Monthly Review: February 2006
This monthly review goes out to the leadership of AGI's member
societies, members of the AGI Government Affairs Advisory Committee,
and other interested geoscientists as part of a continuing effort
to improve communications between GAP and the geoscience community
that it serves.
White House, Congress Release Reports on Hurricane Katrina
Six months after Hurricane Katrina, a series of hearings and investigations
have culminated in the release of reports by Congress and the White
House. On February 15, the House Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate
the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina released its
final report, "A Failure of Initiative." The report cites
"failures at all levels of government," focusing on incomplete
evacuations, the lack of a coherent National Response Plan, the unfamiliarity
of federal agencies with their responsibilities, the lack of preparation
within the Department of Homeland Security and the affected states,
and problems of coordination and communication. The report also addresses
problems with the levees, including the "diffuse" nature
of responsibilities for levee maintenance, the lack of a warning system
for levee breaches, and the fact that the levees were not built to
withstand the most severe hurricanes. The House report is available
About one week after the release of the House report, the White House
released its own version, entitled "Hurricane Katrina, Lessons
Learned." The White House Report also cites a number of government
failures, including communications problems, delays in supply deliveries,
and confusion among federal agencies about their roles in managing
the disaster. Regarding levees, the report cites problems caused by
the delay in reporting the breach of the levees, due mainly to a misunderstanding
about the difference between breaching and overtopping. The White
House report is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/reports/katrina-lessons-learned/.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is also addressing the
issue with over 30 studies related to the hurricane. In a preliminary
statement released February 1, David Walker, the GAO Comptroller General,
identified three key problems with the Katrina response: clear and
decisive leadership; strong advance planning, training, and exercise
programs; and capabilities for a catastrophic event. The GAO has since
released specific reports on major emergency issues, hospital and
nursing home evacuation, the National Flood Insurance Program, and
fraud problems in FEMA's expedited assistance program. The GAO reports
are available at http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/repandtest.html.
The Senate has not yet released a report on Katrina; however, the
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is continuing
a series of hearings to investigate the disaster.
In addition to its recommendations, the White House report provides
an updated assessment of the scope of the disaster. It cites an estimated
$96 billion worth of damage caused by the hurricane and storm surge,
including the destruction of roughly 300,000 homes. The storm created
118 million cubic yards of debris. In addition to property damage,
Katrina caused 10 oil spills, releasing 7.4 million gallons of oil,
over two-thirds the amount that was spilled during the 1989 Exxon
Valdez disaster. It also caused 11 petroleum refineries to be shut
down, preventing 114 million barrels of production capacity from being
The report also revises estimates of the human impacts of Hurricane
Katrina. 770,000 people were displaced by the storm, 1330 were killed,
and 2096 are still missing. The majority of the fatalities occurred
in Louisiana, where 1080 people perished. In addition, there were
231 fatalities in Mississippi, 15 in Florida, 2 in Alabama, and 2
Additional information on congressional action related to Hurricane
Katrina is available at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis109/katrina.html
Geoscience Funding in President's FY2007 Budget Request
As reported in a series of AGI Special Updates, the President released
his fiscal year (FY) 2007 budget request at the beginning of February.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) would see a healthy increase
of 8% to its total budget and a 6% increase for the Geoscience Directorate
while the Office of Science at the Department of Energy would receive
a 14% increase. Geoscience programs in other parts of DOE and at other
federal agencies are slated for a mixed bag of significant cuts to
slight increases. Highlights from the President's budget request are
given below and additional information on the request and the congressional
budget process is available online, at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis109/appropsfy2007.html
The NSF budget request totals $6,202 million, which represents an
8% increase from last year's level of $5,581.2 million. Within this
amount, $744.9 million would go to the Geoscience Directorate and
$438.1 million would go to the Office of Polar Programs, a 12.5% increase.
This amount for the Geoscience Directorate is a 6% increase from last
year's allocation of $702.8 million and includes $11.2 million (+66%)
for EarthScope operations. The Major Research Equipment and Facilities
account includes $27.4 million for the final phase of implementing
EarthScope - future funding for EarthScope is projected to come primarily
from the Geoscience Directorate after FY 2007.
