November 2, 2010
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.
October 22, 2010
The USA Science and Engineering Festival will be held on the National Mall this weekend. NSPE is a festival partner and will have a booth featuring an engineering activity. The goal of the festival is to recruit the next generation of scientists and engineers by engaging K–12 students in how science intersects with their daily lives. The festival has gained the support of the President and an honorary congressional committee of 22 senators and 64 representatives.
October 18, 2010
Winners of the National Engineers Week Future City Competition, the Junior Engineering Technical Society TEAMS Competition, and MATHCOUNTS were invited to attend the White House Science Fair, where President Obama viewed student exhibits from a wide range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics competitions and spoke about the importance of STEM education to America's economic future. The White House Science Fair is part of the President's Educate to Innovate campaign, which seeks to inspire children to excel in STEM subjects. Watch the President's remarks on the importance of STEM education here.
October 12, 2010
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden met with staff from the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Institute of Architects, and American Society of Civil Engineers to discuss the Qualifications-Based Selection Facilitator Grant. NSPE, ACEC, AIA, ASCE, and the American Public Works Association cosponsor the annual grant, which provides funding and program support to states seeking to promote the use of QBS by state and local agencies. The goal of the program is to establish active, customized QBS programs in every state.
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.
October 5, 2010
NSPE sent a joint letter with nearly 250 other professional organizations, universities, and corporations to Senate leaders urging them to pass the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5116, S. 3605) this year. 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.
September 23, 2010
NSPE Executive Director Larry Jacobson, NICET Chief Operating Executive Michael Clark, NSPE Director of Professional Practice Kim Granados, and NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden met with a 20-member delegation from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Human Resources and Social Securit y to discuss engineering licensure, certification, ethics, leadership, and government relations.
September 22, 2010
NSPE President Michael Hardy commented before the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future on the role of professional engineers in nuclear safety. NSPE's comments focused on the ethics and sense of personal responsibility that influence a PE's decision-making process. Read NSPE's comments here. The Blue Ribbon Commission is part of the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy.
September 21, 2010
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended a meeting of the Federal Communications Commission's Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age. The meeting included a report on broadband issues and a presentation on adoption of broadband technology on tribal lands. The FCC created the National Broadband Plan, a proposal to encourage the spread of high-speed Internet access. Read the National Broadband Plan here.