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SciPol Spotlight

coronavirus, STEM education, facial recognition

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Expands government grant programs to encourage the participation of veterans in STEM and computer science fields.

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Feb 11 2020
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Senate

Examines the global health and policy responses to the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. 

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Feb 4 2020
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Supports chemical screening capabilities for narcotics at ports of entry and creates a centralized spectral database to aid in the chemical detection of such substances.

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Feb 4 2020
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Senate

Bans sharing US intelligence with countries allowing Huawei’s 5G technology within their borders.

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Jan 21 2020
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House of Representatives

Requires the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to personally justify the decision to approve an opioid medication for marketing, if it goes against the relevant FDA Advisory Committee’s recommendation.

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Jan 16 2020
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House of Representatives

Establishes a grant program to support the expansion and improvement of substance abuse prevention, chronic pain management, and addiction treatment education in medical schools and health-related professional schools.

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Jan 16 2020
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House of Representatives

Creates a public education campaign to raise awareness about synthetic opioids.

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Jan 16 2020
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Calls for the formation of an interagency working group to strengthen the representation and leadership of the US at International Standard Setting Bodies for 5G technology.

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Jan 9 2020
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House of Representatives

Bans sharing US intelligence with countries allowing Huawei’s 5G technology within their borders.

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Jan 8 2020
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Senate

Establishes guidelines for federal agencies’ regulatory and non-regulatory action over certain artificial intelligence applications used by non-federal entities.

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Mar 13 2020
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Jan 7 2020
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Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Summarizes two recent government actions to limit teen access to tobacco products.

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Jan 7 2020
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Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Defines the word “entity” as used in cybersecurity and infrastructure security law and requires federal coordination with those entities on cybersecurity measures.

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Jan 3 2020
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House of Representatives

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Examines the global health and policy responses to the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. 

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Feb 4 2020
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Establishes guidelines for federal agencies’ regulatory and non-regulatory action over certain artificial intelligence applications used by non-federal entities.

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Mar 13 2020
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Jan 7 2020
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Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Transfers the ability to exempt detained undocumented immigrants from DNA-sample collection based on resource and operational limitations from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Justice.

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Nov 19 2019
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Jan 2 2020
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Department of Justice (DOJ)

Adds fines and enforcement mechanisms against unauthenticated robocalls, requires voice service providers to authenticate calls originating from phone lines or from the internet, and increases protections for voice service subscribers from receiving unwanted calls or text messages from unauthenticated numbers.

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Dec 30 2019
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Senate

Prohibits certain government funds from being used to subsidize telecommunications equipment that poses a national security risk and offers federal funding to reimburse the removal or replacement of such telecommunications equipment.

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Dec 16 2019
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House of Representatives

Defines the word “entity” as used in cybersecurity and infrastructure security law, requires the provision of grants to those entities for cybersecurity and infrastructure security activities, and requires federal coordination with those entities on cybersecurity measures.

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Nov 21 2019
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Senate

Requires law enforcement agents to obtain a court order in order to use facial recognition technology in public spaces to surveil individuals for more than three days.

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Nov 14 2019
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Senate

Begins the process of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, which will take effect one year from delivery of the notification (i.e. Nov. 4, 2020).

 

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Nov 6 2019
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Nov 4 2019
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Department of State (DOS)

Lays out plan for Democratic legislation encouraging the replacement of gas-powered cars with electric cars, that will be introduced if the Democrats gain a majority in the Senate in November 2020 elections

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Nov 3 2020
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Oct 24 2019
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Senate

Recommends that NHTSA and EPA conduct an interim evaluation of CAFE standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in 2021-2022 to ensure and improve their effectiveness and value, which would address vehicle technologies, fuel mix, efficiency of the freight system, and future regulatory frameworks.

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Oct 4 2019
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Oct 4 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Proposes framework for capping CO2 emissions from the combustion of the fossil component of finished motor gasoline and on-road diesel fuel in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. 

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Nov 30 2019
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Oct 1 2019
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Transportation Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States

Revokes California's authority to impose stricter GHG emissions standards on cars and light duty trucks than those imposed by the federal government. 

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Sep 27 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Establishes guidelines for federal agencies’ regulatory and non-regulatory action over certain artificial intelligence applications used by non-federal entities.

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Mar 13 2020
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Jan 7 2020
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Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)