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 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

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

    IEEE-USA GOVERNMENT FELLOWSHIPS
    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.

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

    SET CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY (CVD)
    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:

    Reminder

    Apply Now for IEEE-USA Government Fellowships

    The deadline to apply for Fellowships in Congress, the U.S. Department of State and USAID is 7 December 2020 at 5 PM ET.

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    Meet Our Staff

    ieee-reach-thumbRussell T. Harrison
    Director
    202-530-8326
    r.t.harrison@ieee.org

    ieee-reach-thumbAline McNaull
    Senior Legislative Representative
    202-530-8355
    a.mcnaull@ieee.org

    ieee-reach-thumbJames Savage
    Senior Advisor
    202-530-8330
    james.savage@ieee.org

    ieee-reach-thumbErica Wissolik
    Program Manager
    202-530-8347
    e.wissolik@ieee.org