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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 108- 7 - Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act of 1997
  • Study the procedures by which routes are selected for the shipment of spent nuclear fuel from research nuclear reactors between or among existing Department of Energy facilities (completed)
  • Evaluate the impact of the final rule, published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2002, relating to prevention of significant deterioration in areas currently meeting air quality standards and review new emissions sources in areas that do not currently meet the standards (completed)
  • Assess the availability, performance, and capability of the NWS NEXRAD located on Sulphur Mountain in Ventura County, California (completed)
  • Review the Department of Energy’s programs in fossil energy and energy conservation (completed)
  • Evaluate the Coeur D’Alene Basin, Idaho Superfund site (completed)
  • Review the procedures used by the States in setting individual State emission standards (completed)
  • Unless completed by the Interagency Working Group (IWG) within 60 days of enactment of this Act, review the current draft Dioxin Reassessment (completed)
Public Law 108- 25 - United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003
  • Compare the success rates of the various programs and methods used under the comprehensive, five-year, global strategy to reduce, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria (completed)
Public Law 108-136 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004
  • Utilizing the Department of Defense’s definition of basic research, evaluate the Department’s basic research portfolio (completed)
  • Analyze the effect on threat reduction and nonproliferation programs of applicable congressional oversight measures
Public Law 108-137 - Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2004
  • Study of spent nuclear fuel storage at commercial reactor sites (completed)
Public Law 108-153 - 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act
  • Conduct a triennial evaluation of the National Nanotechnology Program (first in a series completed)
  • Determine the technical feasibility of molecular self-assembly for the manufacture of materials and devices at the molecular scale (completed)
  • Assess the need for standards, guidelines, or strategies for ensuring the responsible development of nanotechnology (completed)
Public Law 108-173 - Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003
  • Conduct a comprehensive study of drug safety and quality issues (completed)
  • Evaluate the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOS) program under part B of title XI of the Social Security Act (completed)
  • Evaluate leading health care performance measures in the public and private sectors and options to implement policies that align performance with payment under the Medicare program (completed)
Public Law 108-176 - Vision 100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act
  • Assess the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed wake turbulence research and development program (See also P.L. 109-155) (completed)
  • Study the assumptions and methods used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to estimate staffing standards for FAA inspectors (completed)
  • Provide staff support to the Airport Cooperative Research Program Governing Board and carry out projects proposed by the Board that the Secretary considers appropriate
Public Law 108-183 - Veterans Benefits Act of 2003
  • Determine the appropriate disposition of the Air Force Health Study (completed)