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Short Summaries of National Academies’ Studies Within Public Laws by Congressional Session

The following is a list of congressionally requested National Academies’ studies summarized from the legislative language. For the actual language, click on the title of the Public Law.

Select Congress/Session: 113-2 | 113-1 | 112-2 | 112-1 | 111-2 | 111-1 | 110-2 | 110-1 | 109-2 | 109-1 | 108-2 | 108-1 | 107-2 | 107-1 | 106-2 | 106-1 | 105-2 | 105-1
Public Law 112- 95 - FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011
  • Review the enterprise architecture for the NextGen
  • Study the assumptions and methods used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to estimate staffing needs for FAA systems specialists to ensure proper maintenance and certification of the national airspace system (completed)
  • Study the standards used by the FAA to estimate staffing needs for FAA air traffic controllers to ensure the safe operation of the national airspace system in the most cost effective manner (completed)
  • Review the research plan developed by the FAA Administrator on the methods and procedures to improve both confidence in and the timeliness of certification of new technologies for their introduction into the national airspace system
  • Conduct a study, under the Airport Cooperative Research Program, on airport sustainability practices
Public Law 112-141 - Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)
  • Review a report which assesses the status of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure dedicated short-range communications technology and applications, analyzes the known and potential gaps, and defines a recommended implementation path
  • Conduct a study exploring methods for understanding graduated risk behind levees and the associated land development, insurance, and risk communication dimensions
  • In consultation with the Comptroller General of the United States, conduct an economic analysis of the costs and benefits to the federal government of a flood insurance program with full risk-based premiums, combined with means-tested federal assistance to aid individuals who cannot afford coverage, through an insurance voucher program
  • Upon issuance of the rule establishing the Consumer Option for an Alternative System to Allocate Losses (COASTAL) Formula and each time it is modified, evaluate the expected financial impact on the national flood insurance program of the use of the formula, the validity of the scientific assumptions upon which it is based, and whether the formula can achieve a degree of accuracy of not less than 90 percent in allocating flood losses for indeterminate losses
Public Law 112-239 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
  • Review the specialized degree-granting graduate programs of the Department of Defense in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and management (complete)
  • Assess and provide an analysis and recommendations on the state of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ mental health services, including the Department’s development and implementation of measures to assess its mental health care services and its staffing guidelines
  • Conduct a study of peer review and design competition related to nuclear weapons
  • Conduct a study of the state of molybdenum-99 production and utilization