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Your work as a geoscientist greatly impacts society and Earth — why not make an impact on the U.S. government as well?

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Susanna Whitman Blair
Susanna Whitman Blair

29th Congressional Science Fellow
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Data Preservation
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 ]

The Role of the Geoscientist in Building and Maintaining Infrastructure
Comments are solicited from GSA members on this DRAFT position statement through 15 July 2014.
[ view draft | comment ]

Letter Calls for Legislation to Recognize Value of Geoscience
In a letter to House Science, Space and Technology Committee members, GSA and other geoscience organizations urged members to "modify the FIRST Act of 2014 and set forth a vision to spur science innovation and growth and recognize the vital role of the geosciences in achieving this mandate."
[ read letter ]

EarthScope: A Decade of Research
Attend congressional briefings (May 14 House, May 15 Senate) cosponsored by GSA to learn about EarthScope's Research and Broader Societal Benefits.
[ learn more ]

GSA Testifies in Support of USGS
GSA Past President John Geissman testified in support of the U.S. Geological Survey before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies on 10 April.
more ]

GSA Comments on Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests' land management plan
GSA would like to thank the Forest Service for its recognition of the important role of geology in managing our national forests. [ read letter ]

Rea d about R&D in the Administration's FY2015 budget request
The complete contents of AAAS Report XXXIX: Research and Development FY 2015, including chapters on the geosciences and agencies that fund geosciences, is now available.

Sustainable Land-Use Management Needs Geoscience
GSA members are invited to comment on this draft position statement through 15 May.

GSA Science Policy Fellow
GSA is seeking applicants for its Science Policy Fellowship Program which provides recent MS or Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to work in the GSA Washington Office for one year.

House Passes Bill to Restore and Prioritize NOAA Weather Funding
On Tuesday, 1 April, a much-revamped version of the “Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2014” (HR. 2413) passed the House.
[ learn more ]

Task Force on American Innovation Concerned About FIRST Act
The Task Force, of which GSA is a member, issued a letter to House Science, Space, and Technology Committee leaders stating, "The current version of the FIRST Act does not authorize adequate levels of investment in scientific research that are needed to close the nation’s innovation deficit and sustain our global leadership position in science and innovation."

GSA Submits Testimony Supporting NSF and NASA
GSA submitted testimony to the House and Senate supporting "strong and sustained investments in earth science research and education at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)."

Exploring Earthquakes:
Analyzing the Past to Protect Lives and Property Today

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Roles of the Geology and Public Policy Committee, the Geology and Society Division, and GSA's Washington, D.C., Office

Geology and Public Policy Committee Geology and Society Division Washington DC Office
  • Oversees development of GSA’s Position Statements. These statements are the foundation for public policy actions by the Society.
  • Advises GSA’s Council, Executive leadership, and the Washington Office.
  • Develops and sponsors technical sessions, symposia and other events relating to public policy development and outreach at the annual meeting and section meetings in coordination with the Geology and Society Division.
  • Collaborates with the Geology and Society Division on expanding the participation of GSA’s members in public policy communications.
  • Through GPPC’s Section Representatives, fosters communication about GSA’s public policy activities at section meetings.
  • Explores opportunities for expanding international activities at the interface between the geosciences and public policy by collaborating and cooperating with GSA’s International Secretariat, the International Section, the Director for Geoscience Policy and other organizational units of GSA.
  • G&PP Committee




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  • Strengthens, broadens and supports the engagement of GSA’s members in activities where geoscience intersects with the policy interests of society.
  • Encourages research on issues where geology and society are connected.
  • Provides forums for presentation and discussion of mutual problems and ideas at GSA Section and GSA Annual meetings.
  • Stimulates communication among geoscientists conducting research that serves society’s needs and can guide policy development.
  • Encourages GSA’s members to engage in public policy development through presentation of exhibit booths at all section meetings, in collaboration with the Geology and Public Policy Committee.
  • Fosters recognition and acknowledgment of those who make significant contributions to serving society’s needs through geoscience research, including awards for best student papers at the national meeting.
  • Encourages and mentors students interested in conducting and presenting the results of research that serves society’s needs and can guide policy development.
  • Advises and assists the officers, committees, divisions and sections of GSA in matters related to serving society’s needs through geoscience research.
  • Publishes a newsletter to communicate the Division’s activities to the members and others.
  • Division web page.
  • Provides GSA and its members with leadership in formulating public policy through active involvement in the decision-making processes at the national level.
  • Monitors public policy issues and participates in information-sharing and educational efforts directed toward the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.
  • Encourages the use scientific information in decision-making in the public policy arena.
  • Works with the GSA community to increase members’ involvement in activities related to public policy development.
  • Supports adequate funding for scientific research activities at the federal level.
  • Provides testimony to Congress and federal agencies on geoscience issues.
  • Organizes and co-sponsors congressional briefings on geoscience issues.
  • Fosters participation of GSA members in Congressional visits days.
  • Administers GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship.
  • Participates in coalitions of scientific organizations.
  • Co-sponsors science exhibitions and receptions on Capitol Hill.
  • Explores opportunities for expanding international activities at the interface between the geosciences and public policy by working with GSA’s International Secretariat, the International Section, the Geology and Public Policy Committee, the Geology and Society Division and the other Divisions, Sections, and organizational units of GSA.
  • Washington, DC office contact information.

Contact GSA's Washington D.C. office any time

Kasey S. White
Director for Geoscience Policy
Geological Society of America
1200 New York Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: +1-202-669-0466

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