The following is the chronological log of public policy communications made by or on behalf of IEEE-USA (and other organizational units with IEEE), 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.

Date Description
22 December 2021 Letter to Senator Ron Wyden expressing support for the Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2021.
23 November 2021
18 November 2021 Letter to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), responding to request for comments on NIST Internal Report 8351-DRAFT DNA Mixture Interpretation: A NIST Scientific Foundation Review.
5 November 2021 Coalition letter (CNSF) to the White House (OMB/OSTP) providing recommendations on the Biden Administration’s FY 2023 multi-agency R&D priorities.
4 November 2021 Letter to House Science Chair and member encouraging committee support for the Keep STEM Talent Act of 2021 (S1744), legislation referred by the Senate that would exempt foreign STEM graduates from U.S. institutions of higher education from U.S. country quotas on green cards.
2 November 2021 Coalition letter (CNSF) to House and Senate Appropriations Chairs urging provision of $9.6B in NSF funding in the FY2022 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill (HR4505).
18 October
28 September 2021
24 September 2021
8 September 2021 Coalition Letter to the Chairs of the House Judiciary Committee and Immigration Subcommittee urging inclusion of provisions to provide additional EB visas for international students taking STEM degrees in the United States in forthcoming budget legislation.
25 August 2021 Coalition letter to the President’s Science Advisor Asking the Administration to Provide Visa Assistance to Afghan Scientists and Engineers Seeking to Leave Afghanistan.
24 August 2021 Letter to the House Small Business Committee endorsing H.R. 4956, a bill to support participation by U.S. small businesses in global technical standard setting.
29 July 2021 Coalition letter (TFAI) to House and Senate Budget Committee leaders urging prioritization of federal investments in fundamental research and research-related infrastructure.
27 July 2021 IEEE-USA response to OSTP Request for Public Input on the Federal Role in Ensuring Scientific Integrity.
20 July 2021 Letter to U.S. Trade Representative urging U.S. to oppose proposed UN TRIPS intellectual property waiver to preserve incentives for private sector development of COVID-19 technology and vaccines.
7 July 2021 Coalition letter (CNSR) to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders making recommendations on FY 2022 Defense S&T authorizations (H.R. 4350).
29 June 2021 Letter to House Education and Labor Committee leaders endorsing passage of the PARTNERS Act (H.R. 636), legislation that would incentivize employers to support technical workforce development through industry partnerships, Internships, apprenticeships and at-work training programs.
28 June 2021 Coalition Letter (CNSF) to House and Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Leadership making recommendations on FY2022 funding levels for Defense S&T programs.
11 June 2021 Coalition Statement (Energy Sciences Coalition) endorsing the DOE Science of the Future Act (HR 3593)
18 May 2021 Statement by Thomas Kowalick, Chair, IEEE Standards Working Group 1616 to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for its 18 May hearing on “Promises and Perils: The Potential of Automobile Technologies”
7 May 2021 Letter to House Leadership endorsing the Endless Frontiers Act (HR 2731).
28 April 2021 Letter to Leadership of Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee supporting confirmation of Dr. Eric Lander as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
26 April 2021 Letter to Senate Commerce Committee leadership Letter to Senate Commerce Committee leadership expressing support for the Endless Frontiers Act (S.1260)
21 April 2021 Coalition Statement (Task Force on American Innovation) expressing support for introduction of the Endless Frontiers Act (S1260)
5 February 2021 Coalition letter (Coalition for Aerospace and Science) providing recommendations to the Biden Administration on U.S. space program priorities for the new administration.
25 January 2021 Coalition Letter (Task Force on American Innovation) urging President Biden to prioritize fundamental research and the physical sciences in his 2022 budget proposal.