The DOE budget request totals $23,557 million, a slight decrease
of $6 million compared to FY 2006 and includes $649 million for programs
at the Office of Fossil Energy, a 23% decrease from last year's allocation
of $842 million. Within Fossil Energy, oil and natural gas research
and development would be eliminated. The President also requests that
the Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum
Research Fund passed as a mandatory funding program with revenues
through oil and gas leases in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 be repealed
by future legislation. The Office of Science budget request is $4,102
million, a 14% increase from last year's level of $3,596 million,
which includes $1,421 million (+25%) for Basic Energy Science programs.
Funding for the Yucca Mountain project, which is divided between the
Nuclear Waste Disposal and Defense Nuclear Waste Disposal accounts,
requested $545 million, a 10% increase from last year's $495 million
The budget request for NASA totals $16,792.3 million, a 1% increase
from last year's $16,623 million enacted level. Funding for the Science
Mission Directorate total $5,330 million, a 1.5% increase from FY
2006, and includes $1,610.2 million (+2%) for programs under the Solar
System Exploration account, $1,509.2 million (+0.1%) for activities
supporting The Universe program, and $2,210.6 million (+2%) for programs
under the Earth-Sun System.
The budget request for the USGS totals $944.8 million, a 3% decrease
from last year's allocation. This amount includes $217.4 million (-8%)
for Geological programs, $76.6 million (-41%) for Mapping programs,
$204.4 million (-3.5%) for Water programs, and $172.6 million (-3%)
for Geological Resources programs. The Mineral Resource Assessment
program is again slated for a massive reduction and the termination
of several activities. There are four projects highlighted in the
budget request, including a new Integrated Multi-Hazards Demonstration
Project, the National Streamflow Information Program, the Energy Resources
Program, and some new funding to begin development of the Landsat
8 ground system.
The budget request for NOAA totals $3,684 million, a 5.8% decrease
from FY 2006 funding. Most major divisions are slated for a decrease
with the exception of the National Weather Service that would receive
$881.9 million a 4% increase and the National Environmental Satellite,
Data, and Information Service that would receive $1,034 million, a
8.6% increase. The National Ocean Service would receive a total of
$413.1 million, a 30% decrease from last year's funding level, and
the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research would receive $348.7
million, an 8.2% decrease.
Additional information on each of these agencies as well as the budget
request for the Environmental Protection Agency, other Department
of the Interior agencies, and science education programs at the Department
of Education are available from the Overview of Fiscal Year 2007 Appropriations
webpage, at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis109/appropsfy2007.html
NEHRP Receives Request for NIST Funding
In 2004 President Bush signed the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction
Program (NEHRP) reauthorization (P.L. 108-360). This legislation reauthorized
NEHRP for another five years and authorized $176.5 million dollars
in spending spread over four agencies (NIST, FEMA, USGS and NSF).
As the lead agency, NIST was eligible to receive $8 million in FY
2004, $10 million in FY 2005 and $13 million in FY 2006, however,
NIST has not received any funding in these years and the program remains
without coordinated leadership. For FY 2007, the President's request
calls for $2 million for earthquakes, wind hazards, wildfires at the
urban interface and complex systems-multihazard analysis. About 70%
of these funds will be for NEHRP and wind hazards. NIST has recently
named a new director, Jack Hayes, to run the NEHRP program and the
four agencies will establish an advisory committee. In the near future,
NIST will put out a request in the Federal Register for nominations
for this committee and also for comments on revisions to the strategic
plan which needs to be updated for 2006-2010. There will also be a
special session at the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference on
Monday, April 17 at 4:00 to 5:30 pm to explain the process for establishing
an advisory committee and updating the strategic plan. Representatives
from all four agencies will be at this session and members of the
Earth science community are welcome to attend. Please follow updates
from AGI's Government Affairs Program, the Federal Register or the
special session of this conference so you can provide input for NEHRP
leadership at NIST, the strategic plan and the advisory committee.
For more information about the session and the conference please
Join Us for Congressional Visits Day on March 28-29
Join us for the 11th annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD) on March
28-29, 2006. This two-day annual event brings scientists, engineers,
researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to
raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology.
