19 September 2018
AGU Science Policy Alert 18-9
An Overview of Lobbying for Federally Employed Scientists — the Real Dos and Don’ts
Scientists in the U.S. are increasingly active in engagement with policymakers and political candidates, especially around issues affecting science. Many scientists think that such activity is not allowed, particularly for federal employees. But scientists can both lobby and be politically active–as long as they stay within legal guidelines. Learn about what is permissible and what’s not during this enlightening webinar. Attorneys from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund will discuss what falls under lobbying and how federally employed scientists can be politically active without violating anti-lobbying laws. The webinar will be held on Thursday, 4 October at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register now!
AGU is hiring a Public Affairs Analyst. The Analyst will help to elevate awareness of Earth and space science among members of the U.S. Congress and Administration by researching, creating, and disseminating informational resources for AGU members, policymakers, and other key decision-makers. The AGU analyst will also help AGU to respond more rapidly and comprehensively to Capitol Hill and media requests and engage AGU members in science policy events and activities. Apply online.
Three Policy Influencers to Know
Join us for our webinar on Thursday, 25 October at 2:00 p.m. ET. We’ll provide detailed information about Senator Shelby (R-AL), who chairs the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which controls funding for the entire federal government; Senator Moran, who chairs the Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee, which makes funding decisions for NASA, NOAA, and NSF; and Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, who has been nominated to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). We’ll discuss their backgrounds, policy positions, and how we expect they’ll shape the 2019 policy landscape. Register today.
Geoscientists on Capitol Hill
This September, as a part of Geosciences Congressional Visits Day 24 AGU members visited 66 Congressional offices on Capitol Hill to talk about the value of Earth and space sciences. See how the visits went on AGU’s Instagram. If you’re inspired, consider visiting your legislators during this year’s Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C. – just a few short months away!