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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

AGI's Geoscience Policy program publishes up-to-date news that covers geoscience policy activities and related events in Washington, D.C. Stay current with our Policy News Briefs, read our Monthly Review for a digest of policy information and activities, or peruse our Annual Review for a summary of the year's major developments in federal geoscience policy.

You can also sign up to receive the Policy Monthly Review as an email digest.

Recent Policy News Briefs

The White House
(2018-05-07)
A summary of notices posted to the Federal Register by geoscience-related federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of the Interior (DOI), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Science Foundation (...
Hawaiian flower
(2018-05-04)
The House Committee on Agriculture voted 26-20 to advance the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R.2), commonly referred to as the “farm bill,” which was introduced by Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX-11). With authorization of the Agricultural Act of 2014 lapsing at the end of...
Mammatus clouds that are usually associated with thunderstorms.
(2018-05-04)
The House passed a five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on April 27, which included a section requiring changes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to increase the agency’s emphasis on pre-disaster planning and mitigation. Included in the disaster...
Atlantic waves
(2018-05-04)
On April 18, congressional members from Illinois, Florida, Maryland, and Texas introduced a bipartisan, bicameral initiative to enhance the mapping of urban flood hazard zones. In addition, Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR-1) introduced the Scientific Flood Mapping Act (H.R.5559), which would...
NASA hurricane satellite image
(2018-05-04)
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Transportation, and Science held a hearing to examine the status of local and federal agencies’ recovery from the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, and ongoing preparation for the 2018 season. The hearing focused on the importance of disaster relief funds for local...
IES Water Glyph
(2018-05-04)
The EPA released a new proposed rule, titled Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, in the Federal Register on April 30. The rulemaking summary states, “the proposed regulation provides that when EPA develops regulations, including regulations for which the public is likely to bear the...
U.S. Capitol with flag
(2018-05-04)
The Senate unanimously confirmed Dr. James Reilly as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey on April 9. In April, the Senate also voted  to confirm Andrew Wheeler as Deputy Administrator of the EPA, Representative James Bridenstine as Administrator of NASA, and Michael Pompeo as Secretary of...
The White House
(2018-05-04)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the agency would revise fuel economy standards for cars and trucks for model years 2022 through 2025, citing recent data that suggest the current standards are not appropriate. The current standards, requiring...
Cumulonimbus clouds
(2018-05-04)
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing to discuss the bipartisan Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act, or the USE IT Act (S.2602). Introduced by Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), the USE IT Act supports research and development of carbon...
Earth
(2018-05-04)
The House Science Committee held a full committee markup of two bills, the Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act (H.R.5509) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Authorization Act of 2018 (H.R.5503). H.R.5509 directs NSF to provide grants for research about...

Recent Policy Monthly Reviews


2017 Annual Review of Geoscience Federal Policy

Federal Geoscience Funding

Stay up-to-date on the budget process and appropriations by fiscal year with the Library of Congress Appropriations and Budget page. The AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program provides information on trends in federal research and development funding, including information on the president's budget request and appropriations bills. AIP's Federal Science Budget Tracker also has useful information on the status of budgets and appropriations relevant to the physical sciences.

 

Federal Geoscience Nominations

Track the confirmation process of key geoscience presidential nominations. You can also track the nominations process through the Library of Congress and the websites of Senate committees of jurisdiction. Learn more About Nominations by the U.S. President and the confirmation process through the Library of Congress.

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
(2018-03-01)
Welcome to March! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: If you’ve ever looked at an earthquake hazard map for the United States, you’ll have noticed familiar areas of high risk on the West Coast, Alaska, and parts of the Rockies. But if you let your eyes drift east, you’ll see a...
A satellite image of the Earth. Image Credit: NASA
(2018-02-01)
Welcome to February! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: On January 26th we held our most recent webinar, “Tracking the Global Supply of Critical Materials”, which featured speakers Nedal Nassar from the U.S. Geological Survey and Vitor Correia from the European Federation of...
A satellite image of the Earth. Image Credit: NASA
(2018-01-31)
As the first month of 2018 draws to a close, we thought it’d be a good time to look back over 2017 in the Critical Issues program. We would like to thank you for being part of the Critical Issues community this year, whether you were one of the 10,000+ people who watched a webinar live or on...
A satellite image of the Earth. Image Credit: NASA
(2018-01-01)
Happy New Year! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: On December 6th we held our most recent webinar, “Geologic Mapping to Empower Communities: Examples from the Great Lakes”, which featured speakers from the Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition (GLGMC), a group of states and...
A satellite image of the Earth. Image Credit: NASA
(2017-12-01)
Welcome to December! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: Our next webinar, “Geologic Mapping to Empower Communities: Examples from the Great Lakes” will take place on Wednesday December 6th at 1:30pm EST. Detailed geologic maps help communities around the country to make informed...
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...