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DC CurrentsSSA issues periodic quick updates on actions in Washington, D.C. that impact earthquake science. Click here for the latest update (May 2015).

AGI Current Issues PageThe American Geosciences Institute, a federation of earth science societies including SSA, maintains an ongoing newsfeed of the most up-to-date geoscience policy information. Click here to visit the page.

U.S. Government Relations

The SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA (SSA) is an international scientific society devoted to the advancement of seismology and the understanding of earthquakes for the benefit of society. SSA was founded to "promote research in seismology, the scientific investigation of earthquakes and related phenomena, to promote public safety by all practical means, and to enlist the support of the people and the government in the attainment of these ends."

SSA is the largest and most respected society of seismologists in the world. We are an unbiased source of reliable information for any governmental agency or official seeking sound scientific advice. In the U.S. we are active participants in the Congressional Hazards Caucus Alliance, the NEHRP Coalition, the USGS Coalition, the Coalition for NSF and the Geo-Policy Working Group. If you have questions, we invite you to contact us at GovtRel [at] seismosoc [dot] org.

SSA Government Relations Committee

SSA’s public policy activities include educating our members on policy issues that affect the science, issuing resolutions or position statements on seismic matters, and providing information on seismic issues to U.S. legislators and staff, including responding to invitations to provide testimony before congressional committees.

Members of the Government Relations Committee

Government Relations News Items

SSA Announces 2015 GEO-CVD Student Travel Grant Winners (5 August 2015)

Eighth Annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day September 29–30, 2015 (20 July 2015)

2015 Geosciences Congressional Visits Day Student Travel Grant Application Now Open (25 June 2015)

Special Alert to U.S. SSA Members (12 May 2015)

SSA 2015 Presidential Address: Seismology and Global Change (12 May 2015)

DC Currents — GEO-CVD 2014 Report from SRL 86:3 (4 May 2015)

Deborah Weiser Represents SSA at 7th Annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (19 September 2014)

2014 GEO-CVD Student Travel Grant Winner Announced! (5 August 2014)

DC Currents — SSA Government Relations Co-Chair, Woody Savage, Testifies for House Hearings on the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act (NEHRP) (31 July 2014)

Seventh Annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Day September 16–17, 2014 (31 July 2014)

DC Currents — SSA President-Elect & Members Testify for House Natural Resources Committee (4 April 2014)

DC Currents — SSA President Tom Jordan Briefs U.S. Congress (7 March 2014)

SSA Signs Letter Urging Federal Support for Seismological Research and Facilities (16 January 2014)

Older items can be found on the Government Relations News Archive page (2007–2013)

Position Statements

Getting Involved

Communicating with Congress
See this site for tips on how to write to or visit your congressional representative, or email SSA Executive Director Susan Newman at <snewman [at]> for assistance.

Congressional Fellowships
See this page for more information on Congressional Fellowships offered by earth science societies (Science Fellows augment Congressional staffs and can have a big impact on public policy).

Some Key Congressional Committees

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) is authorized by the following committees:

Research Subcommittee of the House Science Committee
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
House Science subcommittee on Technology & Innovation

After a program is authorized, funds must be appropriated for each government agency involved by one of the several subcommittees of the appropriations committees in the House and Senate.

NEHRP funds are divided among four agencies. The subcommittees that appropriates funds for the U.S. Geological Survey, part of the Department of the Interior, are called the "Subcommittee on Interior Environmental and Related Agencies" in the both Houses. The subcommittee of the Appropriations Committees that appropriates NSF and NIST funds is called the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. FEMA is appropriated under the Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

The subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee that appropriates NSF funds is called the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science in the Senate and Subcommittee on Science, the Departments of State, Justice and Commerce and related agencies in the Senate.

Last Modified: 2015 Aug 05