Government Relations Updates
AGI Monthly Updates: The American Geosciences Institute, a federation of earth science societies including SSA, issues monthly review of key issues affecting the geosciences in the U.S. Congress and federal agencies. Click here.
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.
Government Relations News Items
DC Currents — SSA President Tom Jordan Briefs U.S. Congress (7 March 2014)
DC Currents — SSA's returns from Washington. Sixth Annual GEO-CVD A Success! (27 September 2013)
GEO-CVD Student Travel Grant Winners Announced! (26 August 2013)
SSA Signs Letter on Government Travel Restrictions (29 May 2013)
SSA President–Elect Lisa Grant Ludwig Visits Congress (24 May 2013)
SSA Opposition Letter to Senate Amendment 2060 (03 December 2012)
DC Currents — SSA Members Visit Washington (GeoCVD Day 2011) (30 September 2011)
DC Currents — Appropriations Bill Update (25 August 2011)
DC Currents — Update on Recent Government Relations Actions (December 2009)
House Holds Hearings on NEHRP Reauthorization (26 June 2009)
OPINION: SSA Goes to Washington from SRL Vol. 80 No. 2 (March/April 2009)
NEHRP 2009-2013 Strategic Plan Available Online (26 November 2008)
AGI Publishes Transition Document for Next U.S. Administration (10 October 2008)
Public Briefing on Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction (26 September 2008)
Geoscientists Visit Congress (15 September 2008)
SSA Releases New Summary of Public Policy Positions (7 August 2008)
SSA members Testify on USGS Budget (23 May 2008)
SSA Co-Sponsors Congressional Briefing (13 November 2007)
- Comment on Reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) (June 2009)
- Summary of SSA Public Policy Positions (July 2008)
- Actions for Managing Earthquake Risk
- In Support of Improved Earthquake and Tsunami Hazard Mitigation
- Monitoring the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (revised, December 2007)
- SSA Resolution supporting an ANSS
- Resolution in Support of the National Science Foundation's EarthScope Initiative
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] seismosoc.org> for assistance.
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:
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.