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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 114-120 - Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015
  • Conduct an assessment of the costs incurred by the Federal Government to carry out polar icebreaking missions (completed)
Public Law 114-183 - Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016
  • Conduct a study examining the safety, regulatory requirements, techniques, and best practices applicable to pipeline facilities that transport or store only petroleum gas or mixtures of petroleum gas and air to 100 or fewer customers (completed)
Public Law 114-190 - FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016
  • Study the potential use of probabilistic assessments of risks to streamline the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system, including any research and development necessary (completed)


Public Law 114-198 - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016
  • Evaluate the Justice Department’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Grant Program, identifying outcomes that are to be achieved by activities funded by the program and the metrics by which the achievement of these outcomes shall be determined
  • Evaluate any program administered by the Secretary of Health and Human Services included in this Act that provides grants for the purpose of addressing problems pertaining to opioid abuse, basing the evaluation on the outcomes achieved and the metrics by which the achievement of these outcomes shall be determined
Public Law 114-315 - Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016
  • Conduct a review of examinations furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs to individuals who submit claims for compensation under chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, for traumatic brain injury to assess the impairments of such individuals relating to their injury (completed)
  • Conduct an assessment of scientific research relating to the descendants of individuals with toxic exposure (completed)
Public Law 114-322 - Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act
  • Develop a proposal to study the use and performance of innovative materials in water resources development projects carried out by the Corps of Engineers and, after public comment, carry out the study
  • Conduct a study on the effectiveness and environmental impacts of salt cedar biological control efforts on increasing water supplies and improving riparian habitats of the Colorado River and its principal tributaries, in the State of California and elsewhere
Public Law 114-328 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
  • Conduct a study of the conventional munitions demilitarization program of the Department of Defense (completed)
  • Conduct an assessment of the technology development efforts of the defense environmental cleanup program of the Department of Energy (completed)
  • Concurrently review the analysis, conducted by the federally funded research and development center chosen by the Secretary of Energy, of the approaches for treating the portion of low-activity waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Richland, Washington, that is intended for supplemental treatment
Public Law 114-329 - American Innovation and Competitiveness Act
  • Assess research and data reproducibility and replicability in interdisciplinary research and make recommendations for improving rigor and transparency (completed)
  • Subject to the availability of appropriations, jointly establish and conduct with The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) a post-doctoral fellowship program
  • Conduct a study to identify and review technologies employed at institutions of higher education to provide notifications to students, faculty, and other personnel during emergency situations in accordance with law