Current Congressionally Authorized Activities*

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
Upon completion of a Government Accountability Office analysis, review the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 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 program and whether it has brought measurable improvements in the health of fish, wildlife, and their habitats
Conduct a study on the impact of federal regulations and reporting requirements on institutions of higher education (see Public Law 110-315)
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
113-66 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014
Conduct a review of the options available to address near- and long-term threats to the national security space systems of the United States, including strategies and plans to counter such threats, and recommend courses of action
113-6 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013
Analyze the research and activities of the Institute for Telecommunications Services (ITS) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and make recommendations regarding the extent to which ITS research is addressing future telecommunications challenges and spectrum needs.
112-239 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
Assess and provide an analysis and recommendations on the state of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ mental health services, including the department’s development and implementation of measures to assess its mental health care services and its staffing guidelines
Conduct a study of peer review and design competition related to nuclear weapons
Conduct a study of the state of molybdenum-99 production and utilization
112-141 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)
Review a report which assesses the status of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure dedicated short-range communications technology and applications, analyzes the known and potential gaps, and defines a recommended implementation path
In consultation with the Comptroller General of the United States, conduct an economic analysis of the costs and benefits to the federal government of a flood insurance program with full risk-based premiums, combined with means-tested federal assistance to aid individuals who cannot afford coverage, through an insurance voucher program
Upon issuance of the rule establishing the Consumer Option for an Alternative System to Allocate Losses (COASTAL) Formula and each time it is modified, evaluate the expected financial impact on the national flood insurance program of the use of the formula, the validity of the scientific assumptions upon which it is based, and whether the formula can achieve a degree of accuracy of not less than 90 percent in allocating flood losses for indeterminate losses
112-95 FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011
Review the enterprise architecture for the NextGen
Review the research plan developed by the FAA administrator on the methods and procedures to improve both confidence in and the timeliness of certification of new technologies for their introduction into the national airspace system
Conduct a study, under the Airport Cooperative Research Program, on airport sustainability practices
112-81 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Within four years of the enactment of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011, and every four years thereafter, conduct a study of how the STTR program has stimulated technological innovation and technology transfer, estimate the number of jobs created by the SBIR and STTR programs, and make recommendations with respect to these issues
112-74 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012
Conduct a study to identify the market barriers slowing the purchase of electric vehicles and hindering the deployment of supporting infrastructure
Study the lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear disaster
Form a work group to review, evaluate, and identify issues related to the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) authority and provide a report for the CAN Board to help it identify ways to accelerate and expand the number of cures
Conduct a scientific peer review of the 12th Report on Carcinogens determinations related to formaldehyde and styrene
111-358 America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010
Conduct a study on the scientific work force in the areas of oceanic and atmospheric research and development
Initiate a study to evaluate, develop, or improve impact-on-society metrics
111-314 National and Commercial Space Programs
Periodically over the next decade, conduct independent assessments, also known as decadal surveys, taking stock of the status and opportunities for earth and space science discipline fields and aeronautics research and recommending priorities for research and programmatic areas
At five-year intervals, review and assess the performance of each division in the science directorate of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
111-267 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Beginning in FY2012, conduct a review of the goals, core capabilities, and direction of human space flight, using the goals set forth in the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2005, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008, the goals set forth in this Act, and those set forth in any existing statement of space policy issued by the president
111-163 Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010
Conduct an expanded study on the health impact of Project Shipboard Hazard and Defense (Project SHAD)
111-148 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Review research on the selection of a set of key national indicators, determine how to implement and establish a key national indicator system, and report annually to the Commission on Key National Indicators any findings and recommendations
111-117 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010
Conduct a study of the feasibility of commercially provided earth science data
111-85 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010
Conduct a study to address the national security and extended deterrence value of the B61 bomb for both strategic and tactical purposes in light of nuclear terrorism risks and military threats
