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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 105-178 - Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
  • Conduct a study of the congestion mitigation and air quality improvement program (completed)
  • Conduct a study on the regulation of weights, lengths, and widths of commercial motor vehicles operating on Federal-aid highways to which Federal regulations apply (completed)
  • Study the effect of contracting out mass transportation operation and administrative functions on cost, availability and level of service, efficiency, safety, quality of services provided to transit-dependent populations, and employer-employee relations (completed)
  • Conduct a study of the safety issues attendant to the transportation of school children to and from school and school-related activities by various transportation modes (completed)
  • Review the Department of Transportation's integrated surface transportation research and technology development strategic plan
  • Conduct a study to determine the goals, purposes, research agenda and projects, administrative structure, and fiscal needs for a new strategic highway research program (completed)
Public Law 105-185 - Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998
  • Study the role and mission of federally funded agricultural research, extension, and education (completed)
Public Law 105-261 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999
  • Conduct a study on the technology base of the Department of Defense (completed)
Public Law 105-276 - Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999
  • Study the potential toxicologic risks of all flame-retardant chemicals used in residential upholstered furniture for the purpose of meeting regulations for flame resistance of such furniture (completed)
  • Conduct a study to develop methods for evaluating federally-funded research and development programs
  • Study the effects of copper in drinking water on human health (completed)
  • Perform a review of mercury health research and prepare recommendations on the appropriate level for a mercury exposure reference dose (completed)
  • Assist the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Air Science Advisory Committee by recommending the number and location of monitors and specific objectives and operating conditions for the various types of speciation monitors in EPA's particulate matter monitoring plan and by performing a peer review of the speciation component of the plan 
Public Law 105-277 - Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Fiscal Year 1999
  • Study the environmental and reclamation requirements related to mining of locatable minerals on federal lands and the adequacy of those requirements to prevent unnecessary or undue degradation of the lands (completed)
  • Conduct a study examining the cause-and-effect relationship between repetitive tasks in the workplace and musculoskeletal disorders (completed)
  • Conduct a review of the current polices of the Organ Procurement and Transportation Network (OPTN) (completed)
  • Study the technical feasibility, validity, and reliability of including test items from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for 4th grade reading and 8th grade mathematics or from other tests in State and district assessments for the purpose of providing a common measure of individual student performance
  • Conduct an update of the Transportation Research Board's 1991 study of airline deregulation pertaining to competitive issues in the airline industry as well as recommendations for changes in the statutory framework under which the industry operates
  • Conduct a study assessing the status of older workers in the information technology field (completed)
  • Review and evaluate the available scientific evidence regarding associations between illness and service in the Persian Gulf War (See also P.L. 105-368) (completed)
  • Study the appropriate amounts of fruit, fiber and sugar in the diet of the population targeted for benefit by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Conduct an evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program   
Public Law 105-301 - Crime Victims With Disabilities Awareness Act
  • Conduct a study about crimes against individuals with developmental disabilities that will be useful in developing new strategies to reduce the incidence of these crimes (completed)
Public Law 105-305 - Next Generation Internet Research Act of 1998
  • Conduct a study of the short-term and long-term effects on trademark rights of adding new generic top-level domains and related dispute resolution procedures (completed)
Public Law 105-314 - Protection of Children From Sexual Predators Act of 1998
  • Conduct a study of computer-based technologies and other approaches to the problem of the availability of pornographic material to children on the Internet (See also P.L. 105-119) (completed) 
Public Law 105-368 - Veterans Programs Enchancement Act of 1998
  • Review and evaluate the available scientific evidence regarding associations between illness and service in the Persian Gulf War (See also P.L. 105-277) (completed)
  • Develop a plan for the establishment of a national center or national centers for the study of war-related illnesses and post-deployment health issues (completed)
  • Assess whether a methodology could be used for determining the efficacy of treatments furnished to, and health outcomes of, Persian Gulf War veterans who have been treated for illnesses which may be associated with their service in the Persian Gulf War (completed)
  • 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
Public Law 105-383 - Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998
  • Conduct an assessment approach which accounts for the overall environmental performance of alternative tank vessel designs (completed)
Public Law 105-392 - Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998
  • Study the training needs of health professionals with respect to the detection and referral of victims of family or acquaintance violence (completed)