This year's theme is closely tied to the National Academies' report
"Rising Above the Gathering Storm" and the issue of national
competitiveness. Several bills have been introduced in Congress to
increase federal support for science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics education at all levels and to increase federal support
for basic research in the physical sciences. President Bush has also
announced his American Competitiveness Initiative. There is wide-spread
bi-partisan support for the recommendations from the "Rising
Above the Gathering Storm" report, and this support provides
an ideal time for the geoscientist to communicate with members of
Congress. Individuals interested in participating should contact the
Government Affairs Program at email@example.com.
Additional information on the recent competitiveness bills and proposals
is available at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis109/innovation.html
AGI Geoscience Leadership Forum
The Forum will bring together the presidents, executive directors
and AGI council representatives for a full day of discussion on "Communicating
Geosciences to the Public". This year's Forum is a collaborative
effort, organized by AGI, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists,
the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America.
The Forum will be hosted by the American Geophysical Union at their
Washington DC headquarters on May 1. A summary of the forum, the presentations
of the speakers and other details will be posted on AGI's webpage
under AGI events. We hope this will be a very constructive and productive
meeting for the member societies.
Teaching Evolution at the AAAS Meeting
There were many sessions at the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in St. Louis related to the teaching
of evolution in public schools. On February 17, there was a symposium
and clinic on "Teaching and Learning About Science". Speakers
in the symposium encouraged members of local communities to get involved
in their local school systems to ensure quality science education.
They also supported inquiry-based science education as an effective
way to improve the understanding of scientific concepts and motivate
students to study the many intriguing facets of science. There was
considerable discussion about whether teachers should identify their
own religious beliefs in the classroom and about how science and religion
might be discussed in a philosophy class.
On February 18, there was a session on "Constitutional Law and
Evolution" which focused on legal battles related to teaching
evolution in public schools. The attorneys who spoke noted that the
Supreme Court has never defined religion or science and they suggested
that it may not be possible or appropriate for the court to do so.
In deciding cases regarding the separation of church and state, they
rely on the Lemon test, the endorsement test and the coercion test.
The Lemon test formulated by Justice Burger based in the majority
opinion for Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971) determines when a law has the
effect of establishing religion. The endorsement test, formulated
by Justice O'Connor determines when a law causes excessive entanglement
with religious institutions and suggests government endorsement or
disapproval of religion. The coercion test, formulated by Justice
Kennedy, determines when a law coerces religious participation or
support. The attorneys suggested that the Supreme Court is now almost
evenly divided between conservative and liberal perspectives and Justice
Kennedy is the only "swing" vote left. Justice Kennedy may
not support the endorsement test in future deliberations because he
did not favor the test in previous cases. So without defining religion
or science, the court may be left with the Lemon test, the coercion
test and the possibility of defining a new test based on a specific
On February 19, there was a morning session on Anti-Evolution sponsored
by the Alliance for Science which reviewed some of the history and
current debates about teaching evolution in public schools. The Alliance
for Science describes its mission to achieve public understanding
and support for science and they are encouraging more scientists to
join their alliance. Information about the alliance is available at
An afternoon session entitled "Evolution on the Frontline",
sponsored by the AAAS and the Geological Society of America, brought
in more than 140 K-12 teachers and about 140 scientists to listen
to several speakers, take part in a small survey and discuss the priorities
of the survey in a panel discussion. In the survey the teachers were
asked to list their top 4 priorities regarding the teaching of evolution
from a list of 10. The top 4 picked by the teachers were (1) Need
help with how teachers should respond to the question "Why not
teach the controversy"; (2) Need help with framing the issue
so that students know they should approach science with open minds,
but understand that teachers are not equivocal about teaching evolution;
(3) Need help with reducing the amount of time and pressure they experience
when dealing with objections from a few students or parents; and (4)
Need help with answers to basic questions about evolution.
Video and power point presentations of the full session are available
100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference Adds More Policy Content
The Seismological Society of America (SSA) is celebrating its 100th
anniversary this year. The society's Centennial Annual meeting will
be held in San Francisco from April 18 - 22 and will commemorate the
100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The meeting
is joint with the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's Eighth
U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering and the Disaster
Resistant California Conference of the California Office of Emergency
AGI, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Incorporated
Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) have organized a policy
session on Wednesday, April 19 and a tutorial session on Friday, April
21. The tutorial will provide information, exercises and discussion
about how government works and how to communicate with policymakers.
