Public Policy Log - 113th Congress, 2nd Session (2014)

The following is the chronological log of public policy communications made by or on behalf of IEEE-USA (and other organizational units with IEEE) during the 113th Congress, 2d Session (2014), including testimonies, statements submitted for the record of congressional hearings, formal comments provided in response to public or regulatory notices, letters to Federal policy makers forwarding recommendations on public policy issues, and Legislative Alerts and similar notices of related government relations activities.

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Date Description
10 Dec. 2014 Letter to Sen. Wyden Endorsing the Secure Data Act of 2014 (S.2981)
24 Nov. 2014 Email to Selected House and Senate Appropriations Staffers Urging an Exclusion for S&T Conferences from Restrictions on Int’l Conference Attendance in the FY15 Omnibus Appropriations Bill
17 Nov. 2014 Coalition Letter to U.S. Congress Urging Passage of Strong Funding for Research and Higher Education in Omnibus Appropriations.
12  Nov. 2014 Coalition Letter to U.S. Congress Urging Passage Of Omnibus FY2015 Appropriations Act  (H.R. 83) Making S&T Investments Designed to Close the Nation’s Innovation Deficit.
20 Oct. 2014 Comment Submitted to DoT Rule-making (NHTSA-2014-0022) Concerning Implementation of Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications.
23 Sept. 2014 Comments to the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy Providing Input and Recommendations to the Strategy for American Innovation.
8 Sept. 2014 Coalition Letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid and Republican Leader McConnell Urging Against Senate Action on the Conference Accountability Act (S. 1347).
5 Sept. 2014 Report to Department of Energy Providing Input to the Quadrennial Energy Review on Priorities Issues for Electric Power Transmission and Distribution.
25 August 2014 Coalition Letter to President Obama Urging That Only Principals Be Counted Against Visa Limits Set by the Immigration Act of 1990 In Order to Reduce Visa Backlogs for Skilled Workers.
15 August 2014 Letter to Sens. Feinstein and Alexander (Senate Energy & Water Appropriations) supporting FY 2015 funding for the Int’l Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Program.
31 July 2014 Comments Filed With the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Proposed Preliminary Examination Instructions Regarding Software Patentability Prepared In Reponse to the Supreme Courts Alice Decision.
29 July 2014 Coalition Letters to Senators Carper and Coburn Expressing Concerns Regarding the Conference Accountability Act (S.1347)
14 July 2014 Coalition Letter to Senator Levin Endorsing Amendment to Conference Accountability Act of 2013 (S.1347) With Simplified Waiver Process for Federal Participation in International Conferences.
30 June 2014 Letter to GAO On Impacts of Federal Policy Restricting Participation of U.S. Federally-Funded Scientists and Engineers in STEM Conferences.
23 June 2014 Letter to Reps. Lummis and Swalwell (House Science Energy Subcommittee leadership_ with Funding Recommendation for Selected DOE Programs in the Department of Energy R&D Act of 2014.
19 June 2014 Letter to Senate Appropriators Expressing Concerns Over Proposed Reductions to Department of Defense (DoD) Science and Technology (S&T) Programs (6.1-6.3) in the FY 2015 DoD Appropriations.
18 June 2014 Coalition (CNSF) Letter to the House and Senate Urging Support for the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Proposed FY 2015 Funding Levels for the National Science Foundation.
12 June 2014 Coalition (USCAS) Letter Endorsing the Advanced Computing Research Budget Authorization Provisions (Sec. 119b5) of the Draft Enabling Innovation for Science, Technology and Energy in America (EINSTEIN) Act.
19 May 2014 Letter by Chairs of IEEE Boston, Berkshire, Springfield and Worchester Sections to Massachusetts State Legislature Supporting Legislation (MA H4045) That Would Prohibit Employer Use of Non-Compete Agreements.
19 May 2014 Letter to Dept. of Energy Providing Preliminary Comments and Questions Regarding the Quadrennial Energy Review
9  May 2014 Letter to Reps Camp and Brady Endorsing the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014 (H.R. 4438) (Permanent Extension of the R&D Tax Credit)
29 April 2014 Coalition Statement (TFAI) to the Senate Appropriations Committee for the record of a 29 April hearing on "Driving Innovation Through Federal Investments"
15 April 2014 Letter to House Energy & Commerce Committee Leaders Forwarding Recommendations on U.S. Spectrum Policy.
8 April 2014 Letter to Rep. Lee Terry, Chair of the House Energy Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Providing Input to a Hearing on Ending Abusive Patent Demand Letters.
31 March 2014 Coalition (TFAI) Letter to House Science Committee Leadership Expressing Strong Concern with Funding Levels Contained in the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act (H.R. 4186)
18 March 2014 Letter to Senator Mary Landrieu Endorsing SBA’s Assessment of the TAP Act (S. 2049) And Concerns Raised Regarding The Small Business Start-ups/Entrepreneurship Impacts. A version of this letter was also sent to the full Senate.
14 March 2014 Letter to Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Opposing the Transparency in Assertion of Patents (TAP) Act (S. 2049).
12 March 2014 Coalition letter (Task Force on American Innovation) to House and Senate Appropriations Committee Leaders Urging Support for Real Growth in FY2015 S&T Budgets.
4 March 2014 Letter to Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering Regarding Proposed Move of Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
24 Feb. 2014 Coalition Letter (Task Force on American Innovation) to House/Senate Appropriations Committee Leaders Urging That Scientific Research Be Made a Top Priority in the FY 2015 302 (b) Budget Allocations.
24 Feb. 2014 Letter to Congress Forwarding IEEE-USA’s National Energy Policy Recommendations
20 Feb. 2014 Letter to the House Majority Leader Urging Prompt Action to Renew the R&D Tax Credit.
20 Feb. 2014 Letter to Acting Ass’t Sec’y of Defense for Research and Engineering Concerning Funding and Location of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
11 Feb. 2014 Coalition Letter to Senate Judicary Commitee Leadership Urging Caution Before Advancing Legislation That Weakens Constitutional Protections Afforded to Patent Holders.
30 Jan. 2014 Coalition Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Leadership Recommending Against Inclusion of "Covered Business Method" (CBM) Patent Provisions in forthcoming Patent Reform Legislation.
29 Jan. 2014 Response to Air Force Research Laboratory RFI on "Impact of AFOSR Location"
28 Jan. 2014 IEEE-USA Amicus Curiae Brief Filed With the U.S. Supreme Court in the CLS v. Alice Case Concerning the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions
21 Jan. 2014 Coalition Statement (Task Force on American Innovation) on Federal Research Funding the FY14 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
16 Jan. 2014 Statement (Letter) to Sen. Carper For Record of Hearing on Examining Conference and Travel Spending Across the Federal Government.
13 Jan. 2014 Letter to Commander, Air Force Material Command Opposing Proposed Relocatation of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Other U.S. IEEE Policy Communications
10 Dec. 2014 IEEE Letter to DOE on DOE Public Access Plan
  3 April 2004 IEEE Letter to House Science, Space and Technology Committee Endorsing Section 303 (Public Access) of the Frontiers of Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act (H.R. 4186)

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