February 28, 2012
NSPE will cosponsor the 2012 Engineering Public Policy Symposium, which will be held in conjunction with the National Academy of Engineering Convocation and the American Association of Engineering Societies Awards. Entitled "Outlook for Federal Funding of Research and Development," the symposium will feature Administration officials, members of Congress, and congressional staff who will discuss the potential impact of proposed automatic spending reductions on future research priorities.
February 23, 2012
NSPE honored Steven Arndt, Ph.D., P.E., of the U.S.
February 18, 2012
February 16, 2012
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended a science and technology budget teleconference with White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren and Office of Management and Budget Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science Sally Ericsson.
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended a briefing and press conference regarding the Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act of 2011 (H.R. 3634). Reps. Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-14) spoke in support of the legislation, which would require Unicor, a government-owned corporation that employs federal prisoners, to compete with the private sector for federal contracts to provide goods and services.
February 13, 2012
February 10, 2012
The Small Business Administration has issued a final rule increasing the size standard for engineering firms from $4.5 million to $14 million in average revenues over three years. The rule will take effect on March 12, 2012. NSPE has supported increasing the size standard to allow more engineering firms to compete as small businesses.
February 9, 2012
The Senate agreed by a vote of 85–11 to begin considering its transportation reauthorization bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (S. 1813). The bipartisan effort is a striking contrast to the House's American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R. 7), which is also expected to hit the floor next week but has garnered no Democratic support and has come under fire from conservative factions within the GOP.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved by a vote of 4–1 the first licenses to build reactors in more than 30 years. The reactors will be built from a standardized design that promises to speed construction and reduce costs. NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko was the sole dissenter, objecting on the grounds that the NRC has yet to finalize post-Fukushima safety enhancements. Nuclear energy currently provides about 20% of the United States' electricity.