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.
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.