Public Policy Log - 114th Congress, 1st Session (2015)

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 114th Congress, 1st Session (2015), 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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15 Dec. 2015 Notice and Comment In Response to Proposed IRS Rule (REG-138344-13), Authorizing Organizations to Voluntarily Collect Donor's Social Security Numbers For Purposes of Gift Substantiation.
16 Nov. 2015 Coalition Letter (STEM Ed) to Leadership of the House and Senate Education Committees urging inclusion of a provision in the ESEA reauthorization from the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177, Title II.E) that would provide targeted funding to each state for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related activities.
28 Oct. 2015 Coalition Letter (STEM Ed) to Leadership of the House and Senate Education Committee urging support for STEM workforce diversity, educator professional development, and hands on and informal learning opportunities in reauthorization of the Carl. D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act.
28 Oct. 2015 Letter to Leadership of House/Senate Appropriations Committee Urging Strong Support for R&D in FY2016 Appropriations.
23 Oct. 2015 Letter to U.S. House of Representatives supporting, with reservations, efforts to reauthorize the Export/Import Bank.
21 Oct. 2015 Coalition (Code.Org) letter to House and Senate Education Committee leaders urging promotion of computer science-related education in the revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
3 August 2015 Comments to U.S. State Department on Proposed Revisions to Definitions in the ITAR (RIN 1400-AD70) Export Controls (Public Notice 9149).
3 August 2015 Comments to U.S. Department of Commerce on Revisions to the Definitions of “Fundamental Research,” “Technical Data,” “Technology,” and “Public Domain” in the Export Administration Regulations (RIN 0694-AG32)
31 July 2015 Joint IEEE-USA/IEEE Comments to NIST on the proposed NISTIR 8062 Guidelines for Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems
23 July 2015 Coalition Letter to Sens. Shatz and Coons Requesting a Federal Travel Policy Amendment To the FY 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act (H.R. 2995)
6 July 2015 Coalition Letter (STEM Ed Coalition) to Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee For Putting a STEM Emphasis in Proposed Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization.
30 June 2015 Coalition Statement (CNSR) to the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Concerning the FY2016 DoD S&T Budget Appropration.
23 June 2015 Letter to Senator Lamar Alexander Commending Him For Introducing S.1398, the Energy Title of America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015.
23 June 2015 Letter to Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Urging Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, With an Additional Emphasis on ExIM support for Entrepreneurs, Start-ups and Small Businesses.
18 June 2015 Letter to Senate Banking and House Finance Committee Members Urging Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, With an Additional Emphasis on ExIM support for Entrepreneurs, Start-ups and Small Businesses.
10 June 2015 Letter to House Judiciary Committee Leaders Making Recommendations Regarding the Innovation Act (H.R. 9/S. 1137) Concerning Patent Reform.
5 June 2015 Coalition letter (TFAI) to Senate Appropriations Leaders Expressing Views on Reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act.
19 May 2015 Coalition letter (CNSF) to House Appropriations Letters Expressing Concerns Regarding the FY2016 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
21 April 2015 Public Statement by TFAI Coalition on America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1806)
21 April 2015 Coalition Letter to Senate CST, House SSTC, House HSGAC, and House/Senate Appropriations Expressing Concerns Regarding Impacts of Administration Regulations and Legislative Initiatives Related to Government Travel on the Nation's Science and Engineering Enterprise.
21 April 2015 Coalition Letter (CNSF) Expressing Concerns With Title I of the America COMPETES Reauthorizations Act (H.R. 1086).
20 April 2015 Letter to Rep. Dan Lipinski (and members of House SSTC) Endorsing a Proposed Amendment on Importance of Federal STEM Travel to the American COMPETES Reauthorizatio, Act of 2015 (H.R. 1086).
16 April 2015 Letter to Rep. Conyers endorsing the Innovation Protection Act, with provisions to end fee diversion from the Patent Office.
14 April 2015 Statement Submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing For its Hearing on The Innovation Act (H.R. 9)
14 April 2015 Coalition Letter (STEM Ed Coalition) to Senate HELP Committee Urging Support for STEM Education in the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
1 April 2015 IEEE-USA/Hawaii Section Letter to the Hawaiian House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Supporting Provisions of SB1279 That Would Prohibit the Use of Non-Compete Agreements for Employees of Technology Businesses.
30 March 2015 IEEE-USA/Hawaii Section Letter to the Hawaiian Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor Supporting Provisions of SB1279 That Would Prohibit the Use of Non-Compete Agreements for Employees of Technology Businesses.
26 March 2015 Letter to Senate Budget Committee Opposing Amendment 646 to the Senate Budget Bill (S.Con.Res.11), Which Would Enable Inclusion of H-1B Visa Increases in the Budget Bill.
17 March 2015 Statement for the Record on the Senate Judiciary Committee 17 March Hearing on Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers.
16 March 2015 Public Statement (Close the Innovation Deficit Coalition) Commends Introduction of American Innovation Act
13 March 2015 Coalition Letter (TFAI) to Sen. Durbin Supporting Introduction of American Innovation Act
5 March 2015 Coalition Letter (CNSF) to U.S. Congress Supporting a $7.7B Appropriation for the National Science Foundation in FY 2016.
4 March 2015 Letter to Sen. Coons and Sponsors Endorsing the STRONG Patents Act of 2015 (S.632)
25 Feb. 2015 Coalition Letter (STEM Ed Coalition) to House of Representatives opposing House passage of the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and Supporting Proposed Amendments 13, 33, 98 and 105.
23 Feb. 2015 Coalition Letter (STEM Ed Coalition) to House of Representatives supporting House passage of the STEM Education Act (H.R. 1020).
12 Feb. 2015 Coalition Letter (ResearchAmerica) To Leadership of the House Committee on Ways and Means Endorsing the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 (H.R. 880), Legislation To Make Permanent the R&D Tax Credit.
11 Feb. 2015 Letter to California Congressional Delegation Forwarding News Story Highlighting Abuse of H-1B Visa Program.
5 Feb. 2015 Letter to Sen. Moran Endorsing The Green Card and Entrepreneur Visa Provisions in the STARTUP Act (S.181)
21 Jan. 2015 Coalition Letter to Reps. Goodlatte, Conyers, and Sen. Grassley, Leahy Providing Input Related to Anticipated Patent Reform Legislation.
20 Jan. 2015 Comments in Response to USCIS Docket Number: 2014-0014 Soliciting Input on the U.S. High-Skill and Employment-based Visa Systems.

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