Monthly Review: March 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.
PACE Legislation Moving Forward
Several Senate committees have begun addressing the Protecting America's
Competitive Edge (PACE) legislation package. After holding a series
of hearings, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
passed the PACE-Energy Act (S.2197) on March 8. The Senate Committees
on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and Commerce, Science, and
Transportation have each held a series of hearings on the PACE-Education
Act (S.2198), although no further action has been taken on the bill
by either committee. The PACE-Finance Act (S.2199) is awaiting action
by the Senate Committee on Finance.
The PACE Acts can be viewed online at:
PACE-Energy - http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:s.2197:
PACE-Education - http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:s.2198:
PACE-Finance - http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:s.2199:
Competitiveness Amendment Included in House College Access &
In a 293 - 134 vote, the full House approved the American Competitiveness
Amendment to the College Access and Opportunity Act (H.R.609) on March
29. Introduced by Representative Cathy McMorris (R-WA), the amendment
seeks to increase the number of teachers qualified to teach Advanced
Placement (AP) courses and the number of qualified math and science
professionals serving as adjunct teachers in secondary schools. Rather
than create new programs, the amendment adds uses of funds to two
provisions in the act: Title II (Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants)
and the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program.
The College Access and Opportunity Act was passed by the House on
March 30 in a 221-199 vote. The legislation can be viewed online at:
House Innovation Legislation Introduced, Preliminary Hearings
On March 1, 2006, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced
the Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2006 (H.R.4845). "The
Innovation and Competitiveness Act is a consensus piece of legislation
to get Congress engaged in the business of promoting innovation in
America by creating additional incentives for private individuals
and businesses to create and rollout new products and services so
that America will remain the world leader in innovation," Goodlatte
said in his introduction of the bill. The bill focuses on education,
taxation, liability reform, and health care reform. Unlike the President's
American Competitive Initiative, the PACE bills, and other competitiveness
legislation, H.R.4845 does not include any provisions to increase
research funding for federal agencies.
The text of the bill, a summary, and a link to the press release
are available at: http://www.house.gov/goodlatte/innovation109.htm
In related news, the House Science Committee has begun holding a
series of hearings to aid in the development of legislation related
to U.S. competitiveness. According to the Science Committee website,
"The Committee plans to introduce the legislation next month
and hopes to move the bills to the House floor by May or June."
Kennedy, Santorum Introduce Additional Innovation Legislation
On March 2, 2006, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) introduced S.2357,
the Right Time to Reinvest in America's Competitiveness and Knowledge
Act (Right TRACK Act). Of primary interest to scientists in the Right
TRACK legislation are increases in research funding of 10 percent
per year through fiscal year (FY) 2013 for the Department of Energy
(DOE), the Department of Defense (DOD), the National Science Foundation
(NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and
the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The legislation also promotes
increased use of renewable energy sources by extending the tax credit
for solar energy and creating tax credits for other forms of "green
electricity," including wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and
hydropower sources. The act also makes permanent the research and
development tax credit.
A number of education provisions fall under Title II of the bill,
known as the New National Defense Education Act (New NDEA). In particular,
the New NDEA would require all states to perform science assessments
in the 4th and 8th grades; double funding for education programs at
NSF; provide tuition grants for low- and middle-income students in
science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields; and increase
loan forgiveness for STEM teachers in high-poverty schools. It would
also raise funding for NSF's Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program
to $400 million in FY 2007 (funded at $63 million in FY 2006), followed
by annual increase of 10 percent through FY 2011.
A press release with a summary of the legislation is available at:
On March 15, 2006, Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) introduced S.2423,
the Securing Excellence in Education for our Kids (SEEK) in Math and
Science Act of 2006. The SEEK legislation focuses on K-12 and undergraduate
education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
fields. The act authorizes the development of teacher recruitment,
training, and retention programs, including a part-time master's degree
program for STEM middle- and high-school teachers; a scholarship program
for undergraduates in STEM fields who receive concurrent teaching
certification and complete a five-year teaching requirement; bonuses
for highly-qualified STEM teachers who teach in high-need schools;
and loan interest payments for STEM teachers and professionals. An
additional provision of the legislation provides grants for schools
that pilot a differentiated compensation for K-12 math and science
teachers. The compensation system would be "based primarily on
measures of improvement in student academic achievement."
