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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the Committee do?
  2. When was the Committee established?
  3. Does the Committee offer internships?
  4. Where can I find information on Committee legislation?
  5. Where can I find official hearing records?
  6. How can I watch a Committee hearing?
  7. How can I contact the Committee?
1)  What does the Committee do?

The Science, Space, and Technology Committee has jurisdiction over all non-defense federal scientific research and development (R&D). Federal agencies that fall under the Committee's jurisdiction (either completely or partially) include: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Fire Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey.

The Science, Space, and Technology Committee is responsible for overseeing research and development programs at all of the above agencies. In doing so, the Committee monitors these programs to ensure that Federal tax dollars are being spent wisely and efficiently and that America's Federal science and technology enterprise maintains its world preeminence.

Additionally, the Committee also tackles some of today's toughest issues and proposes ways in which research and development can solve some of our nation's most pressing problems.

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3)  When was the Committee established?

The Science Committee was established in the wake of the Russian launch of Sputnik in 1957 and in the beginning the Committee was primarily focused on space exploration. In 1959, the Committee became the first new permanent committee established in the House since 1892. Over the years, the Committee's jurisdiction grew from just space issues to include all non-defense federal scientific research and development.

To find a complete version of the Committee's history click here.

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4)  Does the Committee offer internships?

The Science, Space, and Technology Committee offers internships year-round. There is no application deadline for these internships and the schedule is flexible. To submit an application, , please mail a cover letter and your résumé to: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology c/o Internship Program 2321 Rayburn House Office Building Washington DC, 20515 .

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5)  Where can I find information on Committee legislation?

You can find bill summaries, bill co-sponsors and legislative action at the Library of Congress' website "Thomas - Legislative Information on the Internet." http://thomas.loc.gov/

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6)  Where can I find official hearing records?

The Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing records are generally compiled 2-3 months following the hearing. The official record includes a transcript of the hearing, additional materials and any post-hearing questions submitted by Members. Hearing records are available online or at your local Library of Congress Federal Depository.

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7)  How can I watch a Committee hearing?

Unless otherwise specified, all Committee hearings are open to the public. Seating is on a first come - first served basis and some hearings fill up quickly.

Additionally the Committee broadcasts all its hearings live on the internet. The broadcast generally begin a few minutes before each hearing's scheduled time and can be accessed by a link on the home page. Archived broadcasts of past hearings can also be found on the hearing or markup page of the website.

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8)  How can I contact the Committee?

2321 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6371 - phone
(202) 226-0113 - fax

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