Date Description
3 December 2020 Comments Submitted to the USPTO Concerning Discretion To Institute Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Docket No. PTO-C-2020-0055)
1 December 2020 Coalition letter (Coalition for National Security Research) to the Biden Administration’s Department of Defense Transition recommending national defense science and technology (S&T) priorities for the new Administration
30 November 2020 Coalition Letter (Energy Sciences Coalition) to House and Senate Appropriations Conferees Supporting the House Proposal of $70.5B for DOE’s Office of Science in the final FY2021 Energy and Water Appropriations Act
20 November 2020 Coalition letter (CNSF) to House and Senate Appropriations Chairs urging Congress to pass the FY21 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations with a significant funding increase for the National Science Foundation
10 November 2020 Coalition Letter to Key House and Senate Conferees urging inclusion of The National AI Initiative (NAII) Act provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act
26 October 2020 IEEE-USA Comments to Department of Labor on Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act ( RIN: 1235-AA34)
11 September 2020 Coalition (TFAI) letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders making recommendations to conferees on the (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) (S.4049 & HR. 6395)
31 August 2020 Joint IEEE-USA & IEEE-PES comment in response to the Department of Energy’s RFI on the proposed Energy Storage Grand Challenge
21 August 2020 Coalition letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership urging inclusion of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act in the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act
14 August 2020 IEEE-USA Tulsa Section Letter to Sen. James Inhofe (OK) urging support for final passage of the Endless Frontier Act (S.3832/HR6978), to expand basic technology research at NSF.
5 August 2020 IEEE-USA Lexington and Louisville Sections Joint Letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY) urging support for final passage of the Endless Frontier Act (S.3832/HR6978), to expand basic technology research at NSF.
5 August 2020 Coalition (ESC) Letter to the House Armed Services Committee urging inclusion of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act in the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act
5 August 2020 Coalition (ESC) Letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee urging inclusion of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act in the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act
5 August 2020 Coalition Letter (ESC) to House Science Energy Subcommittee urging support of DOE’s Office of Science in the draft Department of Energy Office of Science Reauthorization Act
4 August 2020 Coalition Letter (ESC) to House Science Energy Subcommittee urging support of DOE’s Office of Science in the draft Department of Energy Office of Science Reauthorization Act
14 July 2020
Letter to Chair and Ranking Member of Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property urging Congress to allow USPTO’s Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patent Review (CBM) to expire
13 July 2020 Public Statement Calling on Administration to Extend the Online Class Exemption for Student Visas
10 July 2020 Public Statement Calling on Congress to Provide EB Green Cards for Int’l Graduate Students in STEM Fields
26 June 2020 Comment to USPTO Rulemaking (PTO–P–2019–0024) on PTAB Rules of Practice for Instituting on All Challenged Patent Claims and All Grounds and Eliminating the Presumption at Institution Favoring Petitioner as to Testimonial Evidence
26 June 2020 Letter to Rep. Frank Lucas (Okla.) urging his support for passage of the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Resource Task Force Act (S. 3890 & H.R.7096)
15 June 2020 Coalition Letter (CNSF) to Senate Leaders Urging Prompt Confirmation of Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan as Director of the National Science Foundation
10 June 2020 Letter to Rep. Massie endorsing key provisions of the proposed Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act of 2020.
1 June 2020 Letter to Senate HELP Committee urging prompt confirmation of Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan as Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)
17 March 2020
IEEE-USA/Letter to Senate leadership urging inclusion of provisions to assist non-profit associations adversely affected by COVID-related disruptions to the Senate version of the CARES Act
11 March 2020
IEEE-USA/IEEE-SA Comments to federal Office of Management and Budget on proposed Guidance for Regulation of Artificial Intelligence Applications
19 February 2020 IEEE-USA Comments to House Science Committee Leaders on a Discussion Draft of Legislation to Create a National Artificial Intelligence Initiative
18 February 2020 IEEE-USA Letter to the DoJ, PTO and NIST supporting the U.S. Joint Policy Statement on Remedies for Standards-Essential Patents Subject to Voluntary FRAND Commitments
28 January 2020 IEEE-USA-CRA Comments to the Federal Joint Committee on Research Environments (JCORE)
Date Description
10 December 2019 Public Statement Endorsing the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act(H.R. 5327/S.2603)
15 November 2019 Coalition Statement (Energy Sciences Coalition) to Senate Energy Committee leaders in Support of ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019 (HR 4091).
31 October 2019 IEEE-USA Comments Submitted to NIST (NISTIR8267) Concerning the Security of Consumer Home IoT Products.
21 October 2019 IEEE-USA and IEEE-SA Comments to NIST on Draft NIST Privacy Framework: A Tool for Improving Privacy Through Enterprise Risk Management.
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.
