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Zinke defends DOI budget proposal to Senate ENR Committee
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017
On June 20, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to defend the President’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget for the Department of the Interior (DOI).

 

Atlean Lake in British Columbia
Appropriations subcommittee holds EPA budget hearing
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing on June 15 to evaluate President Trump’s budget proposal for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Document Type: News Brief

 

A glacier meets the ocean at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
House committee questions Secretary Zinke about DOI FY2018 budget
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
On June 8, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke testified before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies at a hearing on the DOI Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget.
Document Type: News Brief

 

U.S. Capitol with flag
NSF budget hearing for FY 2018
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
On June 7, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a hearing to discuss the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request for the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Document Type: News Brief

 

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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: May 2017

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May 2017

 

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DOI is conducting a review of 27 national monuments
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
As directed by the President’s Executive Order 13792, the Department of the Interior (DOI) is conducting a review of certain national monuments designated or expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Earth
Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act passes the Senate
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Senate passed the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act (S.141) on May 2 to develop an integrated strategy for the coordination of federal government activities to improve the nation’s ability to prepare for, mitigate, and respond to the impacts of space weather events.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Badlands Topography, Drumheller
House Natural Resources Committee reviews long-standing federal land laws
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on May 24 to examine three major laws affecting the management of federal and tribal lands, as well as designated wilderness areas.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Excavator mining
Good Samaritan cleanup bill receives positive feedback from committee
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on a discussion draft of the Community Reclamation Partnerships Act (H.R.__) to be introduced by Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL-18).
Document Type: News Brief

 

U.S. Capitol with flag
DOE seeks public feedback on limiting regulatory costs
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
The Department of Energy (DOE) requests public comments and information regarding the implementation of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.”
Document Type: News Brief

 

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