111-8 Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009
Conduct an inventory of the energy development potential on all lands currently managed by the Department of Energy
Study the position of the United States in flexible electronics, its applications, and the steps that must be undertaken for a national initiative
110-422 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008
Conduct a study to determine the most appropriate governance structure for U.S. Earth observations programs
Study the impacts of space weather on the current and future United States aviation industry, and in particular examine the risks for Over-The-Pole (OTP) and Ultra-Long-Range (ULR) operations
On a periodic basis, perform independent assessments -- also known as decadal surveys -- to take stock of the status and opportunities for the fields of earth and space science and aeronautics and to recommend priorities for research and programmatic areas over the next decade
110-389 Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008
Before March 31, 2012, report to Congress assessing the feasibility and advisability of conducting additional research after Sept. 30, 2012, on the assets transferred to the Institute of Medicine's Medical Follow-Up Agency from the Air Force Health Study (see Public Law 109-364 for background on this request)
110-315 Higher Education Opportunity Act
Ascertain the amount and scope, by agency, of all federal regulations and reporting requirements with which institutions of higher education must comply and offer recommendations for consolidating, streamlining, and eliminating those that are redundant and burdensome (see Public Law 113-76)
110-161 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008
Establish an independent project review of NASA's major programs
Support the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis' Global Energy Assessment
Recommend innovative approaches to educate and train scientists and users of Earth observations and applications and to assist in training students
110-140 Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
Evaluate vehicle fuel economy standards, updating the initial report every five years through 2025
Assess the impact of the requirements described in Section 211(o) of the Clean Air Act on each industry relating to the production of feed grains, livestock, food, forest products, and energy
Five years after enactment of this Act, assess the Department of Energy's performance in carrying out Section 641, titled the "United States Energy Storage Competitiveness Act of 2007"
Review and provide oversight for the Carbon Capture and Sequestration Research, Development, and Demonstration Programs under Section 963 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and as amended by Sections 702 and 703 of this Act
Conduct a study that defines an interdisciplinary program on the undergraduate and graduate levels in geology, engineering, hydrology, environmental science, and related disciplines that will support the nation's capability to capture and sequester carbon dioxide from anthropogenic sources, and develop guidelines for proposals from colleges and universities with substantial capabilities in the required disciplines
110-114 Water Resources Development Act of 2007
Conduct a peer review for those project studies subject to a review as described in subsection (a), Section 2034, of this Act, which may include the economic and environmental assumptions and projections, project evaluation data, economic, environmental, and engineering analyses, formulation of alternative plans, methods for integrating risk and uncertainty, models used in evaluation of economic or environmental impacts of proposed projects, and any biological opinions of the project study
110-69 America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (America COMPETES) Act
Not later than five years and 10 years after enactment of this Act, assess the performance of the science, engineering, and mathematics education programs of the Department of Energy
Four years into its operation, conduct an evaluation of how well the Advanced Research Projects Agency -- Energy (ARPA-E) is achieving its goals and mission
109-364 John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007
Receive custodianship of the Air Force Health Study assets, maintain the data and specimens, and make them available for additional studies
109-155 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2005
At five-year intervals, review and assess the performance of each division in the science directorate of NASA
109-59 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)
Recommend a research agenda for a national cooperative freight transportation research program and to support and carry out administrative and management activities related to its governance
Carry out the nine research projects called for in the National Academies' Transportation Research Board 2005 Special Report 283 titled "Cooperative Research for Hazardous Materials Transportation: Defining the Need, Converging on Solutions"
108-176 Vision 100 -- Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act
Provide staff support to the Airport Cooperative Research Program Governing Board and carry out projects proposed by the board that the secretary of transportation considers appropriate
108-153 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act
Conduct a triennial evaluation of the National Nanotechnology Program
106-541 Water Resources Development Act of 2000
Biennial review of the progress of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan
105-368 Veterans Programs Enhancement Act of 1998
Review and evaluate the available scientific evidence regarding associations between illness and service in the Persian Gulf War
Develop a curriculum for the care and treatment of Persian Gulf War veterans who have ill-defined or undiagnosed illnesses and periodically review and provide recommendations regarding research plans and research strategies
105-277 Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 1999
Study on the available scientific evidence regarding associations between illnesses and exposure to toxic agents, environmental or wartime hazards, or preventive medicines or vaccines associated with Gulf War service

*While all projects listed have been designated in legislation, a few lack funding and final contracts.