Science Bill Amendments, Geo-CVD, and Ocean Newsletter

16 May 2012
AGU Science Policy Alert 12-24

Adopted Amendments to the House Commerce, Science, and Justice Budget
Last week during appropriations deliberations regarding the House Commerce, Science, and Justice Bill–which funds NOAA, NASA, NSF, and NIST–a number of amendments were passed which have a negative impact on the scientific community.  These amendments include:

  • Cravaack (R-MN) The amendment prohibits funding for the Climate Change Education program within the National Science Foundation. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 238-188.
  • Flake (R-AZ) The amendment prohibits funding for the National Science Foundation to conduct political science research studies. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 218-208.
  • Flores (R-TX) – The amendment prohibits funding to implement the National Ocean Policy. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 246-174.

Contact your legislators to let them know the detrimental effects these amendments have on science.

Upcoming Congressional Visits Day
On 11-12 September 2012, AGU will partner with other Earth and space societies to host the fifth annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (Geo-CVD) in Washington, DC. If you care about how our nation’s laws affect the scientific community and want to get involved with science and politics at the national level, here is your opportunity to make a difference. Participate in Geo-CVD where you will meet with your legislators to promote science and discuss the importance of federally funded research. Check out AGU’s Events page for more information or RSVP to with your primary research interest, affiliation, cell phone number (only used if we need to reach you while you are here in DC), and home address (so we can determine your congressional district), by 1 August.

Ocean Data Portal Newsletter
The National Ocean Policy gave direction to federal agencies to develop a national information management system to allow users easy access to federal data pertaining to the oceans. This portal provides a centralized location for ocean data and information exchange as well as ensures national consistency and minimum data standards. The portal is found at  Recently released was the first newsletter, which is an informal way of keeping you up-to-date on the continued development of the National Ocean Council’s portal to support ocean, coastal and Great Lakes planning activities. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter please email with the subject line “ADD ME”.