Public Policy Log - 115th Congress, 2nd Session (2018)

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 115th Congress, 2nd Session (2018), 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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8 October 2018 Letter to Senate Committee on Homeland Security endorsing S.3502 – The AI in Government Act.
19 September 2018 Letter to Senate leadership urging prompt confirmation of Dr. Kelvin Drogemeier as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
27 August 2018 Coalition letter (Energy Sciences Coalition) to OMB recommending increased funding for DOE Office of Science in the President’s FY 2020 budget request.
20 August 2018 Coalition letter to Senate Commerce Committee leaders urging confirmation of Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier as Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy.
20 August 2018 Letter to Senate Commerce Committee leaders endorsing confirmation of Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
13 August 2018 Coalition letter urging strong FY2019 funding support for NIST’s Scientific and Technical Research and Services (STRS) programs.
31 July 2018 IEEE-USA letter to Senators Christopher Coons, Tom Cotton, Richard Durbin and Mazie Hirono offering support for the STRONGER Patents Act.
19 July 2018 IEEE-USA letter to House and Senate Armed Services conference leaders urging inclusion of provisions creating a National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (S.2217) into the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act.
9 July 2018 Letter to House and Senate Armed Services conference leaders endorsing various small business provisions for inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2019.
9 July 2018 Coalition Letter Petitioning the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy To Solicit Public Input on Development of a Proposed National Artificial Intelligence Strategy.
9 July 2018 IEEE-USA Comments on USPTO Proposed Rule for Changing the Standard of Claim Interpretation in Post-issuance Patent Review Proceedings.
24 June 2018 Coalition Letter to House and Senate Appropriations leaders Urging Preservation of the NIH National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, with a $1M FY2018 Funding Increase.
22 June 2018 Coalition Letter (CNSF) to Senate CJS Appropriations leaders thanking them for providing an $8.068B FY 2019 appropriation for the National Science Foundation
7 June 2018 Letter to U.S. Representative Thomas Massie endorsing the Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation (RALIA) Act's patent reform proposals.
24 May 2018 Coalition letter to Senate appropriations leaders supporting an FY 2019 funding increase for the NIH National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILR), which supports R&D in computing, robotics, the built environment and cyber-physical systems to assist the disabled.
23 May 2018 Coalition Letter (CNSF) to House CJB Appropriations leaders expressing appreciation for their proposed $8.175B FY 2019 appropriation for the National Science Foundation
17 April 2018 Coalition Statement (STEM Coalition) endorsing the Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act (H.R. 5509).
12 April 2018 Coalition Letter (CNSF) to House and Senate CJS Appropriations leaders recommending an $8.45B FY 2019 appropriation for the National Science Foundation
9 April 2018 Letter to Rep. Massie endorsing patent reform provisions in the Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act (“RALIA”).
19 March 2018 Letter to Rep. Eshoo supporting Senate passage of the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2018 as part of the FCC reauthorization bill (H.R. 4986).
27 February 2018 Letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee providing input to questions raised at a committee hearing on Artificial Intelligence.
22 February 2018 Coalition Letter (CNSR) to House and Senate Appropriations leaders urging robust funding for DoD science and technology (S&T) programs as authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
21 February 2018 Coalition Letter (CNSF) to House and Senate CJS Appropriations leaders urging $8B FY 2018 appropriation for the National Science Foundation.
13 February 2018 Statement to U.S. House of Representatives Urging Passage of Three Bills Addressing National Energy Infrastructure Needs (HR 4376, HR 4377, HR 4378).
9 February 2018 Letter to Senate Leaders Urging Inclusion of the Provisions of the Protect and Grow America Act (H.R. 170) in Anticipated Senate Immigration Legislation.
6 February 2018 Coalition (TFAI) letter to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to raise the budget sequestration caps and increase the 302(b) budget allocations for both defense and non-defense R&D.

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