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 [...]

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