June 19, 2012
Congress agreed to the final version of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act (H.R. 4348), with the House voting 373–53 and the Senate voting 74–19 in favor of passage. The two-year, $118 billion bill maintains transportation spending at current levels. The bill is expected to be the last major piece of legislation Congress passes before the elections.
June 18, 2012
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended the Atlantic's Next Generation Energy Forum, which focused on the roles of the public and private sector in growing the capacity of alternative energy sources. Speakers included Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO), and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and former White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Director Carol Browner. Panelists of public and private sector leaders also discussed the wind and biofuels industries.
June 14, 2012
NSPE joined the STEM Education Coalition in supporting an amendment that restored $51 million in funding to the Department of Education's Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. The Mathematics and Science Partnerships program is the only program within the Department of Education with the specific goal of improving student performance in math and science by enhancing teachers' subject-matter knowledge and teaching skills. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies originally cut the Mathematics and Science Partnerships program's 2013 fiscal year funding from its current level of $150 million to $99 million.
June 7, 2012
The Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services sponsored a forum for federal agency representatives and design professionals regarding A/E procurement issues. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2) discussed the Federal Prisons Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 3634), which would require the Federal Prison Industries to compete with the private sector for government contracts.
May 22, 2012
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended The Atlantic Technologies in Education Forum. The forum focused on how technology may help students understand abstract concepts through games and enable teachers to provide more individualized learning paths. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Deputy Director Tom Kalil served as the keynote speaker. Other speakers included News Corp.
May 17, 2012
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in an American Association of Engineering Societies task force meeting to discuss celebrating the Morrill Act. The Morrill Act of 1862 established the federal land-grant university system, which now includes more than 100 institutions. The task force would like to recognize land-grant engineering programs' achievements as part of the law's sesquicentennial anniversary.
May 16, 2012
NSPE joined an international group of engineering societies in endorsing the U.N.'s "Sustainable Energy for All" initiative. The program seeks to ensure universal access to modern energy services, double energy efficiency rates worldwide, and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030.
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended the Alliance to Save Energy's Great Energy Efficiency Day on Capitol Hill, where Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT-AL) served as keynote speakers. ASE President Kateri Callahan emphasized that energy efficiency is a bipartisan issue, saying that regardless of political ideology or divergent opinions on other energy issues, everyone is in favor of saving energy and money.
May 9, 2012
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in an American Association of Engineering Societies ad hoc task force meeting to discuss recognizing land-grant engineering programs' achievements as part of the Morrill Act's sesquicentennial anniversary. The Morrill Act of 1862 established the federal land-grant college system, which now includes more than 100 universities.
May 2, 2012
NSPE Executive Director Larry Jacobson and Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Arthur Schwartz met with representatives from the Society of Afghan Architects and Engineers. SAAE President and Kabul University professor Jamil Khalid, Afghanistan Ministry of Public Works procurement officer Dalia Akbarmir, and ManSab International Vice President Ahmad Wali Shairzay discussed the challenges of organizing an association for design professionals. SAAE was founded by a group of Afghan architects and engineers in 2005 to advance the architectural, engineering, and related professions through high standards of professional practice and ethical conduct. The organization seeks to help build capacity in Afghanistan through training and education to meet the present needs of reconstruction and the long-term needs of sustainable development.