Date Description
21 December 2018 Comments Submitted to the USPTO Concerning Claim Amendment Practice and Procedures Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Docket No. PTO–P–2018–0062)
3 December 2018 Letter to U.S. House of Representatives supporting repeal of the unrelated business income tax (UBIT) on tax-exempt organizations for providing transportation fringe benefits to employees.
27 November 2018 Coalition letter (CNSR) to the Secretary of Defense and OMB urging robust and sustained growth in the DOD’s basic research and science and technology (S&T) FY 2020 program budgets.
26 October 2018 Letter to NSF NITRD National Coordination Office providing input to the National Artificial Intelligence R&D Strategic Plan per request for information (83 FR 48655)
16 October 2018 IEEE-USA Amicus Curiae brief filed before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Helsinn v. Teva Case supporting the “on sale” bar to patentability.
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.
18 September 2018 Statement to Congress by a coalition of professional science and engineering societies supporting legislation to make F-1 student visas dual intent to facilitate permanent status for foreign STEM graduates in the United States.
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 (ASAE) Letter to the Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service requesting a delay in implementation of UBIT tax liability for tax-exempt organizations who provide qualified transportation fringe benefits.
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.
Date Description
14 December 2017 Coalition (Energy Sciences) Statement to Congress Urging Completion of FY2018 Appropriations for the Energy Department’s Office of Science.
12 December 2017 Coalition (TFAI) Statement to Congress Urging Budget Cap Relief to Allow Robust Investment in R&D.
14 November 2017 IEEE-USA Statement on the Protect and Grow America Jobs Act (H.R. 170).
17 October 2017 Coalition (STEM Ed) letter to House and Senate Labor Committee Leadership Supporting FY2018 Funding of the Title IVStudent Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG) Program.
6 October 2017 Coalition (TFAI) Statement Urging Congress to Coalition (TFAI) Statement Urging Congress to Reauthorize and Fully Fund the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).
1 September 2017 IEEE-USA Amicus Brief filing to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Oil States Services, LLC vs. Greene’s Energy Group Case Concerning Denial of Judicial Review of PTO Inter Partes Patent Reviews.
28 July 2017 Coalition Statement (Energy Sciences Coalition) to the Senate Endorsing The Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 (S.1460) and Its Funding Support for DOE’s Office of Energy Sciences.
26 July 2017 Coalition Testimony (STEMEd) to the House Science Research and Technology Subcommittee for a Hearing on “STEM and Computer Science:  Preparing the 21st Century Workforce.”
25 July 2017 Coalition Letter (TFAI) to Senate Commerce and Appropriations Committee Leaders Urging Strong Funding for S&T Programs in the Senate Version of the FY18 Commerce Appropriations Bill (HR 3267).
21 July 2017 Coalition Letter to the Secretary of Commerce on Qualifications for the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property/Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
19 July 2017 Coalition Letter (TFAI) to Senate Energy and Appropriations Leaders Urging Full Funding of DoE Basic Research and Innovation Programs in the FY18 Energy and Water Development Appropriations.
18 July 2017 Coalition (CNSF/CNSR/TFAI) Letter to House and Senate Leadership Urging Bipartisan Budget Agreement on Spending Caps In Order to Maintain Robust Federal Investments in Science and Innovation.
17 July 2017 Letter to Secretary of State Urging Exemption of Visitors Attending Scientific or Technical Events (Conferences) from the Travel Ban in Executive Order 13780
23 June 2017   Coalition (STEM-ED) Letter to Department of Education concern that the U.S. Department of Education Urging DOEd Support for Inclusion of Science Performance in State Education Accountability Frameworks as Provided Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
25 May 2017 Coalition (STEM ED) Letter to President Trump Calling for Appointment of of OSTP Director
17 May 2017 Comment to OMB/State Department on Public Notice #9984 Soliticing Comments on Proposal for Enhance Visa Vetting.
9 May 2017 Letter to President and Commerce Secretary With Recommendations on Strengthening the U.S. Patent System
5 May 2017 Coalition  (TFAI) Statement Commending Congress for Support of S&T in the FY Omnibus Budget Legislation
24 April 2017 Coalition letter to House and Senate Energy Committee Leadership Urging Continued Support for DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
6 April 2017 Coalition (AAAS) letter to House and Senate Leadership Urging Swift Completion of FY2017 Appropriations With Robust Investments in Scientific Research
27 March 2017 Coalition (CNSR) Statement to the Secretary of Defense Urging Robust and Sutained Growth in DoD’s Basic Research and S&T Program Budgets.