Congressional members, congressional staff and state legislators will
participate in our discussion. In addition, scientists and engineers,
who have worked for a member of Congress for one full year as Congressional
Science Fellows will share their perspectives. The tutorial session
is entitled "How to Communicate with Policy-Makers". You
may sign-up for this free session on the conference website after
you have registered for the conference.
On April 17, a special session on the National Earthquake Hazards
Reduction Program (NEHRP) has been added to the schedule of events.
This session will bring together representatives from the four agencies
responsible for NEHRP to discuss the formation of an advisory committee
and the updating of the strategic plan. There may also be a field
hearing organized by the Senate Subcommittee on Disaster Prevention
and Prediction on April 18 and several members of Congress have been
invited to speak at the conference throughout the week.
More information about the joint conference is available at:
NOAA Requests Your Input on Strategic Plan
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is beginning
to develop their strategic plan for 2009-2013 and they are requesting
input from the community on priorities. NOAA's administrator sent
out an email and asked "As you think about NOAA priorities, please
consider the issues and trends that you believe are key to effective
long-term NOAA planning, focusing on emerging societal needs, market
trends, and technologies that could affect NOAA's portfolio of services."
You can submit your comments by March 9, 2006, via NOAA's Program
Planning and Integration website (www.ppi.noaa.gov), or by emailing
You will find NOAA's current strategic priorities at: http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/AGM_FY08.pdf.
MMS Releases Draft 5-Year Plan for OCS Leasing Program
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) released a draft proposed 5-year
plan for the oil and natural gas leasing program on the outer continental
shelf (OCS) and is seeking public comment. More than 85% of the OCS
around the lower-48 states has been placed off limits to energy development
by presidential withdrawals or congressional moratoria. The current
draft proposal includes studies to look at the potential for oil and
gas development off the coast of Virginia and a previously undeveloped
area in the North Aleutian Basin off the coast of Alaska. The inclusion
of these two areas is in response to discussions with the state legislatures.
The draft proposal includes 21 OCS lease sales in seven of the 26
OCS planning areas. MMS will accept public comments through April,
10, 2006. Additional information on the draft proposed plan and on
how to submit comments is available at http://www.mms.gov/5-year/2007-2012main.htm
Senators Seeking Response to Climate Change White Paper
In early February, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Chair Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Ranking Member Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
released a white paper designed "to lay out some of the key questions
and design elements of a national greenhouse gas program in order
to facilitate discussion and the development of consensus around a
specific bill." Rather than advocate specific viewpoints on a
potential greenhouse gas reduction program, the white paper poses
four key questions that Senate staff hope will induce discussion between
policymakers, industries, and environmentalists. The questions are:
(1) Should regulations apply to specific sectors or to the economy
as a whole, and should the regulatory process be "upstream"
(targeting energy producers and suppliers) or "downstream"
(targeting emitters)? (2) Should regulatory costs be mitigated through
allocation or auction of allowances, and who should receive allocated
allowances? (3) Should the U.S. system be designed to eventually allow
trading with other systems worldwide? (4) Should the U.S. system encourage
"comparable actions" by major trading partners?
The committee is currently seeking public comments in response to
the White Paper. Comments should be submitted to Climate_Conference@energy.senate.gov
by 5 pm EST on Monday, March 13th following the guidelines at http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Conferences.Detail&Event_id=4&Month=4&Year=2006.
A limited number of responders will be invited to participate in the
Conference on Climate Change being held on Tuesday, April 4th.
The full text of the Climate Change White Paper is available at http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=IssueItems.View&IssueItem_ID=33.
Cost-Effective Mitigation Topic of Congressional Briefing
On February 3rd, the Congressional Natural Hazards Caucus Alliance
hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on "Benefits of Mitigation: Overview
of Assessments of Future Savings" that focused on the recently
released reports by the Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) and the
National Academies of Sciences (NAS). The MMC report, entitled "Natural
Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independent Study to Assess the Future
Savings from Mitigation Activities" was the topic of the first
half of the briefing, with David Maurstad, Acting Mitigation Division
Director and Federal Insurance Administrator for Federal Emergency
Management Agency providing the opening statement. Thomas Tobin, MMC
Project Manager, and Adam Z. Rose, an economist at Pennsylvania State
University, provided an overview of the MMC report and key findings.
