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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 114- 92 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
  • Jointly with the National Academy of Public Administration, evaluate the plan and its implementation to reform the governance and management and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the nuclear security enterprise (Report 1 of 2, completed)


Public Law 114- 94 - Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act
  • Study the performance of bridges that received funding under the innovative bridge research and construction program and whether they met the goals of that program (Completed)
  • Evaluate whether it is in the public interest to withhold from discovery or admission into evidence in a Federal or State court proceeding any plan, report, data, or other information submitted to, developed, produced, collected, or obtained by the Secretary or the Secretary’s Representative for purposes of complying with the requirements under section 5329 of title 49, United States Code, including information related to a recipient’s safety plan, safety risks, and mitigation measures (Completed)
  • Conduct a study of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Safety Measurement System (SMS) utilized by the program (Completed)
  • Study the actions needed to upgrade and restore the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (Completed)
  • Complete testing of electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brake systems during emergency braking application, including more than one scenario involving the uncoupling of a train with 70 or more DOT-117 or DOT-117R specification tank cars (Completed)
Public Law 114-113 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016
  • Study the process used to establish the Advisory Committee for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the subsequent development of the Dietary Guidelines (completed)
  • Study the technical validity of the lateral stability and vehicle handling requirements proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for purposes of reducing the risk of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle “ROV” rollovers in the off-road environment, including the repeatability and reproducibility of testing for compliance
  • Conduct a study on policies affecting the next generation of researchers in the United States (completed)
  • Conduct an evaluation of available evidence of health effects from e-cigarettes and recommendations for future federally funded research (completed)
  • Conduct a study of the sources of lead in the environment at Superfund sites proximal to the nation’s largest lead mining districts (completed)
  • Review current monitoring, sampling protocols, and requirements to understand miners’ occupational exposure to respirable coal mine dust in the United States and other industrialized countries (completed)
  • Conduct an analysis of the macroeconomic, health, and crime/social costs of child poverty as well as the efforts aimed at reducing poverty and propose recommendations with the goal of reducing the number of children living in poverty in the United States by half in 10 years (completed)
  • Conduct a study on the safe sodium intake for healthy individuals including a determination of the blood pressure effect and Cardiovascular Disease implications for healthy people consuming sodium at 3,000 mg or less per day (completed)