Shaping Public Policy

IEEE-USA is the eyes, ears and voice of America's technology professionals in Washington, D.C., and the state capitals. Dedicated volunteers and experienced staff work directly with our nation's leaders to craft technically sound solutions to the challenges facing the country and technology professionals. Priority issues include:

  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: How can policy-makers help advance this emerging technology and ethically integrate AI systems into society?
  • HIGH-SKILL IMMIGRATION: We fight to protect American and non-American workers in the United States to ensure a strong, prosperous high-tech workforce.
  • RESEARCH: We promote basic and applied research at agencies including DOD, NASA, NIST and the NSF by fighting to protect their budgets and allow researchers to use research dollars more efficiently.
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: As the leading voice for small and independent inventors, we fight for a patent system that is accessible to all innovative people.

    Opportunities for Members

    Committees develop and promote IEEE-USA's legislative agenda, as well as policy position statements, white papersamicus curiae briefs, and other policy communications.

    Each year, IEEE-USA sponsors qualified U.S. IEEE members to spend a year living and working in Washington as advisers to the U.S. Congress, the U.S. State Department or USAID.

    Student members can spend a summer in Washington, D.C., learning how IEEE members can be involved in the policy process.

    Annual two-day event culminating with face-to-face visits with legislators on Capitol Hill.

    Livestream Washington Updates

    Join us every other Friday at 1 PM ET as IEEE-USA Director of Government Relations Russ Harrison provides timely updates on what Congress is doing for, and to, our profession during the COVID-19 crisis. Upcoming dates:

    Government Fellowships

    Meet the 2021-2022 Government Fellows

    IEEE-USA has placed two Fellows in Congress, one at the U.S. Department of State and one at USAID.

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    On-Demand Washington Updates

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    Meet Our Staff

    Russell T. Harrison

    Aline McNaull
    Senior Legislative Representative

    James Savage
    Senior Advisor

    Erica Wissolik
    Program Manager