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 [...]

New Administrator Defends NASA’s FY 2019 Budget To Senate Appropriators

2018-05-29T16:52:27+00:00 May 29, 2018|

(Credit: Tom Kimmell) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) held a hearing to review the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget. Why It Matters While space exploration is NASA’s [...]

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

2019-04-22T14:27:56+00:00 March 26, 2018|

(Credit: Shadyart87/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) 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 [...]

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 [...]

Sexual Harassment in Science

2019-04-22T15:02:03+00:00 March 5, 2018|

(Credit: Kevin McCoy/Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0) 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 [...]

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!”

2019-04-22T15:40:43+00:00 February 5, 2018|

(Credit: Kevin McCoy/Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0) 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) [...]

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

2019-04-22T15:54:48+00:00 January 22, 2018|

Credit: Public Domain 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/ By Michael Greshko) [...]

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 [...]

New Initiatives Offer Jobs, Funding To Women Only

2019-04-22T16:52:45+00:00 January 18, 2018|

To correct gender disparities in academic science, the Max Planck Society and the Australian government are taking the uncommonly direct approach of affirmative action. (From The Scientists/ By Ashley Yeager) -- For years, universities and funding organizations have attempted to address women’s underrepresentation among science faculty, whether by removing barriers to recruitment and retention [...]

Port Infrastructure In Need Of Updates

2018-01-16T15:35:04+00:00 January 16, 2018|

What It Was The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing: “America’s water infrastructure needs and challenges,” which focused on improvements for ports through the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).  Why It Matters Around 90 percent of the food, technology, and clothing we use daily is transported through ports. Whether inland or [...]

Streamlining Or Undermining?

2019-04-09T14:53:54+00:00 January 16, 2018|

(Click to enlarge) Baltic ringed seal pup (Credit: Shawn Dahle, NOAA) What It Was The House Natural Resources Committee held a markup of six environmental bills, including the Streamlining Environmental Approvals Act of 2017 (SEA Act; H.R. 3133), which amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (MMPA, P.L. 92-522). All bills [...]

December’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-01-29T14:58:02+00:00 January 8, 2018|

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol) What Passed Federal funding was a major focus at the end of 2017. A government shutdown was twice avoided by the passage of two short-term continuing resolutions (CR) that extended federal spending at just below fiscal year (FY) 2017 levels until December 22, 2017 (H.J. Res 123) [...]

Nomination For NOAA Administrator Moves Forward

2018-01-22T13:55:44+00:00 December 18, 2017|

What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a confirmation vote for presidential nominee Mr. Barry Myers (CEO, AccuWeather, Inc.) to serve as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a markup of the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018 (S. 2200) and the [...]

Fisheries Bills Swim Towards House Floor

2018-01-09T17:19:29+00:00 December 18, 2017|

(Credit: NOAA) What It Was The House Natural Resources Committee held a markup of 15 bills including two on fisheries— Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (H.R. 200) and RED SNAPPER Act (H.R. 3588). Both pieces of legislations passed by votes of 23-17 and 22-16, respectively. Why It [...]

Watchdog: Pentagon Taking Few Steps To Prepare Overseas Bases For Climate Change

2017-12-15T13:16:38+00:00 December 15, 2017|

The Pentagon has taken few steps to prepare its overseas installations for climate change, a government watchdog said Wednesday. (From The Hill/ By Rebecca Kheel) -- “While the military services have begun to integrate climate change adaptation into installations’ plans and project designs, this integration has been limited,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report [...]

An Entrepreneurial Bootcamp For Scientists?

2017-12-11T16:13:03+00:00 December 11, 2017|

What It Was The House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing titled “From lab to market: A review of NSF Innovation Corps” to discuss successes and improvements to the six-year-old program. Why It Matters The number of global problems that could find solutions from the fields of science, [...]

Continuing Resolution 2.0

2019-06-26T11:26:36+00:00 December 11, 2017|

(Credit: Martin Falbisoner/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) Why It Matters One of Congress’s major responsibilities is funding the federal government through the appropriations process. When this is not completed at the start of the fiscal year (October 1), it can lead to uncertainty and problems, such as delays on federal grant distribution, [...]

