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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.

Select Congress/Session: 116-1 | 115-2 | 115-1 | 114-2 | 114-1 | 113-2 | 113-1 | 112-2 | 112-1 | 111-2 | 111-1 | 110-2 | 110-1 | 109-2 | 109-1 | 108-2 | 108-1 | 107-2 | 107-1 | 106-2 | 106-1 | 105-2 | 105-1
Public Law 110-181 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
  • Conduct a study of the credentials, preparation, and training of individuals practicing as licensed mental health counselors and make recommendations for permitting licensed mental health counselors to practice independently under the TRICARE program (completed)
  • Analyze options for strengthening and expanding the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program (completed)
  • Identify areas for cooperation with states other than states of the former Soviet Union under the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program of the Department of Defense in the prevention of proliferation of biological weapons (completed)
  • Study the physical and mental health and other readjustment needs of members and former members of the Armed Forces who deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom and their families as a result of such deployment (completed) 
Public Law 110-234 - Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Public Law 110-246 - Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Public Law 110-275 - Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
  • Identify the methodological standards for conducting systematic reviews of clinical effectiveness research on health and health care (completed)
  • Conduct a study on the best methods used in developing clinical practice guidelines (completed)
Public Law 110-293 - Tom Lantos & Henry J. Hyde US Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008
  • Provide the global AIDS coordinator with a design and budget plan for the evaluation and collection of baseline and subsequent data (completed)
Public Law 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 also P.L. 113-76) (completed)
  • Evaluate the quality of distance education programs, as compared to campus-based education programs, at institutions of higher education
  • Review, analyze, and compare existing standards in environmental, health, and safety areas for the regulation of industrial research and development facilities and research and teaching laboratories and facilities at institutions of higher education
  • Identify any race, ethnicity, or gender bias in the content and construction of standardized tests that are used for admission to institutions of higher education
  • Study the quality of teacher education programs to determine if teachers are adequately prepared to meet the needs of students with reading and language processing disabilities, including dyslexia
  • Identify constraints encountered by schools of nursing in admitting and graduating the number of registered nurses necessary to ensure patient safety and meet the need for quality assurance in the provision of health care; and develop recommendations to alleviate these constraints
Public Law 110-329 - Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009
  • Evaluate the analyses of health and safety risks to the surrounding community conducted as part of the National Environmental Policy Act process for the planned expansion of bio-safety level 3 and level 4 labs of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Maryland (completed)
Public Law 110-343 - Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008
  • Review the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to identify the types of and specific tax provisions that have the largest effects on carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions and to estimate the magnitude of those effects (completed)
Public Law 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 September 30, 2012 on the assets transferred to the Institute of Medicine’s Medical Follow-Up Agency from the Air Force Health Study (completed)
  • Conduct an epidemiological study identifying any increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis as a result of service in the Armed Forces during the Persian Gulf War in the Southwest Asia theater of operations or in the post 9/11 Global Operations theaters (completed)
Public Law 110-417 - Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009
  • Conduct a study of concepts and systems for boost-phase missile defense (completed)
Public Law 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
  • Review NASA’s aviation safety-related research programs (completed)
  • Conduct a review of the suborbital mission capabilities of NASA (completed)
  • Assess impediments, including cost growth, to the successful conduct of interagency cooperation on space science missions and Earth science missions, to provide lessons learned and best practices, and to recommend steps to help facilitate successful interagency collaborations for both of these missions (completed)
  • 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 research and to recommend priorities for research and programmatic areas over the next decade (See also P.L. 111-314) (reports completed on an ongoing basis)