A press release on the legislation is available
Congress Begins Working
on the Budget
Last month President Bush released his fiscal year (FY) 2007 budget
request to Congress, and this month Congress has started down a path
of its own for the FY 2007 budget. The House and the Senate Appropriations
committees have held a series of hearing this month on the President's
budget request. At the same time, the House and Senate Budget committees
have finalized their non-binding budget resolutions that provide an
outline for total federal spending for FY 2007. The final resolution
is not passed on to the White House for enactment; rather it is the
congressional response to the President's budget proposal, a financial
plan that Congress agrees to follow in the appropriations process
and in legislation affecting entitlement programs, taxes and other
matters affecting revenue. It sets the total spending levels that
will be available for the Appropriations subcommittees to spend.
On March 16th, the Senate passed its budget resolution (S. Con. Res.
83) in a partisan 51-49 vote. The Senate resolution provides a total
of $872.5 billion for discretionary spending, with $26.1 billion for
the General Science, Space and Technology account, $3.8 billion for
the Energy account, and $28.2 billion for the Natural Resources and
Environment account. The Senate resolution assumes $3 billion in revenues
over the next five years from oil and gas production in the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The accompanying report to the budget
resolution states that "While the budget resolution cannot dictate
the contents of legislation reported by any committee, the FY 2007
Budget Resolution can and does instruct the Energy and Natural Resources
Committee to meet a reconciliation target totaling $3 billion over
the 2007-2011 period." The report also supports the President's
request for increased funding for the National Science Foundation,
the Office of Science within the Department of Energy and the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration. The committee differed with
the President's request for cuts in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) and resolved that NOAA should be funded at not
less than its fiscal year 2006 level.
The House Budget Committee passed its budget resolution (H.Con.Res.376)
on March 29th along party lines (22-17) and it now awaits floor debate.
The House resolution provides $872.8 billion in discretionary spending,
which, similar to the Senate version, does not include $90 billion
in emergency supplemental funding. The House version provides a total
of $25.8 billion for the General Science, Space, and Technology account,
$3.8 billion for the Energy account, and $28.2 billion for the Natural
Resources and Environment account. Floor debate on the budget resolution
should begin the first week in April and it is likely that many amendments
will be introduced to increase mandatory and discretionary spending.
Once the House and Senate have budget resolutions and have provided
total spending amounts for the appropriations bills, then the Appropriations
subcommittees in both chambers will begin the long work of writing
the details of how these amounts will be divided between federal programs.
As House Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle (R-IA) said in his opening
statement last week, "it's important to note the while our budget
sets the overall number, it is the work of the Appropriations Committee
to determine how that money is allocated."
Senate Climate Conference
Coming Up Soon
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a
day-long Climate Conference on April 4 in Room G50 of the Dirksen
Senate Office Building. Topics to be discussed include business perspectives
on climate policy decisions (9:40 am - 10:50 am), analysis of domestic
design options (11:00 am - 12:10 pm), perspectives on domestic design
(2:30 pm - 3:40 pm), and trading and international competitiveness
(3:45 pm - 5:00 pm). Panelists to speak at the conference include
representatives from industry, government, and non-profit groups.
The conference schedule and list of participants are available at:
Support for Science Funding
On March 9, Representatives Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), Rush Holt (D-NJ),
Bob Inglis (R-SC), and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) began collecting signatures
for a Dear Colleague letter circulating in the House that requests
increased funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Specifically,
the letter asks Congress to provide NSF with the full $6.02 billion
requested by the administration for fiscal year 2007. As of March
31, 156 representatives had signed the letter. The letter, which closed
on April 3rd, will now be sent to the House Appropriations Subcommittee
on Science, State, Justice and Commerce. The full text of the letter
was originally sent out as an AGI Action Alert on March 16 and is
available online at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis109/nsfdearcolleague_alert.html.
A second Dear Colleague letter began circulating in the House on
March 6. Written by Representatives Judy Biggert (R-IL), Adam Schiff
(D-CA), and Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), the letter requests that Congress
provide the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science with $4.1
billion in fiscal year 2007, the amount requested by the administration.
As of March 31, 103 representatives had signed the letter. A similar
letter was circulated in the Senate by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). As of March 31, 51 senators had signed the
letter. Both letters closed on March 31.
Record Turnout at
Congressional Visits Day
A record number of geoscientists attended the eleventh annual Science-Engineering-Technology
Congressional Visits Day on March 28 and 29. Sixty-nine Earth scientists
and geo-engineers from AGI member societies conducted more than 200
visits in the House and the Senate. The geoscientists joined over
300 scientists and engineers in a two-day effort to raise support
for federal investments in science and engineering. Participants from
the American Geophysical Union, the American Association of Petroleum
Geologists, the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists,
the Association for Women Geoscientists, the Geological Society of
America, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and the
National Speleological Society spent a day learning about the proposed
fiscal year 2007 budget for geoscience research and education, followed
by a day sharing their concerns with their representatives and senators.
