Law Monitoring Toxic Chemicals Gets First Facelift in 40 Years

After years of gridlock, the President signed a strongly bipartisan bill to update a 40-year-old act monitoring toxic chemicals, including lead-based paint and asbestos, into law. The bill revitalizes the “Toxic Substances Control Act,” (TSCA) originally passed in 1976, under President Gerald Ford. The “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” (H.R.2576)… Read More Law Monitoring Toxic Chemicals Gets First Facelift in 40 Years

Senate Committee Passes its Own Version of COMPETES

Policymakers approved a new version of a beleaguered science policy bill aimed at increasing the nation’s competitiveness in science and technology. The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084) authorizes an increase in research funding and lessens administrative burdens on researchers, among other provisions. The bill was approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science,… Read More Senate Committee Passes its Own Version of COMPETES

Ushering in a New Era of Drones

A lot more drones the size of full-grown poodles will soon be zooming over rooftops, thanks to new federal regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration’s new rule, officially deemed “Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” sets safety and security guidelines for certifying and operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing less than 55 pounds. Under… Read More Ushering in a New Era of Drones

New Bill Aims to Tighten Regulations on NSF’s Large Projects

UPDATE 15 June 2016: The NSF Major Research Facility Reform Act of 2016 passed the House on 14 June by a vote of 412 to 9. “This bill will ensure that NSF makes the systematic changes necessary to restore confidence in federally-funded research projects, and that taxpayers can trust us with their money knowing that it will… Read More New Bill Aims to Tighten Regulations on NSF’s Large Projects

Current Congressional Appropriations for FY2017 Keep Geoscience Funding Relatively Flat

6 June 2016 – Update: GSA joined fellow geoscience organizations, including the American Geophysical Union and the American Geosciences Institute, to thank the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies leaders – Chairman Culberson (R-TX) and Ranking Member Honda (D-CA) – for their “balanced and inclusive” support of the National Science Foundation. By Kasey White, GSA Director for… Read More Current Congressional Appropriations for FY2017 Keep Geoscience Funding Relatively Flat

Policymakers and Scientists Discuss Federal Funding

Washington, D.C. – The federal government must robustly fund academia and engage with private industry to boost the nation’s economic competitiveness in science and technology, experts told policymakers during a congressional hearing. The hearing was an opportunity for members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to fine-tune policies for the long-awaited reauthorization… Read More Policymakers and Scientists Discuss Federal Funding

Scientists Connect with Policymakers on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. – Scientists from across the country gathered on Capitol Hill for two separate events promoting science research and education. The events, hosted by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group (SETWG) and the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), were widely attended – both events included visits with congressional members and a reception with lively chatter… Read More Scientists Connect with Policymakers on Capitol Hill