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.
September 16, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a new offering exclusively for Energy Star partners such as NSPE that allows members easy access to tools, resources, and recognition opportunities to deliver value to their clients and increase their own business opportunities." The Users Guide to Marketing Services and Products with Energy Star" is a comprehensive and interactive online resource that brings together information from across the Energy Star website.
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released its K–12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education study," Prepare and Inspire: K–12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America's Future." The study makes specific recommendations to the federal government on how to better prepare America's K–12 students in STEM subjects and how to inspire students to challenge themselves with STEM classes, engage in STEM activities outside the school classroom, and consider pursuing careers in STEM fields. NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended the September 2 PCAST meeting where the study was reviewed.
September 14, 2010
NSPE submitted comments to the National Partnership for Highway Quality on NPHQ's definition of highway quality. NPHQ's partners include the Federal Highway Administration, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and Associated General Contractors. The organization also has partnerships with Departments of Transportation in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas.
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in an R&D Credit Coalition teleconference. NSPE is a member of the coalition, a group of more than 275 trade and professional associations and companies of all sizes that collectively represent millions of American workers engaged in U.S.-based research throughout major sectors of the economy, including aerospace, agriculture, biotechnology, chemicals, electronics, energy, information technology, manufacturing, medical technology, pharmaceuticals, software, and telecommunications. The objectives of the R&D Credit Coalition are a strong, permanent R&D credit of commensurate rate for all companies; a 20% simplified credit; and an extension of the traditional credit.