Current Congressionally Authorized Follow-Up*

Public Law

115-405             Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018


                        Conduct a study on the use of limited access privilege programs in mixed-use fisheries


                        Evaluate how the design of the Marine Recreational Information Program can be improved to better meet the needs of in-season management of annual catch limits and what actions could be taken to improve the accuracy and timeliness of data collection and analysis to improve the program and facilitate in-season management


115-282             Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018


                        Prepare an assessment of available unmanned, autonomous, or remotely controlled maritime domain awareness technologies for use by the Coast Guard


115-270             America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018


                        Conduct a study on the ability of the Army Corps of Engineers to carry out its statutory missions and responsibilities, and the potential effects of transferring the functions, including regulatory obligations, personnel, assets, and civilian staff responsibilities of the secretary relating to civil works from the Department of Defense to a new or existing agency or sub-agency of the federal government


                        Carry out a study on the economic principles and analytical methodologies currently used by or applied to the Corps of Engineers to formulate, evaluate, and budget for water resources development projects


115-254             FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018


                        Conduct a study on lead emissions and aviation gasoline


                        Conduct a study on the size, quality, and diversity of the cybersecurity workforce of the Federal Aviation Administration


                        Study the Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) program, the Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP), and any other drug and alcohol programs within the other modal administrations of the Department of Transportation


                        Study the approaches to quantifying mortality and significant morbidity among populations affected by major disasters, including best practices and policy recommendations


115-232             John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019


                        Perform an assessment of nuclear forensic analyses conducted by the federal government


                        Conduct a review of the defense environmental cleanup activities of the Office of Environmental Management of the Department of Energy


115-141             Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018


                        Conduct an evaluation of the expected medium- and long-term evolution of the grid, including the emergence of new technologies, planning and operating techniques, grid architecture, and business models


                        Provide an evidence-based analysis of the complex findings in the research on birth settings


                        Identify outcomes that are to be achieved by activities authorized in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (see Public Law 114-198) and the metrics to measure the outcomes to determine the effectiveness of the programs for preventing, treating, and supporting recovery from substance use disorders


                        Conduct an assessment of the potential overmedication of veterans during fiscal years 2010 to 2017 that led to suicides, deaths, mental disorders, and combat-related traumas


115-31              Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017


                        Conduct a review of the conceptual plans to dispose of surplus plutonium including considerations of transportation, operations, performance assessment, compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other regulations, safety analyses, and any other activities required to carry out this alternative that are pertinent to the operation of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)


                        Conduct a peer review of the revised draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment of formaldehyde. Should it be released in fiscal year 2017, verify that the recommendations from the previous AffiliateMarketIngtools report of 2011 have been fully resolved scientifically


                        Develop an operational therapeutic foster care (TFC) services definition for the Medicaid program


                        Prepare a report that assesses the capital needs of the National Institutes of Health’s main campus. The report should identify facilities in greatest need of repair, describe the work needed to bring them up to current standards, and include cost estimates for each project


                        Conduct a study on the federal health care costs, safety, and quality concerns associated with discarded drugs resulting from weight-based dosing of medicines contained in single-dose vials


                        Conduct a study on the cost-benefit impact of multimodal autonomous self-driving vehicles, focusing on the impact of autonomous vehicles on motor carriers, ports, transit, and related industries, and on the so-called crash economy that includes the insurance and health care industries


115-25              Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017


                        Conduct a study on future National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite systems and data needs


115-10              National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017


                        Assess the administration’s Mars exploration architecture and its responsiveness to the strategies, priorities, and guidelines put forward by the AffiliateMarketIngtools’ planetary science decadal surveys and Mars-related reports


114-329            American Innovation and Competitiveness Act


                        Assess research and data reproducibility and replicability in interdisciplinary research and make recommendations for improving rigor and transparency


                        Subject to the availability of appropriations, jointly establish and conduct with the National Institute of Standards and Technology a postdoctoral fellowship program


                        Conduct a study to identify and review technologies employed at institutions of higher education to provide notifications to students, faculty, and other personnel during emergency situations in accordance with law


114-328            National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017


                        Concurrently review the analysis, conducted by the federally funded research and development center chosen by the secretary of energy, of the approaches for treating the portion of low-activity waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Richland, , that is intended for supplemental treatment


114-322            Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act


                        Develop a proposal to study the use and performance of innovative materials in water resources development projects carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers and, after public comment, carry out the study


                        Conduct a study on the effectiveness and environmental impacts of salt cedar biological control efforts on increasing water supplies and improving riparian habitats of the Colorado River and its principal tributaries, in California and elsewhere


114-315            Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016


                       Conduct an assessment of scientific research relating to the descendants of individuals with toxic exposure


