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At A Glance

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 113- 76 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014
  • Evaluate, possibly on a periodic basis, the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) distribution system and make recommendations to improve it, including consideration of private-public collaborations to increase efficiencies
  • Upon completion of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) analysis, review the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) ocean and coastal data collection systems to determine which systems should be maintained, which need sustained investment, and which should be retired
  • Evaluate the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) program and whether it has brought measurable improvements in the health of fish, wildlife, and their habitats
  • Conduct a study on the impact of Federal regulations and reporting requirements on institutions of higher education (See P.L. 110-315)
  • 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


Public Law 113-121 - Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014
  • Study and make recommendations relating to infrastructure and coastal restoration options for reducing risk to human life and property from extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, coastal storms, and inland flooding