United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
2011-2012 (112th Congress)
Space and Aeronautics
Jurisdiction: all matters relating to astronautical and aeronautical research and development including: national space policy, including access to space; sub-orbital access and applications; National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its contractor and government-operated labs; space commercialization, including the commercial space activities relating to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce; exploration and use of outer space; international space cooperation; the National Space Council; space applications, space communications and related matters; earth remote sensing policy; civil aviation research, development, and demonstration; research, development, and demonstration programs of the Federal Aviation Administration; and space law.
- 112th Congress Chair: Steven Palazzo (MS-4)
Energy and Environment
Jurisdiction: all matters relating to energy research, development, and demonstration and projects therefor, commercial application of energy technology, and environmental research, including: Department of Energy research, development, and demonstration programs; Department of Energy laboratories; Department of Energy science activities; energy supply activities; nuclear, solar and renewable energy, and other advanced energy technologies; uranium supply and enrichment, and Department of Energy waste management and environment, safety, and health activities as appropriate; fossil energy research and development; clean coal technology; energy conservation research and development; energy aspects of climate change; pipeline research, development, and demonstration projects; energy and environmental standards; energy conservation, including building performance, alternate fuels for and improved efficiency of vehicles, distributed power systems, and industrial process improvements; Environmental Protection Agency research and development programs; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including all activities related to weather, weather services, climate, the atmosphere, marine fisheries, and oceanic research; risk assessment activities; and scientific issues related to environmental policy, including climate change.
- 112th Congress Chair: Andy Harris (MD-1)
Research and Science Education
Jurisdiction: all matters relating to science policy and science education including: the Office of Science and Technology Policy; all scientific research, and scientific and engineering resources (including human resources), science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education; intergovernmental mechanisms for research, development, and demonstration and cross-cutting programs; international scientific cooperation; National Science Foundation, including earthquake programs; university research policy, including infrastructure and overhead; university research partnerships, including those with industry; science scholarships; computing, communications, networking, and information technology; research and development relating to health, biomedical, and nutritional programs; research, development, and demonstration relating to nanoscience, nanoengineering, and nanotechnology; to the extent appropriate, agricultural, geological, biological and life sciences research; and materials research, development, and demonstration and policy.
- 112th Congress Chair: Mo Brooks (AL-5)
Technology and Innovation
Jurisdiction: all matters relating to competitiveness, technology, standards, and innovation, including: standardization of weights and measures including technical standards, standardization, and conformity assessment; measurement, including the metric system of measurement; the Technology Administration of the Department of Commerce; the National Institute of Standards and Technology; the National Technical Information Service; competitiveness, including small business competitiveness; tax, antitrust, regulatory and other legal and governmental policies as they relate to technological development and commercialization; technology transfer including civilian use of defense technologies; patent and intellectual property policy; international technology trade; research, development, and demonstration activities of the Department of Transportation; surface and water transportation research, development, and demonstration programs; earthquake programs (except for NSF) and fire research programs including those related to wildfire proliferation research and prevention; biotechnology policy; research, development, demonstration, and standards related activities of the Department of Homeland Security; Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer; and voting technologies and standards.
- 112th Congress Chair: Ben Quayle (AZ-3)
Investigations and Oversight
Jurisdiction: all matters within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
- 112th Congress Chair: Paul Broun (GA-10)
According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee includes the following:
- all energy research, development, and demonstration, and projects therefor
- all federally owned or operated non-military energy laboratories
- astronautical research and development, including resources, personnel, equipment, and facilities
- civil aviation research and development
- environmental research and development
- marine research
- commercial application of energy technology
- National Institute of Standards and Technology, standardization of weights and measures and the metric system
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- National Science Foundation
- National Weather Service
- outer space, including exploration and control thereof
- science scholarships
- scientific research, development, and demonstration, and projects therefor
- shall review and study on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities relating to non-military research and development.
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