Select a topical area to find the list of relevant IEEE-USA position statements or learn more about them here. See also position statements and policy communications adopted by IEEE's Standards Association. Statements marked with an asterisk (*) are currently under review with updates expected in 2017. Statements marked with a # are scheduled to sunset on 31 December 2017 unless updated.
Aeronautics, Space and Transportation
- Capitalizing on Intelligent Transportation Systems Technology Opportunities (June 2014)#
- Space-Based Remote Sensing Technologies (Feb. 2015)
- Low Cost Access to Space (Feb. 2014)#
- Space-Bourne Synthetic Aperture Radar (June 2014)#
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Related Technology (Nov. 2015)
Computers & Communications
None at present time.
Education & Training
- K-12 STEM Education (June 2016)
Energy & Environment
- National Energy Policy Recommendations: 2014 (Dec. 2013)* and addendum:
- Energy Efficiency (June 2014)#
- Greening the Electric Power Supply (Oct. 2015)
- Transforming Transportation By Diversifying Energy Sources (Oct. 2015)
- Existing Nuclear Power Plants (Nov. 2013)*
- Continued Professional Competence of IEEE's U.S. Members (Feb. 2016)
- Educational Requirements for Engineering Licensure (Feb. 2016)
- Engineering Licensure (Aug. 2015)
- Ensuring a Strong High-Tech Workforce Through Educational and Employment-Based Immigration Reforms (June 2015)
- The Use of the Title "Engineer" (Feb. 2013)*
Security & Privacy
- Cybersecurity (May 2014)
- An Overall Approach to Intellectual Property Protection (June 2015)
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Encryption Research (Nov. 2014)#
- Digital Rights Management (Nov. 2014)#
- Disclosure of Intellectual Property Assignment Agreements (Nov. 2014)#
- Eligibility of Patentable Subject Matter Under 35 U.S.C. § 101 (Oct. 2015)
- Multiple Patent Claim Forms (Nov. 2016)*
- New Forms of Intellectual Property Protection (June 2015)
- Patent Prior Art and Grace Period (Nov. 2016)
- Reverse Engineering (June 2016)
- The Use of Neutral Experts in Intellectual Property Litigation (June 2015)
- User Rights in Digital Copyright (June 2015)
Medical Technology and Health
None at present time.
Research & Innovation
- Achieving Greater Value from the Federal Laboratory Enterprise (Oct. 2015)
- Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Feb. 2014)#
- Department of Defense Science and Technology (Nov. 2013)*
- Enhancing Coordination of Federal, Regional, State and Local Innovation Activities (June 2013)*
- Federal Support for Fundamental Research (June 2016)
- Maintaining U.S. Leadership in Innovation and Competitiveness (Nov. 2013)*
- Participation in Professional Conferences By Government Scientists and Engineers (Aug. 2015)
- Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) (Sept. 2014)#
- U.S. High-Value Job Growth Through Manufacturing Innovation (Sept. 2014)#
About IEEE-USA Position Statements
IEEE-USA position statements identify important technical and/or engineering career-related aspects of specific public policy issues deemed to be of concern or affecting IEEE's U.S. members. They make specific public policy recommendations and provide recommended approaches for consideration by the U.S. Congress, Executive Branch officials, the Judiciary, representatives of State and Local Government, and other interested groups and individuals, including IEEE members.
All IEEE-USA position statements must be approved by the IEEE-USA Board of Directors. They are first initiated and/or reviewed by IEEE-USA volunteer committees that are comprised of U.S. IEEE members with expertise in the subject field, including liaison representatives (where appointed) of IEEE technical societies, divisions, regions and sections. Once approved by the committee, a proposed position statement is then reviewed by the Vice President of Government Relations and the IEEE-USA Government Relations Council, subjected to a Communications Review, and finally presented to the IEEE-USA Board of Directors for consideration. When position statements address issues of specific concern to other IEEE organizational units (e.g. standards), consultation with that organizational unit is conducted as part of the review process, and a joint statement may result. The specific processes and policies governing development and approval of IEEE-USA position statements are outlined in Section 10 of the IEEE-USA Operations Manual and explained in this guide to developing IEEE-USA position statements.
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