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Short Summaries of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Studies Within Public Laws by Congressional Session

The following is a list of congressionally requested National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine studies summarized from the legislative language. For the actual language, click on the title of the Public Law.

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Public Law 113- 76 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014
  • Evaluate, possibly on a periodic basis, the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) distribution system and make recommendations to improve it, including consideration of private-public collaborations to increase efficiencies (partially completed)
  • Upon completion of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) analysis, review the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) ocean and coastal data collection systems to determine which systems should be maintained, which need sustained investment, and which should be retired
  • Evaluate the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) program and whether it has brought measurable improvements in the health of fish, wildlife, and their habitats (completed)
  • Conduct a study on the impact of Federal regulations and reporting requirements on institutions of higher education (See P.L. 110-315) (completed)
  • Assess China’s strategies, policies, and programs to become an innovative society and to enhance its indigenous innovation
  • Undertake a review of existing data collection methods pertaining to human trafficking and slavery and make recommendations to improve data collection in these areas
  • Review the Bureau of Reclamation’s draft analysis of buried metallic water pipeline reliability to ensure that the uniform reliability standard, in addition to the analysis of economics, cost-effectiveness, and life-cycle costs, is accurate and consistent across all referenced materials


Public Law 113-121 - Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014
  • Study and make recommendations relating to infrastructure and coastal restoration options for reducing risk to human life and property from extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, coastal storms, and inland flooding


Public Law 113-235 - Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
  • Three years after enactment of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2014 (included in this legislation) evaluate the Regional Innovation Program established by the Act, recommending whether it should be improved and continued or terminated
  • Establish a Blue Ribbon Commission on Scientific Literacy and Standing (Completed)
  • Evaluate the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), including its two-tiered peer review process and its coordination of research priorities with the National Institutes of Health, and recommend how it can be improved (Completed)
  • Conduct a national level, comprehensive study on the future resilience and reliability of the nation’s electric power transmission and distribution system (Completed)


Public Law 113-281 - Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014
  • Conduct an assessment of authorities, delegated to the Coast Guard under subtitle II of title 46 of the United States Code, that impact the ability of vessels documented under the laws of the United States to effectively compete in international transportation markets and review the differences between them and standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) (completed)