Policy & Critical Issues News

Stay up-to-date with the latest geoscience policy information and news by reading our policy news briefs and monthly review digests, reviewing the latest trends in federal geoscience funding, and reading our recents posts on the AGI Geotimes blog about events and other items of interest related to our Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues programs.

Policy News Briefs

Policy News Briefs feature the most up-to-date geoscience policy information. The Policy Monthly Review and other special updates cover geoscience policy activities and related events in Washington, D.C.

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Latest Policy News Briefs

U.S. Capitol
(2017-11-13)
A list of notices from the federal register for October 2017 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, and more.
Flow of data
(2017-11-08)
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) agreed in a joint memorandum that the two agencies would halt plans to develop a second set of Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) 2...
U.S. Capitol
(2017-11-08)
The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations has four major appropriation bills remaining to consider during the current Congressional session, including an appropriations bill for the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, which will determine the FY 2018 budget for the U.S. 
Atlantic waves
(2017-11-08)
On October 4, 2017 the Climate Solutions Caucus hit a record 60 members, with the addition of California representatives Mimi Walters (R-CA-45) and Pete Aguilar (D-CA-31).
U.S. Money
(2017-11-06)
On October 19, the Senate passed a fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget resolution (H.Con.Res.71) with an amendment in the nature of a substitute (S.Amdt.1116), which sets the stage for passing tax reform legislation. Part of the Senate amendment includes instructions for both the House Committee on Energy...
The Noble John Sandifer jackup rig
(2017-11-06)
On October 11, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources met to review a draft of the Accessing Strategic Resources Offshore (ASTRO) Act. Modeled after the successful revenue sharing scheme GOMESA, the ASTRO Act seeks to improve access to oil and gas...
Books and Apple
(2017-11-06)
On October 17, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the BASIC Research Act, a bill that would fundamentally change how the federal government reviews research grant proposals. The bill seeks to make several changes to peer review processes and broaden public access requirements for grant...
The White House
(2017-10-27)
Setting a new record for waiting longer than any other president to nominate a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator, President Donald Trump officially tapped Barry Myers, CEO of AccuWeather, to lead the federal agency in charge of weather and climate predictions, ocean and...
Mammatus clouds that are usually associated with thunderstorms.
(2017-10-26)
In the wake of this year’s disastrous hurricane season, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded 59 grants totaling $5.3 million for projects that aim to that study how hurricanes form and intensify, and how we can best respond to the devastating effects of such disasters. 
House chamber
(2017-10-26)
Responding to the widespread destruction from three catastrophic hurricanes, massive wildfires, and a bankrupt federal flood insurance program, the House passed a $36.5 billion disaster aid package on October 12.

Latest Policy Monthly Reviews

Federal Geoscience Funding

AGI provides testimony to several subcommittees on programs of importance to the geoscience community.

You can keep up-to-date with the Library of Congress Table on Current Status of FY 2017 Appropriations Bills. The AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Project website has information on trends in federal research and development funding, including information on the president's request, congressional budget resolution, 302(b) allocations, and each science-related appropriations bill.

Blog Posts

Read our recent posts from the AGI Geotimes blog about Policy & Critical Issues topics.

Latest Policy & Critical Issues Blog Posts

A satellite image of the Earth. Image Credit: NASA
(2017-11-01)
Welcome to November! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: Last week was the Geological Society of America’s 2017 Annual Meeting, which took place in Seattle, WA. Our manager Cassy Rose presented a poster at the meeting about recent successes in our webinar series, which have...
The Lawn On D (across street from Boston Convention Center). The opening reception, which had a "Bostonopoly" theme, took place among games, performers, tasty food, and lots of mingling among attendees.
(2017-10-12)
As an organization, we believe that it is absolutely critical that we communicate the importance of geoscience for informed decisionmaking at the regional, state, and local levels. So from August 6-9, AGI's Critical Issues Program Manager Cassaundra Rose attended the National Conference of...
A satellite image of the Earth. Image Credit: NASA
(2017-10-01)
Welcome to October! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: Around the U.S. and the world there are thousands of projects that enhance the drainage of water into the ground. These efforts improve stormwater management and help to recharge groundwater supplies, but they’re easy to...
A satellite image of the Earth. Image Credit: NASA
(2017-09-01)
Welcome to September! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program:We are pleased to announce the publication of the final report for our 2016 Critical Issues Forum, “Addressing Changes in Regional Groundwater Resources: Lessons from the High Plains Aquifer.” This forum brought together a...
Cover of the July 2017 AEG News
(2017-08-10)
The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists continues to track changes and challenges to professional geologist licensure across different states. In addition to a current summary, a new article in the July 2017 issue of AEG News also discusses potential ways to track bills...
Earth
(2017-08-01)
Critical Issues Monthly Roundup: July 2017Welcome to August! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program:On July 6th we held our most recent webinar, “Planning for Coastal Storm & Erosion Hazards,” which focused on efforts to anticipate, mitigate, and respond to coastal storms, erosion,...
Allyson Anderson Book conducts geothermal field studies in Iceland.
(2017-07-24)
This post was originally published in the Outdoor Alliance blog. Learn more at outdooralliance.org. Guest post by Allyson Anderson Book, Executive Director of American Geosciences Institute | @AAndersonBook As a geoscientist, I am frequently asked about why I chose my profession.  My answer is...
GeoCVD Logo
(2017-07-21)
The American Geosciences Institute, in collaboration with many other geoscience societies, invites members of the geoscience community from across the nation to come to Washington D.C. for the annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Days (Geo-CVD), which will take place this year on September 12-13...
Earth
(2017-07-01)
Welcome to July! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: There’s still time to register for our upcoming webinar, “Planning for Coastal Storm & Erosion Hazards”, which will take place on Thursday July 6th, 1:30pm EDT/10:30am PDT. This 90-minute webinar will focus on efforts to...
U.S. Geological Survey library in Hooe Building, Washington DC. Note rotating bookcase at left, next to card catalogs, left to right: J.M. Nickles, J.L.V. McCord original Survey librarian, J.E. Latimer, and Mary Coats. 1917.
(2017-06-20)
Twenty-three science organizations, including AGI and 16 Member Societies, have signed a letter urging Congress to provide continued funding to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Library, "one of the world’s largest and most important Earth and natural resources libraries." Read the full letter here...