Issues

Below are current issues and communications developed to help advance the policy goals of the materials community.

Scientific and Engineering Group Letter on S_ 1347 »

Coburn-Heitkamp substitute to Senate Bill 1347, Conference Accountability Act of 2013 Multi-Society letter to Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs expressing concern about the current and proposed restrictions on the ability of federal and contractor scientists and engineers to participate in scientific and technical conferences. (July 2014)

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Energy Critical Elements Act of 2014 »

Letter from MRS President to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Leadership in support of H.R. 1022, Energy Critical Elements Act of 2014, to enhance the future U.S. position in critical minerals and materials.  (July 2014)  

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AAAS R&D Budget Analysis with Materials Science Chapter 2015 »

MRS contributes a materials chapter for the AAAS R&D Budget book that assesses the proposed federal government budget for FY2015. The full report may be viewed at the AAAS website: http://www.aaas.org/page/aaas-report-xxxix-research-and-development-fy-2015 (May 2014)

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Driving Innovation Through Federal Investments »

Letter to Senate Committee on Appropriations thanking the Committee for holding a hearing on how federal investments in scientific research and engineering drive innovation. (April 2014)

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Close the Innovation Deficit with Strong Federal Investments in Research »

50 leading business, higher education, scientific, and patient organizations urge members of Senate Appropriations Committee panel to make strong, sustained investments in research in order to Close the Innovation Deficit. (April 2014)

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Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013 »

Joint support letter from APS and MRS to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (March 2014)

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Task Force on American Innovation–Close the Innovation Deficit »

Letter from TFAI urging Congressional Leadership to take significant steps during the FY 2015 appropriations process to help close the innovation deficit and maintain our nation’s innovation and economic leadership. (February 2014)

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R&D in the FY 2014 OMNIBUS »

Early assessments of how federal R&D funding will ultimately fare in FY 2014.  Prepared by AAAS. (January 2014)

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OMB Federal Travel Restrictions »

Letter from the MRS President and Executive Director to Senators Carper and Coburn on the impact OMB federal travel restrictions have on the national research enterprise and our innovation-based economy. (January 2014)

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Eliminate Sequestration »

Letter from the Task Force on American Innovation to the Congressional Committees on the Budget urging they reach an agreement in the FY14 budget that provides relief from the sequester and helps close our nation’s innovation deficit by ensuring sustained and robust support for scientific research and STEM education. (December 2013)

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Innovation Deficit »

Letter from the Task Force on American Innovation to President Obama urging sustained and robust support for scientific research and STEM education to close our nation’s innovation deficit. (October 2013)

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Federal Helium Reserve »

Letter to U.S. Congressional leadership from multiple science and technology organizations requesting Congress act urgently to approve legislation to secure the helium supply and send legislation to the president before October 1. (September 2013)

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Public Access Data Policies »

Joint professional society letter to the Office of Science and Technology Policy to consider a separate public access plan and timeline for scientific data beyond that for public access for publications and data directly associated with scholarly publications. (July 2013)

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Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-12-12 on Federal Employee Participation in Conferences »

Letter to U.S. Congressional Leadership from multiple science and technology organizations to prevent Memorandum M-12-12 from being applied in a way that hampers the legitimate and necessary interactions among scientific and technical researchers. (May 2013)

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NSF Merit Review Process for Awarding Research Grants »

Letter to U.S. Representative Lamar Smith, Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, urging Congress to avoid legislative attempts that could undermine a decades-long system of success and ultimately impede discovery and innovation. (May 2013)

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Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act (H.R. 527) »

Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Leadership to promptly schedule a floor vote on H.R. 527 to ensure a secure and continuous supply of helium in maintaining U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing and cutting-edge scientific research. (April 2013)

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Federal Restrictions on Employee Travel-Reject Senate Amendment 67 »

Letter to U.S. Congressional Leadership from MRS President to reject Senate Amendment 76 to the Continuing Resolution, HR 933, which would restrict the number of government employees who can attend any conference meeting to 25 people. (March 2013)

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Sequestration »

Joint professional society letter to U.S. Congressional Leadership to avoid drastic, indiscriminate cuts to federal science research and development programs.  (February 2013)

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Intersociety Letter on Government Travel and Conference Participation »

Oversight for Existing and Proposed Federal Travel and Meeting Policies Letter to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census, from U.S. science, engineering and  higher education organizations to provide effective oversight without adding to the administrative burden and expense of cutting off the participation of federal scientists and engineers at conferences.  (February 2013)

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