(Washington, DC) - Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology passed six bipartisan bills at a full committee markup, spanning the research and technology realm and environment and energy sectors.
“From enhancing our online data security to improving our clean energy production methods, these bills provide strong investments in our American federal research enterprise that will deliver the vital blueprints for our scientific success,” said Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK). “I’m grateful to our Committee Members on both sides of the aisle for their continuous hard work in advancing our goals of securing global science and technology leadership. I look forward to moving these pieces of good-government legislation through the House.”
H.R. 4755, the Privacy Enhancing Technology Research Act
Ensures responsible data use and data privacy by authorizing research, workforce development, and standards-setting activities at the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology for privacy-enhancing technologies.
Directs a coordinated research effort across the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of the Interior to improve our ability to sequester carbon through land use.
Improves our ability to detect and plug abandoned wells, reducing pollution in communities by directing the Secretary of Energy to carry out a research, development, and demonstration program.
Increases accountability and transparency in the Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations by expanding reporting requirements.
Improves the National Weather Service’s forecasting of turbulence and acquisition of aviation weather data.
Enhances our ability to protect lives and property by directing the Administrator of NOAA to establish a program to improve fire weather and fire environment forecasting, detection, and local collaboration.