sent a letter asking congressional leaders to "promptly consider the nominee Dr. Arati Prabhakar for the position of Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)."
Posted 7/21/2022

Letter Urges Congress to Reach Final Agreement on Innovation and Competitiveness Legislation
GSA joined leading scientific organizations in sending a letter asking Congress to reach agreement on an innovation bill by the end of July, noting that it “would strengthen American science and innovation and make the U.S. more competitive and more secure for years to come.”
Posted 7/6/2022

Testimony Highlights Priorities for NASA
As part of the Coalition for Aerospace and Science, GSA signed a letter "in support of robust and sustained federal investment in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)."
Posted 5/24/2022

Scientific Community Letter Supports Research Funding
GSA joined more than 100 organizations signing a letter "to robustly fund the basic and applied research and education programs."
Posted 5/20/2022

GSA Submits Testimony Supporting NSF and NASA
The testimony noted, "Investment in NSF and NASA is necessary to secure America’s future economic leadership, both through the discoveries made and the talent developed through their programs."
Posted 5/16/2022

USGS Director Nomination Hearing
The Geological Society of America sent a letter to congressional leaders about the nomination of a Director of the United States Geological Survey.
Posted 4/28/2022

Letter Sent to Congressional Leaders About Competitiveness Legislation
GSA joined more than 80 organizations who signed a letter to congressional leaders opposing the inclusion of Section 2527(b) from the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (“USICA”) in the final conferenced legislation.
Posted 4/28/2022

Energy Sciences Coalition Testimony in Support of DOE Office of Science
The coalition "urges Congress to appropriate $8.8 billion in FY 2023 for DOE Office of Science, an increase of 18 percent above FY 2022 and consistent with the bipartisan House and Senate DOE Science for the Future Act."
Posted 4/12/2022

Testimony Supports National Science Foundation
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) wrote to congressional leaders asking for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive an appropriation of at least $11 billion in FY23.
Posted 4/12/2022

GSA Submits Testimony Supporting USGS
GSA believes that it is important to grow the USGS budget in order to address past shortfalls in staffing, facilities, and research, given the importance of its many activities that protect lives and property, contribute to national security, and enhance the quality of life.
Posted 3/11/2022

Innovation and Energy Sciences
The Energy Sciences Coalition sent a statement to congressional leaders in support of including DOE provisions in a final innovation package.
Posted 3/9/2022

Final Push for FY2022 Science Funding
GSA joined over 50 scientific societies in a letter urging Congress to finalize FY22 appropriations with "robust support for scientific research and development."
Posted 2/9/2022

ESC Statement Urges Confirmation of DOE Office of Science Nominee
The Energy Science Coalition sent a letter to congressional leaders supporting the confirmation of Dr. Asmeret Berhe as Director of DOE's Office of Science.
Posted 1/24/2022

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