Geoscientists also attended a reception at the Capitol Hill Club to
honor Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), Chair of the House Appropriations
Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice, and Commerce and a breakfast
that featured Representative Bob Inglis (D-SC) and John Culberson
The annual CVD event is sponsored by the Science-Engineering-Technology
Work Group, an information network comprising professional scientific
and engineering societies, higher education associations, institutions
of higher learning, and trade associations. The two-day event is a
great opportunity for scientists, engineers, researchers and educators
to speak with their representatives on Capitol Hill about the importance
of the sciences. For more information, please visit the CVD website
Seeks Input on Grand Research Questions in Solid-Earth Sciences
The National Academies' Board on Earth Sciences and Resources has
formed a committee to identify key research questions in the solid-Earth
sciences. Preliminary questions being considered by the committee
1. How did the Earth and planets form?
2. What happened during Earth's dark age (the half billion years before
the oldest known rock formed)?
3. How did life begin on Earth?
4. Why plate tectonics?
5. How has Earth's interior evolved, and how has it affected the surface?
6. Why does Earth have a magnetic field?
7. How do life and Earth co-evolve?
8. How has Earth's climate changed, and why?
9. Can we understand and predict catastrophic natural events?
10. How do material properties control planetary processes?
11. How do air, water, land, and life processes interact to shape
The committee is seeking input on these questions and suggestions
for other questions. Feedback can be submitted online through August
2006 at: http://dels.nas.edu/besr/grq_input.php
Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP)
NEHRP has created a new web site dedicated to the program. The web
site is http://www.nehrp.gov.
NEHRP is requesting public comments on its existing strategic plan
for 2001-2005, which is being updated for 2006-2010. Comments may
be submitted via the web, email, fax, or regular mail. The process
for submitting comments is available on the NEHRP web site at http://nehrp.gov/public_comments.html.
All comments must be received by 5 pm EDT on Friday, May 26, 2006.
NEHRP will hold an overview session at the 100th Anniversary of the
1906 San Francisco Earthquake Conference on Monday, April 17, 2006,
at 4:00 pm at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA. At
this session, the NEHRP agencies will provide a brief overview presentation
on implementation of changes required by the NEHRP Reauthorization
Act of 2004 and the process for updating the NEHRP Strategic Plan.
Attendees at this session will be provided an opportunity for community
discussion of the plan.
NIST will develop and maintain an email list server for NEHRP to
send out information of interest about the program to the earthquake
hazards community from time to time. If you would like to be added
to the list server, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the
word "subscribe" written in the subject line, or you can
complete the "NEHRP Information Registration Form" at http://nehrp.gov/register/NEHRPRegform.asp.
Change in Leadership
at Department of the Interior
Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton, submitted her letter of resignation
on March 10th to President Bush. Her resignation is effective at the
end of the month. Norton cited the desire to return to the West and
to pursue a path in the private sector in her letter of resignation.
She also said in the letter that "one aspect of Washington that
I will not miss is the divisiveness that too often prevails."
Norton's tenure at the Department of the Interior (DOI) has been controversial
at times, because of her support for opening more federal lands to
energy exploration and revising the Endangered Species Act. President
Bush has nominated Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne as a replacement
for Norton. As governor for eight years, Kempthorne is a part of the
court case to challenge the Clinton-era Roadless Area Conservation
Rule that limits road building and access to national forest land.
He also has worked to broker a deal over water rights between the
federal government and the Nez Perce Indian Tribe. Senators from both
parties have indicated that the confirmation process for Kempthorne,
who served as a senator representing Idaho for one term, will be relatively
USGS Water Data Useful
Tools for Hazards and Health
The U.S. Geological Survey held a congressional briefing on March
17th to highlight the role of streamgages in mitigating flooding hazards.
