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HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Work on Capitol Hill
as a GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow

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

Current Fellow

Susanna Whitman Blair
Susanna Whitman Blair

29th Congressional Science Fellow

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GSA Science Policy Fellow

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Join the GSA Geology & Society Division ($8-professionals; $4-students). Division members may participate in discussions and collaborate with one another in GSA's new Connected Community.

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Share your scientific expertise and ensure that the geoscience community is engaged with leaders and policy makers on Capitol Hill.

Write your member of Congress about earth-science issues.

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Geology & Public Policy

NEWS FROM THE HILL
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Science Policy News

Congressional Letter on Climate Riders
GSA signs onto letter to House leadership not to limit federal government's access to best available climate science. [ read letter ]

Scientific Societies Express Concern About Travel Regulations
126 organizations, including GSA, sent a letter to leaders on Capitol Hill "to express deep concerns about the impact of Administration regulations and legislative initiatives related to government travel on the science and engineering enterprise and the pace of innovation." [ read letter ]

GSA Submits Testimony Supporting NSF, USGS, NASA
GSA has submitted testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science in support of NSF and NASA and House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior in support of USGS.

House Committee Passes COMPETES Reauthorization
On April 22, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 along a party-line vote. Read more about  geoscience funding cuts in the bill and GSA response. [ more ]

Scientific Community Objects to Provisions in the COMPETES Reauthorization
Multiple coalitions of scientific societies, universities, and businesses that include GSA have sent letters objecting to provisions in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, including cuts to gesocience funding. See letters from the Task Force on American Innovation, Coalition for National Science Funding, Energy Sciences Coalition and Geoscience Societies.

NSF's Geosciences Directorate Helps Protect Lives, Business, and Infrastructure
Geoscience societies, including GSA, sent a letter to the House and Senate that shows how "investment in geoscience research is essential to the well-being and property of the United States."

Support for NSF
On March 5, the Coalition for National Science Funding, an alliance of over 140 professional organizations, universities, and business - including GSA - sent a statement to Members of Congress in support of a $7.7 billion appropriation for NSF for FY 2016.

Climate Scientists Meet with Policy Makers on Capitol Hill
Climate Scientists from around the country came to Capitol Hill on February 10-11 for the 5th Annual Climate Science Day (CSD). This two-day event, organized by GSA and 12 other scientific organizations, is designed to open a dialogue with congressional offices about climate change.

Support for Data Preservation
GSA signed a letter initiated by the Association of American State Geologists in support of reauthorizing the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP), an initiative within the U.S. Geological Survey to protect and disseminate important geologic data to the public.

Scientific Societies Concerned About Recent Inquiry
GSA joined 6 other scientific societies to send a letter to House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raul Grijalva to "express concern with what appears, on its face, to be an overly broad inquiry for financial records and other files."

Support for Legislation to Increase Science Funding
Through the Close the Innovation Deficit campaign, GSA joined 120 members of a coalition to commend Sen. Durbin (D-IL) for introducing the American Innovation Act. This legislation would significantly increase investments in key federal science agencies and programs, including NSF, DOE, NIST, DOD and NASA, "that conduct vital research that is essential to the nation’s long-term economic growth and national security, as well as the quality of life of all Americans."

FY 2016 Request Proposes Increases for Geoscience Research
Increases are proposed for many agencies and programs of interest to the geoscience community in the Administration's FY 2016 budget request. Because the overall budget request exceeds the spending caps set by the Budget Control Act, these increases, in R&D and other categories, face a difficult road to implementation in Congress during the appropriations process.

Support for USGS Minerals Science
GSA joined members of the Minerals Science and Information Coalition to send a letter "to express support for the current initiatives and activities of the National Minerals Information Center"

Scientific Societies Thank Senate Appropriators
A coalition of scientific societies, including GSA, thanked the leaders of the Senate Committee on Appropriations for ensuring "that the final FY 2015 appropriations bill did not prohibit spending on or block public access to information from federal climate science programs such as the U.S. Global Change Research Program."

Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction Needed
GSA joined more than 2,100 national, state, and local organizations in signing a letter to Congress and the President urging them to work together to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. The letter emphasizes (1) the importance of nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs, (2) the harmful effects of budget cuts to date, and (3) the equal importance of both defense and nondefense programs in America’s security at home and abroad, and thus the need for equal sequestration relief.

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.

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 16 Dec. 2014. Nicknamed the “CRomnibus,” the 1,600-page law combines a continuing resolution (CR) and a large omnibus spending bill that authorizes $1.1 trillion of government spending for FY15.

 

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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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