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The Resources, Science and Industry Division focuses on issues and policy developments concerning the nation's natural resources and environmental management, scientific advances and technology applications, and industry and infrastructure. Resources work includes public lands and other natural resources issues; environment; agriculture, food and fisheries; and energy and minerals. Science coverage includes civilian and military research and development issues, information and telecommunications, space, earth sciences and general science and technology. Support on industry and infrastructure issues includes transportation, public works and critical infrastructure; industrial market structure and regulation, and sector-specific industry analysis.

The Resources, Science and Industry Division is subdivided into six research sections, each led by a section research manager:

  • Agriculture and Food Supply — coverage includes
    • farm commodity support programs
    • agricultural trade and international food aid
    • farm credit and disaster assistance
    • conservation
    • food marketing and regulation
    • rural development
  • Energy and Minerals — coverage includes
    • conventional energy supply, prices and security
    • energy efficiency and conservation
    • renewable and alternative energy
    • emerging energy technology
    • environmental effects of energy production and consumption
    • energy infrastructure, taxation and regulation
    • mineral production and use
  • Environmental Policy — coverage includes
    • air quality standards and regulations
    • water quality (drinking water standards and waste water treatment)
    • chemical safety and toxic substances
    • hazardous waste clean-up and disposal (Superfund)
    • climate change and other international environmental issues
    • environmental justice
  • Natural Resources and Earth Sciences — coverage includes
    • water resources policy (dams, levees, canals)
    • public lands and natural resource management (national forests, national parks and monuments)
    • fisheries, marine life, marine sanctuaries
    • wildlife and ecosystems (endangered species, invasive species)
    • natural hazards (earthquakes; floods; hurricanes; and extreme weather, drought, wildfires)
    • climate change impacts and mitigation technologies
  • Science and Technology Policy — coverage includes
    • national research and development funding priorities and the role of the federal government
    • space exploration
    • homeland security research and development initiatives and support of the U.S. critical infrastructure
    • telecommunications policy and regulatory reform
    • Internet and its impact on privacy, security and electronic government
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education
  • Transportation and Industry Analysis — coverage includes
    • federal transportation policies, budgets, and programs, including highway, transit, maritime and aviation and airport programs
    • transportation security, safety and research and development programs
    • structure and market dynamics of the aerospace, rail, trucking and maritime industries, and passenger and commuter rail
    • industrial organization issues (competition policy, industry market behavior, mergers and acquisitions, sector-specific analysis and trade-related impacts on domestic capacity
    • impact of public policies on functioning of markets

Last Updated: 02/12/2013