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

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A list of notices from the federal register for August 2017 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, and more.
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The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on September 27 for four presidential nominations, including Howard “Skip” Elliott to head the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, an oceanographer and...
Atlean Lake in British Columbia
The Senate unanimously passes the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2017, introduced on May 4 by Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Rob Portman (R-OH).
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On September 27, both the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held hearings to explore methods of restoring the health and resiliency of national forests and to mitigate the threat of catastrophic wildfires....
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The House passed 8 remaining appropriations bills in a single package on September 14 to provide all discretionary funding for the Federal Government in fiscal year (FY) 2018.
President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK-1) to serve as the next Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). If confirmed by the Senate, Bridenstine would be the first NASA Administrator to be appointed...
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Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), along with four Democratic cosponsors, introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017.
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The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources discussed three bills introduced before the August recess. Two of these bills seek to amend to the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, while the third bill proposes a new method for state onshore oil and gas leasing on federal lands...
Cracked road from earthquake
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bill to permanently reauthorize the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). The bill calls for the creation of a set of maps showing active faults and folds, liquefaction risk, landslide risk, and susceptibility to seismically...
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On September 11, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill to reauthorize the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program through 2023.

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

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.
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
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
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
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...
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.
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...
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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...
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.
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...
Coastal hazards webinar flyer. Image Credit: C. Hegermiller, USGS
Register now for this upcoming Critical Issues Webinar! July 6, 2017 at 1:30pm EDT. 90 minutes.   This special 1.5 hour-long AGI Critical Issues webinar will focus on efforts to anticipate, mitigate, and respond to coastal storms, erosion, and associated hazards at the federal, state, and local...