Federal Relations

CASC works closely with university-based Federal Relations officers to ensure that HPC and cyberinfrastructure issues of concern are integrated into the university communities’ research agenda. CASC members deliver testimony before Congress and serve on Federal Agency Committees.

The CASC Washington Liaison keeps members informed about legislation, regulations and agency activities in the HPC arena. When appropriate, CASC replies as a single organization to requests for comment on proposed legislation and reports, and submits advocacy letters on key federal issues.

CASC members’ visibility is enhanced by the annual production of the CASC brochure, distributed to Congressional members and key committees. It is also distributed at the state and local levels, via federal relations officers and state governors’ offices in Washington.

CASC also regularly participates as a sponsor in the annual Coalition for National Science Funding exhibit and reception. This year, as last, the CASC theme “CASC members lead STEM activities “is depicted through articles, reports, brochures and photos which describe outreach activities aimed at supporting science, technology education and math at CASC members.

The exhibit typically attracts Members of Congress ( the House Science Committee is usually well represented), Congressional staff from both House and Senate and NSF leaders. CASC has been a sponsor of past CNSF exhibits and receptions providing increased visibility for scientific research supported by the National Science Foundation.

CNSF May 2013 Exhibit & Reception

CASC was among the 33 Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) members who participated in the annual exhibition and reception held in the Rayburn House Office Building.in May, Exhibits ranged from University specific projects NSF helps to fund to Associations showcasing certain NSF funded projects. The CASC exhibit featured photos and text from many members involved with STEM activities, and CASC materials showcasing the breath and scope of our membership.

All are encouraged to seek out Members of Congress to attend and view NSF supported research accomplishments, with Members of the House most often stopping by. As well the NSF Division Directors are encouraged to attend along with the Director and Deputy. This year the CASC exhibit saw, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D.TX) , House Science Committee Minority Ranking member; Dr. Cora Marrett, Acting Director of NSF and Dr. Farnam Jahanian, CISE AD, visit.

Dr. Curt Hillegas, CASC vice chair joined Sue Fratkin, CASC Washington Liaison at the exhibit table.

Recent Testimony

TACC Director of Visualization, Dr. Kelly Gaither, spoke before the House of Representatives Research and Education subcommittee, having been invited to share her perspective on how federally funded programs in computing, networking and software improve our everyday lives.View webcast >>

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