The second half of the briefing focused on the NAS report, entitled
"Improved Seismic Monitoring, Improved Decision Making, Assessing
the Value of Reduced Uncertainty", was the focus of the presentations
by William Leith, Advanced National Seismic System Coordinator, and
Adam Z. Rose, an economist at Pennsylvania State University. Information
about the speakers and copies of their presentations are available
online at http://www.hazardscaucus.org/briefings/assessments_briefing0206.html
China Vows to Double Research Spending
On February 9, 2006, the State Council of China vowed to double research
investment over the next 15 years. They urged defense companies to
develop new technologies for the civilian economy and civilian companies
to develop new technologies for the People's Liberation Army. The
Council (similar to the U.S. Cabinet) will set-up mechanisms to make
the research and development of civilian and defense companies more
interactive. According to the New China News Agency, the plan notes
"As a rapidly developing country, China must put the emphasis
on basic research in order to achieve national goals and solve key
problems that could appear in the future." Key technologies that
need more support include software, telecommunications, nuclear energy
and the military-managed space program. The Council would like to
see research and development spending rise from 1.23% of the gross
domestic product in 2004 to 2.5% of the gross domestic product in
AGU Releases Ocean Research Position Statement
On February 8th, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) held briefings
in the House and the Senate to discuss a new position statement entitled
"Renewing Investment in Ocean Research." The statement,
which was adopted in December 2005, endorses the findings of the U.S.
Commission on Ocean Policy. Specifics of the Commission's report include
implementing a framework of ecosystem-based ocean management, increasing
funding for basic ocean research, developing a comprehensive ocean
observing system, improving ocean modeling capabilities, modernizing
the entire fleet of research vessels, and increasing investments in
ocean education. Speaking at the briefing, Representative Sam Farr
(D-CA), Co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus, noted the importance
of ocean research to a number of disparate groups, including fishermen,
oil companies, and coastal populations. "We're all in it together,"
Farr said. Dr. Steven Bohlen, Chair of AGU's ocean statement panel,
added, "We are damaging the oceans, and what we don't know could
The full text of AGU's ocean research position statement is available
GSA Released White Paper on Coastal Impacts of Hurricanes
The Geological Society of America and the University of New Orleans
have released a white paper entitled "The Impact of Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita in Louisiana: America's Coasts Under Siege."
Written by Mark Kulp and Shea Penland of the University of New Orleans
along with Duncan Fitzgerlad of Boston University, the report details
the economic importance of the Louisiana coastal zone and the human-induced
loss of land in the region. The authors recommend either strategically
re-engineering the coast or planning a managed retreat from the coastal
areas where hazard risks are greatest. They conclude that "To
lift the siege on coastal Louisiana demands strategic, federally supported
plans that address the entire coastal zone and provide strong coastal
management policies that place preservation of the coastal zone above
individual stakeholder needs."
The white paper is available at http://www.geosociety.org/science/gpp/wp_0602katrina.pdf.
Public Access Bill for Federal Research may be Introduced Soon
A bill that requires every federal agency with extramural research
expenditures in excess of $100 million to develop a public access
policy for published research may be introduced in Congress in the
near future. The policy would request authors to submit the final
manuscript of an article accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed
journal to a stable digital repository maintained by the agency. The
final manuscript can be replaced by the published version with the
consent of the publisher. The manuscript must be made available for
public access no later than 6 months after publication. This policy
is similar to the National Institutes of Health Open Access policy.
The legislation has not yet been introduced in Congress, however,
the government affairs staff at AGI is closely following this issue
and we will update the community when any legislation is considered.
Asbestos Bill May Return to Senate Floor
The Fairness in Asbestos Resolution (FAIR) Act of 2005 (S.852) lost
a February 14 vote to remain on the Senate floor. The bipartisan bill
would reform the current litigation-based system of compensation for
asbestos victim by establishing a $140 billion trust fund financed
by insurance companies and asbestos manufacturers. To move forward,
the bill required 60 votes to overrule a budgetary point of order.