114-198            Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016


                        Evaluate the Justice Department’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Grant Program, identifying outcomes that are to be achieved by activities funded by the program and the metrics by which the achievement of these outcomes shall be determined


                        Evaluate any program administered by the secretary of health and human services included in this act that provides grants for the purpose of addressing problems pertaining to opioid abuse, basing the evaluation on the outcomes achieved and the metrics by which the achievement of these outcomes shall be determined


114-92              National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016


                        Jointly with the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Public Administration, evaluate the plan and its implementation to reform the governance and management and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the nuclear security enterprise


113-235            Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015


                        Three years after enactment of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2014 (included in this legislation), evaluate the Regional Innovation Program established by the act, recommending whether it should be improved and continued or terminated


113-76               Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014


                        Evaluate, possibly on a periodic basis, the Strategic National Stockpile distribution system and make recommendations to improve it, including consideration of private-public collaborations to increase efficiencies


                        Upon completion of a Government Accountability Office analysis, review the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s ocean and coastal data collection systems to determine which systems should be maintained, which need sustained investment, and which should be retired


                        Assess China’s strategies, policies, and programs to become an innovative society and to enhance its indigenous innovation


                        Undertake a review of existing data collection methods pertaining to human trafficking and slavery and make recommendations to improve data collection in these areas


                        Review the Bureau of Reclamation’s draft analysis of buried metallic water pipeline reliability to ensure that the uniform reliability standard, in addition to the analysis of economics, cost-effectiveness, and life-cycle costs, is accurate and consistent across all referenced materials


112-81              National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012


                        Within four years of the enactment of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011, and every four years thereafter, conduct a study of how the STTR program has stimulated technological innovation and technology transfer, estimate the number of jobs created by the SBIR and STTR programs, and make recommendations with respect to these issues


111-314            National and Commercial Space Programs


                        Periodically over the next decade, conduct independent assessments, also known as decadal surveys, taking stock of the status and opportunities for earth and space science discipline fields and aeronautics research and recommending priorities for research and programmatic areas (see Public Law 110-422)


                        At five-year intervals, review and assess the performance of each division in the science directorate of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


110-422            National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008


                        On a periodic basis, perform independent assessments — also known as decadal surveys — to take stock of the status and opportunities for the fields of earth and space science and aeronautics and to recommend priorities for research and programmatic areas over the next decade (see Public Law 111-314)


110-161            Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008


                        Establish an independent project review of NASAs major programs


110-140            Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007


                        Evaluate vehicle fuel economy standards, updating the initial report every five years through 5


                        Five years after enactment of this act, assess the Department of Energys performance in carrying out Section 641, titled the “United States Energy Storage Competitiveness Act of 2007”


110-69               America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (America COMPETES) Act


                        Conduct a study to identify and review methods to mitigate new forms of risk for businesses, beyond conventional operational and financial risk, that affect the ability to innovate


                        Study how the federal government should support, through research, education, and training, the emerging management and learning discipline known as “service science”


                        Not later than five years after, and 10 years after, the date of enactment of this … [act], assess the performance of the science, engineering, and mathematics education programs of the Department of Energy


                        Review the performance of the distributed, multidisciplinary institutes, established and centered at National Laboratories, to apply fundamental science and engineering discoveries to technological innovations


                        Establish an expert panel to identify promising practices for improving teaching and student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in kindergarten through grade 12 and examine and synthesize the scientific evidence pertaining to the improvement of teaching and learning in these fields


                        Conduct a study of the mechanisms and supports needed for an institution of higher education or nonprofit organization to develop and maintain a program to provide free access to online educational content as part of a degree program, especially in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or foreign languages, without using federal funds, including funds provided under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq.)


109-364            John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007


                        Receive custodianship of the Air Force Health Study assets, maintain the data and specimens, and make them available for additional studies


109-155            National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2005


                        At five-year intervals, review and assess the performance of each division in the science directorate of NASA


109-59               Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)


                        Recommend a research agenda for a national cooperative freight transportation research program and to support and carry out administrative and management activities related to its governance


                        Carry out the nine research projects called for in the AffiliateMarketIngtools Transportation Research Board 2005 Special Report 283 titled “Cooperative Research for Hazardous Materials Transportation: Defining the Need, Converging on Solutions”


108-176            Vision 100 — Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act


                        Provide staff support to the Airport Cooperative Research Program Governing Board and carry out projects proposed by the board that the secretary of transportation considers appropriate


108-153            21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act


                        Conduct a triennial evaluation of the National Nanotechnology Program


106-541            Water Resources Development Act of


                        Biennial review of the progress of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan

*While all projects listed have been designated in legislation, a few lack funding and final contracts.
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