Public Policy Log - 116th Congress, 1st Session (2019)

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 116th Congress, 1st Session (2019), 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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16 October 2019 IEEE-USA Response to USPTO Request for Comments on Patenting Artificial Intelligence Inventions.
07 October 2019 Coalition letter (ESC) to House and Senate Energy & Water Appropriations Leaders Urging Support for The Senate's Proposed FY20 Budget of $7.2B for DOE's Office of Science Urging Support for The Senate's Proposed FY20 Budget of $7.2B for DOE's Office of Science.
16 September 2019
Coalition (TFAI) Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Leaders urging support for robust FY 2002 appropriations for federal civilian R&D agencies.
11 September 2019
6 September 2019
Letter to California legislative leaders expressing concern regarding California bill AB 5, whose provisions defining the legal status of employees would unintentionally ban most technology consulting in California.
30 July 2019 IEEE-USA Letter endorsing New York University’s (NYU) Proposal to Establish the New York City Center for Responsible AI.
22 July 2019 IEEE-USA Amicus Curiae Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Peter v. Nantkwest, Inc., concerning PTO rule requiring party payment of PTO litigation expenses in Sec. 145 appeal litigations.
20 June 2019 Letter to Sen. Grassley endorsing H-1B reforms within the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (S.386)
30 May 2019 IEEE-USA statement on digital privacy submitted to Federal Trade Commission public hearing (#12) on “The FTC’s Approach to Consumer Privacy.”
28 May 2019 IEEE-USA Comments (with IEEE-SA input) on NIST RFI Regarding The Federal Role in Promoting Development of AI-related Standards.
10 May 2019 Letter to Rep. Bernice Johnson (TX) endorsing the STEM Opportunities Act (H.R. 2528) and the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act (H.R. 1396) supporting the participation of, and recognizing contributions by women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.
9 May 2019
IEEE-USA letter to Rep. Haley Stevens endorsing the American Manufacturing Leadership Act (H.R. 2397), legislation to reauthorize NIST's Manufacturing USA Program, which helps industry identify and commercialize federal R&D.
26 April 2019 Coalition letter (TFAI) to Sens. Gardner and Peters for their Dear Colleague letter requesting the highest possible FY20 funding levels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
26 April 2019 IEEE-USA FOIA request to U.S. Patent Office requesting information on the "Expenses of Proceeding” incurred by the USPTO in federal court litigation.
3 April 2019 Letter to Rep. Lawrence providing input on FY2020 appropriations for non-defense AI research.
1 April 2019 Coalition letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging strong support for FY 2020 NIST Budget with funding recommendations for NIST's metrology, quantum S&T, and construction budgets.
29 March 2019 Letter to Rep. Lawrence (Michigan) endorsing H. Res. 153, calling for the development of guidelines for ethical development of artificial intelligence.
28 March 2019 Coalition letter (CNSF) to OMB and congressional leaders urging enactment of a two-year bipartisan budget agreement that increases the spending caps for discretionary programs in order to sustain key federal investments in America’s science and engineering enterprise.
25 March 2019 Coalition (TFAI) Statement to Congress and the Administration on the President's FY2020 Budget Request and Urging the Important of Investment in Science and Engineering Research.
14 March 2019 Coalition Letter (CNSF) to House and Senate Commerce Committee leadership urging their support for a bipartisan agreement raising FY 2020 budget caps for non-defense discretionary spending including a $9 billion appropriation for the National Science Foundation.
11 March 2019 Coalition Letter (ESC) urging Congress to lift the non-defense discretionary budget caps and appropriate $7 billion in FY 2020 for DOE Office of Science.
7 March 2019 IEEE-USA statement to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for its 27 Feb. hearing on Policy Principles for a Federal Data Privacy Framework in the United States.
25 February 2019 Coalition letter (CNSF) to House and Senate appropriation leaders thanking them for enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.J.. Res 31), and its $8 billion FY19 funding allocation for the National Science Foundation.
15 February 2019 Coalition Letter (CNSR) to White House and Congressional Leaders urging them to reach to reach a bipartisan budget agreement to raise the FY2020 discretionary budget caps.
7 February 2019 Statement to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for its hearing on The Outlook for Energy Innovation in the United States.
24 January 2019 Coalition letter (CNSF) to the President and congressional leaders expressing serious concerns about the impact of the government shutdown on America’s research enterprise.
10 January 2019 IEEE-USA response to a Department of Commerce RFI (RIN 0694-AG61) on Criteria for Defining and Identifying Emerging Technologies for Purposes of Export Controls.
7 January 2019 Letter to House and Senate leadership urging passage of legislation recognizing every American's digital privacy rights.

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