Assailed As Tool Of Industry, EPA Administrator Pruitt Affirms Importance Of Science

2017-12-12T11:53:57+00:00 December 11, 2017|

(Credit: EPA) EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pushed back on criticism that his agency has bent to industry influence, telling a congressional committee Thursday that science remains “essential” to the promulgation of policies and regulations affecting the environment and public health. (From USA Today/ By Ledyard King) -- Several Democrats on the House Commerce [...]

November’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-01-08T14:35:24+00:00 December 4, 2017|

What Passed The budget reconciliation process was used for tax reform last month in both chambers. The House passed their tax reform plan (H.R. 1) along party lines, which included provisions to impose taxes on graduate student tuition waivers and to end deductions of amount paid on student loan interest. The Senate version, which [...]

Is NOAA One Step Closer To Having An Administrator?

2018-01-08T14:09:42+00:00 December 4, 2017|

(Credit: AccuWeather) What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a nomination hearing to consider presidential nominee Mr. Barry Myers (CEO, AccuWeather, Inc.) to serve as the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Why It Matters Executive leadership is vital to, implementing missions, executing projects, creating an organizational [...]

A Less Frozen Frontier

2018-08-06T16:20:38+00:00 December 4, 2017|

Northwest Passage (Credit: NASA) What It Was A coalition of geoscience organizations and Representative Don Young (AK-At-large) hosted a briefing in the Geosciences and the U.S. Economy Series titled, “Geosciences in the Artic: Permafrost, Energy, and Trade Routes in the Last Frontier.” Why It Matters The United States is an Arctic nation [...]

Climate Skeptic From Texas Moves Closer To Top Environment Post Under Trump

2017-11-30T12:56:54+00:00 November 30, 2017|

A Senate committee approved Kathleen Hartnett White, a climate change skeptic and former chairwoman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, for a top environmental post Wednesday. Voting along party lines, the Senate’s Environment and Public Works committee approved White to head the Council on Environmental Quality. Her nomination must be approved by the full Senate before she is confirmed.

House Floor Action: NDAA and Flood Insurance Reauthorization

2018-01-08T14:51:38+00:00 November 20, 2017|

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA, H.R. 2810) passed the House (356-70) and Senate (by voice vote) this week. The 21st Century Flood Reform Act (H.R. 2874) passed the House (237-189). Activities of the U.S. military, ranging from understanding our ocean and providing disaster relief to enforcing laws and providing medical assistance, are authorized each year by the NDAA. Many provisions relate to the safety and security of our nation and our military, making this a must-pass bill that has been passed 55 years in a row.

Tax Reform: Graduate Student Tuition And ANWR Drilling

2018-02-02T14:28:47+00:00 November 20, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Map of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). (Credit: USGS) What It Was Both chambers worked on tax reform bills, which are advancing through the budget reconciliation process. The House’s bill, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), passed the chamber along a largely party-line vote (227-205) and includes a [...]

Diversifying The STEM Workforce

2018-01-29T14:54:02+00:00 November 20, 2017|

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a markup on four science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) bills (STEM Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act (H.R. 4375), Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act (H.R. 4323), Women in Aerospace Education Act (H.R. 4254), and Building Blocks of STEM Act (H.R. 3397)) and on three bills promoting research at the Department of Energy (Department of Energy Research Infrastructure Act of 2017 (H.R. 4376), Accelerating American Leadership in Science Act of 2017 (H.R. 4377), and Nuclear Energy Research Infrastructure Act of 2017 (H.R. 4378)). All seven bills passed out of committee by voice vote.

Science Serving Communities

2017-11-30T15:26:25+00:00 November 13, 2017|

The Sea Grant Association, in conjunction with Representatives Lee Zeldin (NY-1) and Joe Courtney (CT-2), hosted a briefing, “Using science and outreach to assist state and local decision makers in disaster preparedness and public safety.” Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, Irma, and Nate, along with raging wildfires, have wreaked havoc on the lives of Americans this year, leading Congress to appropriate $50 billion in emergency disaster aid since September. Sea Grant supports research that seeks to understand natural disasters, how humans and nature respond, and how to prepare for the future based on past outcomes.

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