Keeping an Eye on Washington

Congress in spring

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!

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


What’s in Store for FY 2019 Federal Science Spending?
Congress is currently in the process of working through the 12 appropriation bills that will determine the federal funding for fiscal year 2019. As of the July 4 congressional recess, funding bills that cover NSF, NASA, NOAA, DOI and EPA have moved in both the House and the Senate.

Posted 7/19/2018

At Long Last, FY 2018 Spending Bills Provide Increases for Science
The Administration’s budget request at the start of the FY 2018 spending cycle signaled that a difficult year was ahead for the scientific community. Following the the Bipartisan Budget Act in late February, the final spending bill was signed into law on March 23, and  provides increases for science across the board.

Posted 3/23/2018

Research and Technology Subcommittee Tackles the Issue of Sexual Harassment
On 27 February 2018, four witnesses appeared before the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology during a hearing entitled A Review of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in Science. During the opening statements, Chairwoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Ranking Member Dan Lipinski (D-IL) explained that the hearing was being held to explore how misconduct, specifically sexual harassment, is affecting the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in STEM fields, and how different stakeholders are responding to the problem.

Posted 3/2/2018

Testimony & Letters

Concerns Raised about Proposed EPA Rule
GSA joined 68 other national health and scientific organizations to release a statement to express concern over the EPA's “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” proposed rule.

Posted 7/16/2018

Push for Science Funding Continues
As the House and Senate move through the appropriations process, the scientific community continues to advocate for science funding.  GSA engaged through letters sent by The Task Force on American Innovation, Coalition for National Science Funding, and Energy Sciences Coalition that thank Members of Congress for their support of science funding and encourage robust funding throughout the appropriations process.

Posted 7/10/2018

GSA and 55 other organizations signed a letter to express concerns that proposed visa changes "will have a negative impact on higher education and scientific collaborations." 
Posted 5/30/2018