November 17, 2010
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden represented NSPE at a Renewable Natural Resources Foundation congressional briefing, "Assessing America's Renewable Energy Future." The briefing featured presentations on wind, solar, and biomass energy and included speakers from the White House, USDA, universities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. NSPE supports investment in research and development of all forms of energy in order to diversify America's energy portfolio and reduce reliance on foreign oil.
November 16, 2010
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a stakeholder teleconference with the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health regarding the External Defibrillator Improvement Initiative. The initiative seeks to encourage innovation in and improve the safety and effectiveness of the next generation of external defibrillators. While FDA urges consumers to continue using current external defibrillators, the agency hopes to improve design and manufacturing practices to enhance future devices and reduce instances of failure.
NSPE will discuss engineering design practices that could improve external defibrillators at an FDA workshop in December.
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a Coalition for National Science Funding meeting , where representatives from the National Science Foundation discussed t he Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science program. STAR METRICS would allow the federal government to document the impact of federal science investment on economic growth, workforce outcomes, scientific knowledge, and social outcomes.
NSPE is a member of CNSF, an alliance of more than 125 organizations united by a concern for the future of the national science, mathematics, and engineering professions. CNSF supports increasing national investment in the National Science Foundation's research and education programs.
November 10, 2010
The Council on the Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services sponsored a Qualifications-Based Selection Contracting for A&E Services workshop, where U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Architect-Engineer Management Bruce Ware, P.E., taught a sold-out crowd of agency and private-sector professionals.
November 9, 2010
NSPE Executive Director Larry Jacobson participated in a digital videoconference with the Department of Commerce and representatives of the government of Brazil regarding international business opportunities for the engineering profession, including infrastructure projects related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
November 8, 2010
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a STEM Education Coalition meeting. NSPE is a member of the STEM Education Coalition, which supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs for teachers and students at the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM-related programs. The coalition is composed of more than 1,000 diverse groups representing all sectors of the technological workforce.
November 2, 2010
NSPE member David McKinley, P.E. (R-WV-1) will become one of 92 freshman representatives when the 112 th Congress convenes in January. McKinley has been an NSPE member since 1972. NSPE-PAC supported his campaign for office.
McKinley holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University. He spent 12 years in the construction industry before establishing his own architectural and engineering firm, McKinley and Associates.
NSPE sent a joint letter with the >STEM Education Coalition to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging the Senate to pass the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5116, S. 3605).
The America COMPETES Act, first enacted in 2007, was drafted in response to " Rising Above the Gathering Storm," the National Academies' report on America's lagging competitiveness in science and technology. The bill authorizes investments in science and engineering research and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education from kindergarten to the postdoctoral level. The House passed the reauthorization bill in May. If the Senate passes the bill, Congress could produce a final bill for the President's signature before the 111 th Congress ends.
NSPE sent a joint letter as part of the STEM Education Coalition asking House and Senate leaders to provide the highest funding levels for Department of Education and National Science Foundation science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education programs in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bills.
Congress has failed to pass any appropriations bills this year, forcing the federal government to operate under a continuing resolution until December 3. Congress will continue to wrangle with appropriations issues during the lame-duck session, scheduled to convene on November 15.
October 26, 2010
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in an R&D Credit Coalition teleconference. Congress will attempt to pass a "tax extenders" bill, an annual authorization that provides tax cuts for businesses and includes the R&D credit, during a post-election, lame-duck session. The R&D tax credit expired on December 31, 2009. The credit, which applies only to R&D performed in the U.S., is used by nearly 18,000 companies of all sizes. Most of the credit dollars are used to pay salaries of workers engaged in R&D, spurring economic growth not only through innovation but also through jobs.