The Future Of The Fleets

2018-10-15T16:14:58+00:00 October 15, 2018|

(Credit: Chief Petty Officer David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled: “The Future of the Fleets: Coast Guard and NOAA Ship Recapitalization” Why It [...]

September’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-10-09T16:40:25+00:00 October 9, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed For the first time in over two decades, five appropriation bills were signed into law before the end of the fiscal year (FY). The first FY 2019 appropriations “minibus” (H.R. 5895, P.L. 155-244) includes $147 billion for agencies included in the Energy-Water, Legislative Branch, [...]

Our Plastic Ocean

2018-10-11T14:49:16+00:00 October 1, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Environment and Public Works committee held a hearing titled, “Cleaning Up the Oceans: How to Reduce the Impact of Man-Made Trash on the Environment, Wildlife, and Human Health?” Why It Matters Plastic is used in countless products — from clothes to [...]

Fish Fights!

2018-09-24T16:34:23+00:00 September 24, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled. “Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources.” Why It Matters Seafood accounts for 20 percent of the animal protein in the human diet worldwide, and many people around the world depend on [...]

Smooth Sailing For Autonomous Surface Vehicles And Port Optimization In Transportation Hearing

2018-09-17T17:07:24+00:00 September 17, 2018|

(Credit: U.S. Navy) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled. “Transportation of Tomorrow: Emerging Technologies That Will Move America.” Why It Matters Safe, reliable maritime transportation is critically important to the blue economy and national security. Marine [...]

August’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-09-10T11:53:07+00:00 September 10, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed Last month the Senate passed two bills that would advance ocean science and an appropriations minibus (H.R. 6157), which included a spending package for the Department of Defense, Department of Education, and Department of Labor, and Health and Human Services. The Commercial Engagement Through [...]

Algal Blooms Harmful To Health, Economy, And Summer Fun

2018-09-04T12:52:07+00:00 September 4, 2018|

(Credit: Bob Hogensen, Martin County, Florida) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard hearing titled, “Harmful Algal Blooms: The Impact on Our Nation's Waters.” Why It Matters Several areas of the U.S., including the Great [...]

July’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-08-06T16:34:22+00:00 August 6, 2018|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed The Senate approved a $154.2 billion “minibus,” consisting of four appropriations bills funding (H.R. 6147) that would fund the Departments of Interior and Agriculture, among others. Several amendments were adopted, including ones that would create a working [...]

Senators See Disconnect Between Dollars And Deliverables Of NOAA’s Priorities

2018-07-30T15:03:45+00:00 July 30, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled, “NOAA’s Blue Economy Initiative: Supporting Commerce in American Oceans and Great Lakes.” Why It Matters Sectors of the economy that involve the ocean and Great [...]

Shark Research: Hunting For Discoveries Beyond The Ocean

2018-07-23T16:09:38+00:00 July 23, 2018|

(Credit: WHOI) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled, “SHARKS!” Why It Matters Sharks play a direct role in the health of the ocean (which humans rely on daily for everything from the air we breathe to [...]

June’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-07-16T17:03:56+00:00 July 16, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed Many appropriations bills moved last month, including the Senate’s Commerce-Justice-Science bill, which was approved by both the committee and subcommittee. So far, the full appropriations committees have approved all 12 bills in the Senate and 10 in the House. A minibus that includes the [...]

Buoying Our Nation’s Economy: The Role Of Ocean Data In Supporting The Blue Economy

2018-07-30T13:42:33+00:00 July 16, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the IOOS Association, in conjunction with the Senate Oceans Caucus (chaired by Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “Buoying our Nation’s Economy: The Role of Ocean Data in Supporting the [...]

Preparing Coastal Communities For Change

2018-07-02T17:06:27+00:00 July 2, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Sea Grant Association, in conjunction with the House Oceans Caucus (chaired by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Don Young (AK-At-Large)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “Preparing Coastal Communities for Change: Economic Resiliency, Fisheries, Coastal Erosion, Sea Level Rise, and Ocean Acidification.” Why [...]