The well attended briefing provided an opportunity for the agency
to bring in some of its partners to talk about the type of information
that streamgages provide and how that information is used at the federal
and local levels. Speakers at the event included Peter Gabrielsen,
from the National Weather Service, Steve Fitzgerald, from the Harris
County Flood Control District, and David Ford, from the David Ford
Consulting Engineers, Inc.. USGS Associate Director for Water Robert
M. Hirsch opened the briefing by saying that the streamgage network
is critical for saving lives and mitigating flooding hazards across
the country. Gabrielsen discussed how the National Weather Service
uses streamgage information to provide flood prediction to state and
local level governments to help mitigate against flood damage. Fitzgerald
and Ford provided more detailed examples of how streamgage data are
used by decision makers, citing an example of a parking garage near
a river that uses the information to decide when they should close
due to possible flood conditions. Information on the briefing and
USGS streamgage programs is available at http://www.usgs.gov/solutions/floods_17march06.html
In related news, the USGS released a report on pesticides in the
nation's streams and groundwater resources. The report concludes that
pesticides are frequently present in surface waters in urban and agricultural
areas but that pesticides are much less common in groundwater. The
ten-year study was done in association with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) in part to provide data to the EPA's exposure
risk assessments for regulating the use of pesticides. The study focuses
on 51 major basins and aquifer systems and did not focus on testing
at drinking-water intakes. A copy of the report is available at http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/circ./circ1291
or additional information on the pesticide assessment is available
On March 13, 2006, Google, in collaboration with planetary scientists
at Arizona State University, introduced a new web site called Google
Mars. The web site contains three different types of global maps of
Mars: 1. A shaded relief map, generated with data from the Mars Orbiter
Laser Altimeter on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, 2. a mosaic
of visible images taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera on Global Surveyor,
and 3. a mosaic of infrared images taken by the Thermal Emission Imaging
System on NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft. You can change the resolution
of the maps, move to different areas of the map and locate features
such as craters, mountains and spacecrafts. You can find the martian
maps at http://www.google.com/mars/.
The site may be expanded in the future with more data and more maps.
SSA 100th Anniversary
Earthquake Conference Coming Up, Distinguished Lectureship Nominations
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: http://www.1906eqconf.org
In related news, SSA and IRIS are seeking nominations from the seismological
community for two distinguished lecturers for 2007. Each lecture will
be given multiple times to large public audiences in order to increase
public understanding of and excitement for seismology. SSA and IRIS
will provide reimbursement for travel expenses as well as a $1000
honorarium for each lecturer.
Nominations must include a vision statement with a specific description
of how the proposed presentation will fulfill the general public outreach
goals of the lectureship program. Past experience and perspective
on successfully communicating seismological ideas to large public
audiences are desirable. Self-nominations are encouraged. For full
consideration, nominations must be received by March 27, 2006. Please
email nominations or questions to Gayle Levy at email@example.com.
More information, past speakers and their presentations can be found
World Water Forum
Held in Mexico
The World Water Council held the 4th triennial World Water Forum
in Mexico City on March 16-22, 2006. The forum brought together over
5,000 representatives from 148 countries to discuss global supplies
of potable freshwater. Five thematic topics were addressed in the
forum: providing water for growth and development, implementing integrated
water resources management techniques, addressing water sanitation
issues, managing water resources for food and the environment, and
managing water-related risks.
A major issue addressed at the forum was privatization of drinking
water, including the use of bottled water in countries lacking adequate
supplies of potable water. Last year in Mexico alone, citizens spent
over $3.4 billion on bottled water, a product one delegate called
"a stealth privatization." The issue brought nearly 10,000
demonstrators to Mexico City to protest against privatization of drinking
water services. Official representatives at the forum sided with the
protestors and voted to release a statement affirming that governments
should be responsible for providing citizens with potable water, not
A report on the proceedings of the World Water Forum will be available
online at http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/index.php?id=32&L=0.#739.
AGI Submits Appropriations
Testimony to the House
On March 16th, AGI submitted testimony to four House Appropriation
subcommittees highlighting the budget of key federal geoscience agencies
and programs. The testimony provides AGI with the opportunity to inform
the committee on how the presidential budget request affects the Earth
sciences. The testimony for the House Energy and Water Appropriations
Subcommittee stressed the importance of continued funding for the
Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and voiced support
for the increased funding for the department's Office of Science Basic
Energy Research. Similarly, the AGI testimony for the House Interior
Appropriations Subcommittee stressed the importance of federal support
for the Mineral Resources Program and the National Cooperative Geologic
Mapping program as well as other programs at the USGS. AGI also provided
testimony to promote increased funding for Earth science programs
at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, and
to support the President's request for the National Science Foundation.
The full text of the testimony provided to the four subcommittees
is available at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/gapac/testimony.html
AGI Seeking Applications
for Fall Internship Program
AGI is seeking outstanding geoscience students with a strong interest
in federal science policy for a fourteen-week geoscience and public
policy internship in the fall 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 semester internships are funded by a generous
contribution from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2006. For more information,
please visit http://www.agiweb.org/gap/interns/internse.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 Mineral Management Service announced its intent to prepare
an environmental impact study (EIS) on the tentatively scheduled 2007-2012
oil and gas leasing proposals in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico,
off the States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Comments
on the scope of the EIS, significant issues that should be addressed,
and alternatives that should be considered can be submitted at https://ocsconnect.mms.gov.
