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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 115- 10 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017
  • Develop a science strategy for the study and exploration of extrasolar planets, including the use of telescopes, spacecraft, or instruments, as appropriate
  • Develop a science strategy for astrobiology that would outline key scientific questions, identify the most promising research in the field, and indicate the extent to which the mission priorities in existing decadal surveys address the search for life’s origin, evolution, distribution, and future in the Universe
  • Assess the Administration’s Mars exploration architecture and its responsiveness to the strategies, priorities, and guidelines put forward by the National Academies’ planetary science decadal surveys and other relevant National Academies’ Mars-related reports
Public Law 115- 25 - Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017
  • Conduct a study on future National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite systems and data needs
Public Law 115- 31 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017
  • Conduct a review of the conceptual plans to dispose of surplus plutonium to include considerations of transportation, operations, performance assessment, compliance with Environmental Protection Agency and other regulations, safety analyses, and any other activities required to carry out this alternative that are pertinent to the operation of WIPP
  • Conduct a peer review of the revised draft IRIS assessment of formaldehyde. Should it be released in fiscal year 2017, verify that the recommendations from the previous NAS report of 2011 have been fully resolved scientifically
  • Develop a dietary reference intake report for sodium that takes into consideration studies on all-cause mortality
  • Develop an operational Therapeutic Foster Care Services (TFC) definition for the Medicaid program
  • Prepare a report that assesses the capital needs of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) main campus. The report should identify facilities in greatest need of repair, describe the work needed to bring them up to current standards, and include cost estimates for each project
  • Conduct a study on the federal healthcare costs, safety, and quality concerns associated with discarded drugs resulting from weight-based dosing of medicines contained in single-dose vials
  • Conduct a study on the cost benefit impact of multimodal autonomous self-driving vehicles, focusing on the impact of autonomous vehicles on motor carriers, ports, transit, and related industries, and on the so-called crash economy that includes the insurance and healthcare industries