The Science Of Food Security

2018-07-31T09:09:08+00:00 June 25, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Earth and Space Science Caucus (chaired by Representatives Ryan Costello (PA-6) and Jared Polis (CO-2)), supported by the Earth and Space Science Caucus Alliance, presented the second annual Congressional Earth and Space Science Caucus exhibition on “The Science Of Food Security.” [...]

Ocean Science And Technology Are Critical To An Effective Ocean Policy That Will Advance The Economic, Security, And Environmental Interests Of The United States

2018-06-25T17:20:40+00:00 June 20, 2018|

(Washington, D.C.) – In response to the release of the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, president and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, released the following statement. “The ocean has much to offer, but only [...]

Senate Spending Bill Supports Ocean Science, Research, And Education

2018-06-18T17:31:45+00:00 June 18, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was Senate appropriators marked up and approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Commerce-Justice-Science  (CJS) appropriations bill (S. 3072) with strong bipartisan support in both the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies and in the full Appropriations Committee.   Why It Matters Through the annual appropriations process, [...]

The Ocean Plastic Pollution Problem: Solvable with Science, Innovation, and Education

2018-06-18T17:32:01+00:00 June 18, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, in conjunction with the House Oceans Caucus (chaired by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Don Young (AK-At-Large)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “The Ocean Plastic Pollution Problem: Solvable with Science, Innovation, and Education.”  Why It Matters Plastic has [...]

May’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-06-11T16:53:45+00:00 June 11, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed The House passed (351-66) the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5515), which would authorize defense spending ($717 billion) for military activities, including a Department of Defense (DOD) study on attracting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-educated individuals from minority serving [...]

NOAA Digital Coast: Panel Praises The Power Of Partnerships

2018-06-11T16:54:00+00:00 June 11, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What it was The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled “A Decade of the Digital Coast Partnership Program: Successes and Opportunities.” Why it matters From planning infrastructure to making evacuation recommendations during a [...]

CJS Appropriations Bill Favoring NASA Space Science Flies Towards House Floor

2018-05-21T16:14:27+00:00 May 21, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The House Appropriations Committee held a markup on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 commerce, justice, and science (CJS) appropriations bill, which passed with some bipartisan support. Why It Matters Ensuring our nation’s security and prosperity relies in part on education, scientific discovery, competitive [...]

April’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-05-14T17:15:00+00:00 May 14, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Consortium for Ocean Leadership Staff What Passed A bill aimed at helping scientists and innovators to commercialize their products (H.R. 5086) passed the House with bipartisan support while another focused on mentoring and apprenticeships in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers (H.R. 5509) was agreed to in the [...]

Blue Technology: Innovation For The Ocean

2018-05-15T09:16:54+00:00 May 14, 2018|

(Credit: ASV Global) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Consortium for Ocean Leadership Staff What It Was The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing titled “Blue Technologies: Use of New Maritime Technologies to Improve Efficiency and Mission Performance.”  Why It Matters The United States Coast [...]

Draft House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill Includes Increases For NSF And NASA And Cuts For NOAA

2018-05-15T08:53:39+00:00 May 14, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Consortium for Ocean Leadership Staff What It Was House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a markup titled, “Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill.” Additionally, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies held a hearing to [...]

Illegal Fishing Is Even Darker Than It Seems

2018-04-30T15:27:00+00:00 April 30, 2018|

(Credit: U.S. Coast Guard) What It Was The Oceans Caucus Foundation Congressional briefing titled, “Illegal Fishing And Links To Global Human Trafficking Networks.” This was the second in their national security series, which highlights the ocean’s role in economy, safety, and food securities. Why It Matters Around the world, nations (including the [...]

