Researching Members of Congress
The govtrack.us site allows you to search on your address to find your members of Congress and their contact information, but there is a lot more there. Each member's page has committee assignments, voting records, bills sponsored, and an estimate of the member's ideology and leadership relative to his/her peers. The pages also link to records on the same member from other websites, their Twitter handle, etc., which can be similarly useful. Please note that the "ideology" score is based largely on whether the member of Congress supports legislation that is bipartisan. The more bipartisan their record of support, the closer to the middle the member's ideology score will be.
Relevant Committees' Websites
- House CJS Subcommittee (membership)
- House E&W Subcommittee (membership)
- Senate CJS Subcommittee (membership is on main page)
- Senate E&W Subcommittee (membership is on main page)
- House Science, Space and Technology (membership)
- House Education and the Workforce (membership)
- Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Science and Space Subcommittee (membership on main page)
- Senate Energy & Natural Resources (membership)
- Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (membership on bottom of main page)
Advocacy Advice and Resources
- Bill Press Presidential address on "What's So Special About Science?" – Discusses the idea the innovation, spurred by investment in basic research is the key to our economy's exponential growth
- "Policy: The art of science advice to government" by Peter Gluckman (Nature)
- Advice from AGU on interacting with media and policymakers
- NASA Spinoffs – NASA's curated list of research and tech related to its mission that has led to advances in other fields. As we said, beware overemphasizing spinoffs; also note this volume is not universally well respected.
- Congress.gov – the official website for US federal legislative information
- Congressional Budget Office (CBO) – Provides nonpartisan analysis of economic policy for Congress
- Government Accountability Office (GAO) – Oversees government policies and actions and produces reports
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Left-leaning think tank provides analysis of budget related policies
Researching the Executive Branch
- White House Presidential Actions - Information from the White House about Presidential Memos and Executive Orders.
- AAAS Force for Science - AAAS will be following the first 100 days of this new administration/Congress.
Astronomical Science Policy
- Astronomy Policy Ecosystem – The funders, advisors, and policymakers in the astronomical sciences
- AAS Policy Blog – Budget and policy analysis with a focus on astronomical sciences
Science Policy Reporting
- AIP FYI
- AAAS R&D Budget coverage
- Any of the societies' public policy pages below will have good coverage of issues relevant to them, viewed through more of an advocacy lens (as is appropriate).
Other Societies' Public Policy Pages
- AAAS – American Association for the Advancement of Science Science and Policy Programs
- AAU – American Association of Universities
- ACS – American Chemical Society
- AIP – American Institute of Physics
- AGU – American Geophysical Union
- AMS – American Mathematical Society
- APS – American Physical Society
- ESA – Ecological Society of America