[Federal Register: March 7, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 44)].
EPA: The Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan and schedule
for the review of the air quality criteria and national ambient air
quality standards (NAAQS) for lead. This review will take into account
newly emerging research on the effects of airborne lead on human health
and the environment. The schedule for this review incorporates Clean
Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) review and will be completed
by September 1, 2008. [Federal Register: March 8, 2006 (Volume 71,
DOI: The Bureau of Land Management and the Minerals Management Service
request comments and suggestions to assist in preparing a proposed
rule governing carbon dioxide injection for increased production and
recovery of oil and natural gas. Comments will be accepted at http://www.regulations.gov
until April 7, 2006. [Federal Register: March 8, 2006 (Volume 71,
DOI: The Bureau of Land Management and the Minerals Management Service
request comments and suggestions to assist in the preparation of proposed
regulations governing Gas Hydrate Production Incentives. Comments
will be accepted at http://www.regulations.gov
until April 7, 2006. [Federal Register: March 8, 2006 (Volume 71,
DOI: The DOI Minerals Management Service will hold a panel discussion,
entitled ``The Energy Policy Act of '05--What Lies Ahead,'' on April
25, 2006, in Houston, Texas. The intent of the panel discussion is
to bring together some of the leading experts from the Department
of the Interior who are responsible for implementing the provisions
of the Act. The panel will discuss major provisions of the Act and
will provide the latest implementation status regarding the provisions,
including alternate energy related uses on the outer continental shelf
(OCS); coastal impact assistance; royalty incentives; royalty credits;
and streamlined oil and gas permit processing. For additional information
[Federal Register: March 17, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 52)].
NSF: The NSF Polar Programs Advisory Committee will hold a meeting
on May 18-19, 2006, in Arlington, VA, to advise NSF on the impact
of its policies, programs, and activities of the polar research community,
to provide advice to the Director of OPP on issues related to long-range
planning. [Federal Register: March 20, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 53)].
DOI: The Bureau of Land Management North Slope Science Initiative
Technical Group will hold a meeting on April 25-26, 2006, in Fairbanks,
AK to discuss Energy Policy Act and NSSI, foreseeable developments
over the next 20 years by member agencies, expectations of Oversight
Group and Science Technical Group members, and priority issues and
projects for NSSI. [Federal Register: March 21, 2006 (Volume 71, Number
NSF: The NSF Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education
will hold a meeting on May 12-13, 2006, in Arlington, VA to provide
advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for environmental
research and education. [Federal Register: March 27, 2006 (Volume
71, Number 58)].
DOE: The DOE Office of Fossil Energy Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee
will hold a meeting on April 24-25, 2006, in Washington, DC, to discuss
major interagency issues, including activities in other nations, FY2007
budgets, reauthorization, interagency coordination and Interagency
Roadmap; the Energy Policy Act of 2005 requirements; and recommendations
to DOE regarding planning and future activities. [Federal Register:
March 27, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 58)].
NSF: The NSF Engineering Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on
May 3-4, 2006, in Arlington, VA, to provide advice, recommendations
and counsel on major goals and policies pertaining to engineering
programs and activities. [Federal Register: March 31, 2006 (Volume
71, Number 62)].
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:
- Innovation and US Competitiveness (3-31-06)
- Hearings on Volcanic Hazards (3-20-06)
- Hearings on Nuclear Waste Management (3-20-06)
- Hearings and Briefings on Climate Change (3-20-06)
- Hearings on Innovation and U.S. Competitiveness (3-16-06)
- Hearings on Energy (3-16-06)
- Action Alert: Support Increased Funding for NSF (3-16-06)
- FY2007 Department of Agriculture Appropriations (3-9-06)
- FY2007 NASA Appropriations (3-7-06)
- FY2007 Appropriations Hearing Summaries (3-7-06)
- Hearings on Wind Hazards (3-3-06)
- Innovation and US Competitiveness (1-31-06)
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: Washington Post, Greenwire, World Water Council, Senate
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, National Academies Board
on Earth Sciences and Resources, Seismological Society of America,
Senate and House Press Releases, House Science Committee, Senate Budget
Committee, House Budget Committee, Department of the Interior, U.S.
Geological Survey, Google
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Program (GAP) Advisory Committee, the leadership of AGI's member societies,
and other interested geoscientists as part of a continuing effort
to improve communications between GAP and the geoscience community
that it serves. Prior updates can be found on the AGI web site under
"Public Policy" <http://www.agiweb.org>.
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Posted April 3, 2006.