Congressional Science Policy Initiative

Our Mission

The Congressional Science Policy Initiative (CSPI) is a nonpartisan effort to facilitate the engagement of scientists, engineers, and technologists with Congressional offices in order to better inform public policy.

CSPI will seek to inform a diverse range of issues, including, but not limited to:

  • Benefits and risks of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and synthetic biology.
  • Value of scientific research and its role in national security and economic competitiveness.
  • Role of STEM graduate schools in producing more policy-oriented scientists.
  • Aspects of nuclear arms control and risks associated with nuclear weapons proliferation.

 

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Our Approach

Educating Congress

We work with scientists who are part of our community to convey objective information into key Congressional hearings.

Cultivating a science knowledge-base

As Congressional offices seek an understanding of science and technology, we connect them with our community of experts committed to “letting the data talk.”

Building community

We are building a community of scientists, engineers, and technologists committed to serving as an evidence-based resource to policymakers.

Join Our Community to Educate Congress

By joining the FAS Congressional Science Policy Initiative (@FASCongress) — a network of scientists, engineers, and technologists — you will help build a community that educates lawmakers and their staff on urgent issues in science and technology.

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Our Team

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Ali Nouri, Ph.D.

President
Federation of American Scientists

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Michael A. Fisher, Ph.D. 

Senior Fellow
Federation of American Scientists

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Stay Informed

For the latest news about science and technology policy, Congressional hearing readouts, and more, subscribe to the CSPI Newsletter.

The Latest (10/11/19)

Help Congress question Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

The Big Issue

US action on research interference

The Archive

Genome editing, synthetic biology, & the bioeconomy

 

Publications, Outreach, and Newsletter Archive

Ali Nouri, “US farmers can teach scientists advocacy,” Nature, 2/5/19

Ali Nouri, “Synthetic biology: A call for a new culture of responsibility,” The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 12/7/18

Ali Nouri, “Synthetic biology and the new culture of responsibility,” SynBioBeta, 10/22/18

Response from US Federal Science Leadership, “Letter to the United States Research Community,” 9/30/19

Letter to US Federal Science Leadership, “Balancing US security and an open, collaborative scientific environment,” 9/6/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “The House calls on DoD to disclose Cold War-era bioweapons program secrets,” 8/27/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “No substantial discussion of carbon pricing during Senate hearing on energy innovation,” 7/31/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “Making sense of a Congressional clash over US greenhouse gas emissions,” 7/19/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “The National Science Foundation has banned its personnel from participating in ‘foreign government talent recruitment programs.’ | To defend against disinformation, Swedes are learning to think like scientists. Americans should, too.” 7/12/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “An algorithm decides that Amazon’s warehouse associates be fired | Antimicrobial resistance crisis and biodefense | Congress to tour national labs,” 6/28/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “Federal science agencies and Congress place foreign-born researchers under the microscope | CRISPR-babies controversy | Patent-eligible discovery science,” 6/11/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “Congress grapples with foreign interference in US science and technology,” 6/3/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “Researchers’ personal stories demonstrate the contributions of foreign-born STEM experts to US science and technology,” 5/24/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “Gain-of-function research on deadly bird flu virus | Protecting US science and technology competitiveness,” 5/10/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “Impacts of climate change on disease | Facial recognition in law enforcement,” 5/3/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “US universities investigating the role of their researchers in the CRISPR baby controversy,” 4/19/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “US competitiveness, diversity in the sciences, and FBI investigations,” 4/12/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “Science at NIH, NOAA, and NIST under the knife in 2020 budget proposal,” 4/5/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “National Science Foundation Budget Request (FY20),” 3/28/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “Engineering Our Way to a Sustainable Bioeconomy,” 3/21/19

Congressional Science Policy Initiative Newsletter, “Maintaining US Leadership in Science and Technology,” 3/15/19

Letter to US Government, “The Shutdown Is Hurting Science,” 1/16/19

Science Policy in Cessnas

Above The Fray is a video podcast hosted by FAS President Dr. Ali Nouri. A licensed pilot, Dr. Nouri flies guests over American vistas while discussing important issues in science and technology policy.

For more conversations in Cessnas, visit our playlist.