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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

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    On 29 May 2013, AIAA led a coalition effort directed to U.S. House and Seante leaders and associated committee chairmen and ranking members seeking exemptions to a new OMB directive put in place in response to the recent General Services Administration (GSA) scandal which restricts travel for federal employees. The effects of this overly broad directive have already forced the cancellation of technical aerospace-related conferences held by partnering organizations, and threatens to broadly reduce or eliminate the open exchange and collaboration of research and ideas that technical conferneces and forums provide, reducing and slowing the advancement of the science and technology in which the Federal government invests. The letter proposes legislation exemptions based on current exemptions provided to federal employees for participating in scientific and technology research activities.

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    On 17 April 2013, AIAA led a coalition effort directed to White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jeff Zients seeking exemptions to a new OMB directive put in place in response to the recent General Services Administration (GSA) scandal which restricts travel for federal employees. The effects of this overly broad directive have already forced the cancellation of technical aerospace-related conferences held by partnering organizations, and threatens to broadly reduce or eliminate the open exchange and collaboration of research and ideas that technical conferneces and forums provide, reducing and slowing the advancement of the science and technology in which the Federal government invests. The letter proposes changes based on current exemptions provided to federal employees for participating in scientific and technology research activities.

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    On 20 November 2012, AIAA led a coalition effort directed to White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jeff Zients seeking exemptions to a new OMB directive put in place in response to the recent General Services Administration (GSA) scandal which restricts travel for federal employees.  The effects of this overly broad directive have already forced the cancellation of technical aerospace-related conferences held by partnering organizations, and threatens to broadly reduce or eliminate the open exchange and collaboration of research and ideas that technical conferneces and forums provide, reducing and slowing the advancement of the science and technology in which the Federal government invests.  The letter proposes changes based on current exemptions provided to federal employees for participating in scientific and technology research activities.

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    On 5 November 2012, AIAA sent a letter to the leadership of both the US House and Senate and to the chairmen and ranking members of several relevant oversight committees within Congress alerting them of the effects of recent directives from the White House Office of Management and Budget, as well as legislation proposed by Congress in response to last year's General Services Administration (GSA) scandal.  In the letter, AIAA pointed out that the overly broad restrictions on Federal employee travel would have the unintended consequenses of restricting the open exchange and collaboration of research and ideas that technical conferences provide, eliminating or severely reducing the advancement of science and technology in which the federal government invests.  Further, the letter goes on to point out provisions undincluded in legislaation under consideration during the current session of Congress that would create additional restrictions on all travel by Federal employees.

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    On 10 February 2009, AIAA joined several dozen of its partners in the STEM Education Coalition in urging Congressional leaders to include in the final version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 bold investments in STEM education and science research and development aimed at both stimulating the national economy and providing for the long-term competitiveness of the American workforce.

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    On 5 September 2008, AIAA joined fellow members of the STEM Education Coalition in thanking Representatives George Miller and Howard “Buck” McKeon, Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the of the House Committee on Education and Labor; and Senators Edward Kennedy and Michael Enzi, Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, for ensuring that the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 “clearly recognizes the vital role that strong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs play in ensuring our nation’s competitiveness in the global economy.”

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    On 24 June 2008, AIAA joined with thirty other prominent organizations in submitting a letter to House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon expressing support for H.R. 6314, the Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Act of 2008. Recently introduced by Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, this Act would help women scientists and engineers to envision a career path that allows them to reach their full intellectual potential so that they may make significant contributions to scientific innovations in the U.S. and worldwide.

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    On 3 June 2008, AIAA President George Muellner issued a statement on HR 6063, the “NASA Authorization Act of 2008” – "I applaud the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science for the commitment they have made in this legislation toward meeting our nation’s crucial priorities in aerospace research and development. In an ever more competitive world, the course we chart now will affect our ability to maintain both our national security and our economic leadership. This bill will permit NASA to continue to support cutting-edge aerospace technology R&D, to meet the schedule of our national Vision for Space Exploration, and to help develop the next generation of aerospace professionals we will need for future technology development and for future mission vision and support."

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