The Key To Extended Forecasting Is The Ocean

2018-04-30T15:24:40+00:00 April 30, 2018|

What It Was Senator Brian Schatz (HI) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research hosted a congressional briefing titled, “The Oceans and Long-Range Weather Forecasting: Discovering Clues That Strengthen Subseasonal to Seasonal Predictions.” Why It Matters The weather forecast we rely on every day encompasses a tremendous amount of data and Earth science information. [...]

Deep Dive Into NOAA’s Core Priorities

2018-04-30T15:22:15+00:00 April 30, 2018|

What It Was Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet (Acting Undersecretary of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)), after delivering the keynote address for the American Meteorological Society’s Washington Forum, hosted a conversation with science writers from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the American Institute of Physics. The following contain the highlights of that [...]

Earth Science and Career Training Gain Committee Support

2018-04-23T08:24:19+00:00 April 23, 2018|

What It Was The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a markup on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5503) and on the Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act (H.R. 5509). Both bills passed out of committee with amendments and bipartisan support.  Why It Matters The National [...]

Congress Concerned About President’s Proposed Cuts For NOAA In FY 2019

2018-04-16T13:41:55+00:00 April 16, 2018|

What It Was The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a budget hearing titled, “Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.” Why It Matters The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the key federal agency responsible for understanding our ocean, managing commercial fisheries, forecasting weather and [...]

March’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-04-02T13:04:17+00:00 April 2, 2018|

(Credit: Getty Images) What Passed Congress kept us on the edge of our seats last month; with only hours remaining before the continuing resolution expired, the omnibus appropriations package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 was signed into law (P.L.115-141). Thanks to the February budget deal, the final bill included increases across federal [...]

Budget Questions For Commerce

2018-03-26T14:41:00+00:00 March 26, 2018|

What It Was The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a budget hearing on the administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of Commerce budget request. Why It Matters The Department of Commerce (DOC), which includes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), promotes economic growth in the U.S., from [...]

Ocean Sciences Win In Omnibus

2018-03-26T14:38:07+00:00 March 26, 2018|

What It Was The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 omnibus appropriations bill passed on Friday. As expected (thanks to the February budget agreement’s increase to budget caps), many funding levels for science; technology; and ocean agencies, programs, projects, offices, and initiatives saw increases over the previous FY 2018 congressional proposals and the FY 2018 president’s [...]

Science And Technology A Small Slice Of Proposed Defense Budget

2018-03-19T15:41:14+00:00 March 19, 2018|

What It Was The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing titled, “A Review and Assessment of the FY 2019 Budget Request for Department of Defense Science and Technology Programs.” Why It Matters The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for protecting our nation. Understanding the ocean, Earth, and [...]

National Science Foundation Sees Stable Top Line In President’s Budget Request; Will Directorates Also Benefit?

2018-03-19T15:39:59+00:00 March 19, 2018|

What It Was House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing titled, “An Overview of the National Science Foundation Budget Proposal for FY 2019.”  Why It Matters Understanding our world, including ocean chemistry, artificial intelligence, and disease outbreaks, requires exploration, discovery, and innovation through basic research. Universities across the U.S. receive funding from [...]

Space Exploration Outperforms Earth Science In FY 2019 President’s Budget Request

2018-03-13T14:11:34+00:00 March 13, 2018|

What It Was The House Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Space held a hearing, “An Overview of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Budget for Fiscal Year 2019.” Why It Matters Understanding the ocean, weather, and climate is vital to our country’s national and economic security, as well as the safety of all [...]

Sexual Harassment in Science

2018-03-05T16:50:56+00:00 March 5, 2018|

What It Was The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing titled, “A Review of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in Science.” Why It Matters A longstanding problem, sexual harassment in the sciences not only has negative consequences on the victims but also on the profession itself. Most sexual [...]

Filling The STEM Gap

2018-02-20T14:03:34+00:00 February 20, 2018|

What It Was The House Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing titled, “Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships for STEM Education and Careers.” Why It Matters Careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are a major contributor to the U.S. economy.  Every day we rely on technology, innovation, and science to carry out [...]