16 March 2017 Coalition (TFAI) Statement on the President’s FY2018 Budget Request.
21 Feb. 2017 Engineering Community Statement on Importance of Immigration to Enhancing Technological Innovation
3 Jan. 2017 Letter to President-elect Trump Requesting Executive Order Prohibiting Use of H-1B Visas to Outsource Jobs
Date Description
8 Dec. 2016 Coalition (TFAI) Letter to President-Elect Trump Urging Support for Federally Funded STEM Research.
30 Nov. 2016 Coalition (STEM Ed) Letter to President-Elect Trump with recommendations on K-12 STEM education priorities for the new Administration.
17 Oct. 2016 Comment Submitted to US Citizen and Immigration Service (Doc. USCIS-2015-2006) Expressing Concerns Regarding the Administration’s Parole Proposal for Immigrant Start-Up Entrepreneurs.
19 Sep. 2016 Coalition Letter (TFAI) to House and Senate Leadership Urging Completion of the 2017 Appropriations Process With Robust Funding for Scientific Research.
25 Aug. 2016 Letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Requesting that USPTO’s Rule-Making Re:  Patent Processing (Updating) 0651-0031 Should be Returned to USPTO as Improperly Submitted.
22 Jul 2016 Comment Submitted to USPTO In Response to a request for public comment (0651-0031) on Patent Processing, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act.
6 Jul. 2016 Letter to Reps. Rohrabacher and Pascrell Supporting Introduction of The H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act (H.R. TBD) in the House of Representatives.
6 Jul. 2016 Coalition (CNSF) Letter to the Senate Supporting the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084)
28 Jun. 2016 Coalition (CNSF) Statement to the Senate Supporting the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084)
28 Jun. 2016 Coalition (TFAI) Letter to leadership of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Supporting the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084)
24 Jun. 2016 IEEE-USA Letter on Behalf of IEEE Internet Initiative to Reps. Royce and Engel Supporting the Digital Global Access Policy Act of 2016 (H.R. 5537)
1 Jun. 2016 IEEE-USA Comments to NTIA (IOT RFC 2016) on The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things
31 May 2016 IEEE-USA Amicus Brief Supporting Grant of Certiorari By U.S. Supreme Court in MCM Portfolio LLC vs. HP and USPTO
29 Apr. 2016 Coalition (STEM Ed) Whitepaper on The Case for Investing in Out-of-School Learning as a Core Strategy in Improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education
31 Mar. 2016 Statement to House Appropriations on Commerce, Justice, Science and related Agencies on FY2017 Budget Recommendations for NIST, NSF and NASA.
14 Mar. 2016 IEEE-USA Endorsement of Rep. Butterfield/McKinley “Dear Colleague” Letter Urging Support for $8 Billion Request for National Science Foundation’s FY2017 Appropriation.
29 Feb. 2016 Comments Submitted to Dept. of Homeland Security Concerning Proposals Affecting High-Skill Non-Immigrant Workers (DHS Docket NO. USCIS-2015-00008).
25 Feb. 2016 Statement to Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest for Hearing on The Impact of High Skilled Immigration on U.S. Workers.
22 Feb. 2016 Joint Letter with IEEE Computer Society To U.S. Congress Urging Computer Education as an FY2017 Budget Priority.
16 Feb. 2016 Letter to California State Assembly Leaders  and Members of the Privacy and Consumer Protection and Judiciary Committees Opposing Assembly Bill AB 1681, Which Would Prohibit the Sale of Smartphones with Unbreakable Encryption
9 Feb. 2016 Coalition (CNSR) Letter to Congress and DoD Opposing Cuts to Basic Research and S&T Funding in the FY2017 Defense Budget Request
29 Jan. 2016 Coalition (TFAI) Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee Leaders Urging Strong Support for R&D in the FY2017 302 (b) Budget Allocations
21 Jan. 2016 Coalition (STEM Ed) Letter with Recommendations on STEM Education Prepared for the 2016 Presidential Candidates
Date Description
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.
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 2014 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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