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GSA Council Approves Position Statements
GSA Council adopted one new position statement on "The Role of the Geoscientist in Building and Maintaining Infrastructure." A revision to the "Integrating Geoscience with Sustainable Land-Use Management" statement was also approved.
[ view all position statements ]
Science Funding Sees Small Increases in FY15 Budget
After heated debate in the House and Senate, the appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 16, 2014. Nicknamed the “CRomnibus”, the 1600 page law combines a continuing resolution (CR) and a large omnibus spending bill that authorizes $1.1 trillion of government spending for the 2015 fiscal year. [ more ]
Support for DOE Science
Through the Energy Sciences Coalition, GSA signed a 25 November letter to the senior leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging “stable and sustained FY 2015 funding levels for both the DOE Office of Science and ARPA-E.” A separate letter was sent to the White House urging that they make the "DOE Office of Science a priority in the Administration’s fiscal year 2016 budget request."
Letter Raises Concerns About Policies for Climate Research
GSA and 19 other science organizations sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, opposing climate research policy riders and funding prohibitions attached to several House FY 2015 appropriations bills.
Scientific Organizations Urge Passage of an Omnibus FY2015 Appropriations Bill
GSA joined with 133 scientific organizations to send a letter to Congress advocating passage of an omnibus FY15 appropriations bill that provides strong funding for research and higher education and another coalition to highlight the need for increases for the National Science Foundation.
[ omnibus FY15 letter | NSF letter ]
GSA Concerned About Proposed Textbooks
GSA Executive Director Jack Hess wrote to the Texas Board of Education to express concerns with the treatment of climate change in proposed social studies textbooks under consideration. [ read letter ]
On September 17, the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing where witnesses expressed heir support for the reauthorization of the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program Act of 2005, H.R. 5066. The program, administered by the USGS, establishes state-federal partnerships through 100% state-matched grants to facilitate the acquisition, archiving, and storage of geological data.
Geoscientists Meet with Policy Makers on Capitol Hill
Geoscientists from around the country came to Capitol Hill on September 17-18 for the 7th Annual Geoscience Congressional Visits Day (GeoCVD). This two day event, organized by GSA and other geoscience societies, is designed to increase the visibility of geoscience and engagement of geoscientists in public policy. This year's event totaled more than 100 congressional office meetings.
GSA Responds to Request on Critical Materials
GSA and other members of the Minerals Science and Information Coalition responded to an OSTP Request for Information on Critical and Strategic Materials Supply Chains. [ read response ] GSA also submitted its Position Statement on Critical Mineral Resources for the record.
CNSF Supports Senate America COMPETES Act Reauthorization
GSA is a member of the Coalition for National Science Funding, whose letter supports "the proposed five-year budget growth for the National Science Foundation" in the bill. [ read letter ]
FY15 Appropriations Process Slows As Fiscal Year Approaches
The appropriations process got off to a smoother start than in recent years, as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 set an overall spending limit for Fiscal Year 2015, allowing the House and Senate to begin the process with the same overall spending levels. As the midterm elections drew closer, however, progress stalled. The House has passed 8 of the 12 appropriations bills, but the Senate has failed to pass any. A continuing resolution to keep the government open through early December is expected to be introduced when Congress returns from its August recess. [ more ]
GSA Concerned About Federal Travel Restrictions
In a letter to Congress, GSA joined 70 organizations "to express our concerns about current and proposed restrictions on the ability of federal and contractor scientists and engineers to participate in scientific and technical conferences."
[ read letter ]
Attend a July 18 congressional briefing on CCS
Carbon capture and storage is an important potential management strategy for greenhouse gas emissions. In this briefing, leading experts will address geologic carbon storage, one avenue to sequester carbon dioxide from large stationary sources by injecting it deep underground. [ view flyer ]
Action Urged on Critical Minerals
GSA joined more than three dozen companies and organizations supporting action on Critical Minerals legislation. [ read letter ]
FIRST Act passes House Science Committee
Amended authorization bill reduces NSF funding in geoscience, retains new restrictions on merit review process. [ details ]
Societies encourage "strong funding levels for geosciences"
In a letter to all House members, GSA joined 11 other scientific organizations to express their support for "strong funding levels for geosciences," as Congress debates the spending bill for NSF, NASA, and NOAA. [ read letter ]
Roles of the Geology and Public Policy Committee, the Geology and Society Division, and GSA's Washington, D.C., Office
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Kasey S. White
Director for Geoscience Policy
Geological Society of America
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Washington, DC 20005
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