Fifth Time’s The Charm?

2018-02-12T17:34:15+00:00 February 12, 2018|

What It Was Last week the House and Senate worked on buying more time to address FY 2018 appropriations. After arduous debate back and forth, progress was made by passing another continuing resolution (CR), an increase to the budget caps, and raising the debt ceiling. Why It Matters The delays in funding the government [...]

Trump’s 2019 Budget Released

2018-03-19T15:13:12+00:00 February 12, 2018|

What It Was Today President Trump released his fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget recommendations. As expected, the FY 2019 funding request used the administration’s FY 2018 budget recommendations as the baseline. COL will continue to track this on our science funding webpage. Key Points NSF: The FY 2019 budget request for National Science Foundation [...]

All Say, “Yay AICA!”

2018-02-05T12:41:50+00:00 February 5, 2018|

What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled “One Year Later: The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act.” Why It Matters Since 2007, the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act (COMPETES Act, P.L. 110-69) has maintained and grown the American science and [...]

Raising Seafood

2018-02-05T14:22:19+00:00 February 5, 2018|

(Credit: South Dakota State University) What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled, “Growing The Future: Opportunities To Support Domestic Seafood Through Aquaculture.” Why It Matters Seafood is a valuable staple for many Americans, and advances in research have made it possible to produce fish and [...]

January’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-01-29T13:06:16+00:00 January 29, 2018|

(Credit: Architect of the capitol) What Passed Last week, most federal work ceased for 70 hours due to Congress’s failure to pass a government funding bill. The newest continuing resolution (CR, P.L. 115-120) extends funding at near-fiscal year (FY) 2017 levels until midnight on February 8, giving Congress a few weeks to [...]

The Agency That Helped Create The Internet Now Wants To Wire The Ocean

2018-01-26T13:13:55+00:00 January 26, 2018|

(Credit: Argo) The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has had a hand in some of the most transformational innovations of the last half-century, including the computer network that evolved into the internet, the graphical user interface and passive radar. Now DARPA is seeking proposals for what could be the next big thing: a network of intelligent floats [...]

Seismic Testing And Offshore Drilling A Contentious Topic For Coastal States

2018-01-22T14:45:10+00:00 January 22, 2018|

What It Was The House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing titled, “Deficiencies in the permitting process for offshore seismic research.”  Why It Matters The decisions we make on ocean use effect everyone.  Our coastal waters can be used for shipping, fishing, tourism, research, energy production, security, among other things, and how we [...]

Changes for Defense’s Science Enterprise

2018-01-22T14:32:45+00:00 January 22, 2018|

What It Was The Senate Committee on Armed Services held a nomination hearing on four presidential appointed positions, including the Honorable Michael D. Griffin to be under secretary of defense for research and engineering at the Department of Defense (DOD). All four nominations passed out of committee. Why It Matters It is critical to [...]

Nomination Déjà Vu

2018-01-22T14:25:52+00:00 January 22, 2018|

What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a nomination markup on seven presidential appointed positions, including Mr. Barry Myers for Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Representative James Bridenstine (OK-1) for Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). All seven nominations passed out of [...]

How The U.S. Government Shutdown Could Impact Science

2018-01-22T10:09:54+00:00 January 22, 2018|

(Credit: Andrew Harrer/ Bloomberg Getty Images) Congress was not able to come up with a deal to approve a budget for federal agencies, leading the U.S. government to shut down. Much of the staff of U.S. science and environmental agencies could be hit with furloughs, with possible lost pay. (From National Geographic/ [...]

China Declared World’s Largest Producer Of Scientific Articles

2018-01-19T17:03:10+00:00 January 19, 2018|

(Credit: NSF) For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of the total number of science publications, according to statistics compiled by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). (From Nature/ By Jeff Tollefson) -- The agency’s report, released on 18 January, documents the United States’ increasing competition from China [...]

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