It came in one vote short at 59-40.
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), who sponsored the bill along with Senator
Pat Leahy (D-VT), is confident that the bill will return to the Senate
Floor for another vote. "Senator Inouye told me he would vote
to overrule the point of order which would have provided the sixtieth
vote and victory but he went home because his wife was sick,"
Specter stated in a press release following the vote. He has since
met with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN). Frist said he would
like to bring the bill back for another vote eventually, but that
the Senate is currently focusing on the Patriot Act. In the meantime,
Senator Specter is working to gain additional support for the act.
"We may change another vote or two," he said, "so we
may win this one yet."
AGI Summer Internship Deadlines Fast Approaching
AGI is seeking outstanding geoscience students and recent graduates
with a strong interest in federal science policy for a twelve-week
geoscience and public policy internship in summer 2006. Interns will
gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and the
operation of executive branch agencies. They will also hone their
writing and web-publishing skills. Stipends for the summer interns
are made possible through the generous support of the AIPG Foundation.
Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2006. For more information,
please visit http://www.agiweb.org/gap/interns/internsu.html.
Below is a summary of Federal Register announcements regarding federal
regulations, agency meetings, and other notices of interest to the
geosciences community. Entries are listed in chronological order and
show the federal agency involved, the title, and the citation. The
Federal Register is available online at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont05.html.
Information on submitting comments and reading announcements are also
available online at http://www.regulation.gov.
DOI: The DOI's Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration
Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on March 2, 2006, in Washington,
DC, to discuss subcommittee reports. Additional information on the
committee is available at, http://restoration.doi.gov.
[Federal Register: February 15, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 31)].
DOI: The Bureau of Land Management will hold listening sessions to
solicit suggestions from the public on how best to implement the split
estate provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. BLM is to review
current policies and practices for managing oil and gas resources
in split estate situations, that is, how the BLM provides for oil
and gas development and environmental protection where the surface
estate is privately owned and the mineral estate is owned and administered
by the Federal Government. Listening sessions will be scheduled during
late March 2006 in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Washington,
DC. Additional information is available at http://www.blm.gov/bmp.
[Federal Register: February 15, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 31)].
EPA: The EPA is soliciting nominations for scientists to serve on
the Science Advisory Board to conduct an evaluation of the complex
scientific and technical issues that affect the causes, location,
magnitude and duration of the hypoxic zone in the Northern Gulf of
Mexico, as well as the priority and feasibility of management and
control options in the Mississippi River Basin and Gulf to reduce
it. Nominations should be submitted by March 10, 2006, by contacting
Dr. Holly Stallworth, Designated Federal Officer, EPA Science Advisory
Board Staff, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (202) 343-9867. [Federal Register: February 17, 2006 (Volume 71,
New Updates to
The following updates and reports were added to the Government Affairs
portion of AGI's web site http://www.agiweb.org/gap
since the last monthly update:
- FY2007 National Science Foundation Appropriations (2-7-06)
- Hearings on Hurricane Katrina (2-8-06)
- FY2007 Department of Energy Appropriations (2-8-06)
- FY2007 Department of the Interior Appropriations (2-9-06)
- FY2007 NASA Appropriations (2-14-06)
- FY2007 Department of Education Appropriations (2-17-06)
- FY2007 Department of Commerce Appropriations (2-22-06)
- Hearings on Innovation and U.S. Competitiveness (2-22-06)
- Innovation and US Competitiveness (2-22-06)
- Hearings on Energy Policy (2-22-06)
- FY2007 Environmental Protection Agency Appropriations (2-24-06)
Monthly Review prepared by Linda Rowan, Director of Government Affairs,
Jenny Fisher 2006 AGI/AAPG Spring Intern, and Margaret Anne Baker,
Government Affairs Staff..
Sources: American Geophysical Union website, E&E Daily, Press
Releases of Senators Frist and Specter, Senate Energy and Natural
Resources Committee website, Geological Society of America website,
Washington Post, New York Times, NOAA National Hurricane Center, Government
Accountability Office, and Minerals Management Service.
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Posted February 28, 2006.