November 3, 2017
Capitol Update

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ASME Government Relations recently hosted an exciting new webinar about what it is like to be an ASME Federal Government Fellow in Congress, featuring two Fellows—one in the U. S. Senate and another in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fellows provided valuable personal insights on their experiences working on Capitol Hill, including the expectations associated with managing a broad range of diverse issues, writing legislation, preparing floor remarks for their Member of Congress and meeting with constituents.

The moderator of the webinar was Lester Su, Ph.D., who is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University and the Chair of the ASME Committee on Government Relations. Guest speakers included Said Jahanmir, Ph.D., who is currently serving as a 2015-2017 ASME Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives for the Honorable Tim Ryan (D-OH), Co-Chair of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus and Michael Martin, Ph.D., who recently completed serving as a 2016-2017 ASME Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate for the Honorable Jack Reed, who is a Co-chair of the Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus.

ASME is currently accepting applications for our 2018–2019 ASME Congressional Fellowships as noted at We are seeking applications from qualified candidates with strong backgrounds in “Energy” and “Bioengineering.” Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2018. 

To listen to the webinar just visit the on demand link below:

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Earlier this year, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO 13783) requiring the heads of agencies to review existing regulations, orders, guidance documents, and other agency actions that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) goal for the review was to identify existing rules that are obsolete or unnecessary, specifically with respect to fossil fuel and US resource extraction issues. 

Energy Secretary Rick Perry indicated DOE’s findings will result in several agency follow-on actions, “From our review, we have identified several hurdles to domestic energy development and use, and offered recommendations to eliminate those burdens. These recommendations are to: 1) streamline natural gas exports; 2) review national laboratory policies; 3) review National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations; and 4) review the DOE Appliance Standards Program.  I look forward to the President’s review of our recommendations, and to freeing the energy sector from unnecessary regulatory burdens.”

The report details DOE’s planned follow-on actions to expedite LNG export applications, encourage technology transfer, reform and expedite the NEPA process, and work to streamline DOE’s rulemaking actions around the Appliance Standards Program. 

For the Department of Energy’s Final Report on Regulatory Review under Executive Order 13783, visit:


Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee, recently held a hearing on energy storage technologies, exploring the benefits that storage technologies can offer to the grid, such as increased reliability and resilience – factors that have been stressed by recent natural disasters across the U.S.

The first witness Dr. Vincent Sprenkle, who manages the Electrochemical Materials and Systems Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) testified on the technology breakthroughs achieved through PNNL’s work on grid energy storage and technology transfer to the private sector, the energy storage materials research being done for electric vehicles and upcoming research and development (R&D) directions for energy storage. He also testified that sustained fundamental science and applied research is necessary to develop the next generation of high-performance energy storage technologies and that advanced manufacturing and prototyping can accelerate the commercialization technologies. Improved manufacturing R&D is required with a special focus on the applied sciences to prototype and test these new systems at small-scale under real-world grid operating conditions.

A second witness Praveen Kathpal, Vice President of Global Market Development of AES Energy Storage, testified on the policy drivers to accelerate energy storage adoption by lowering barriers to entry and fostering competition between energy storage and conventional solutions to meet electricity system needs.  He said that our electric power system is lagging behind in terms of efficiency, reliability and flexibility. According to an IHS Markit study, four critical networks - data, travel, perishable goods and natural gas - each had at least four days’ worth of demand, but our electric network has only 20 minutes.

The witnesses also discussed hurdles to widespread deployment that need to be overcome, in particular, limited market and regulatory structures that fail to value the benefits of storage in a given utility’s framework.

For an archived webcast of the hearing and full witness testimony, visit:


If there are any 3D printed parts on an airplane today, they are certainly not mission-critical parts. However, as additive manufacturing technology continues to rapidly develop, the likelihood that we will see 3D printed parts in our aircrafts is becoming more and more likely.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has by now long recognized the 3D printing trend for aerospace manufacturers. Big players are also investing more heavily in these technologies that have the potential to reduce costs and time-to-market for particular airplane parts, and the FAA has become ever more aware of its role to regulate these new components and processes.

The FAA recently began reviewing a draft “Additive Manufacturing Strategic Roadmap” for the rapid adoption of additive manufacturing within the aerospace industry. The document provides guidance on how the FAA should regulate and verify 3D printed aerospace parts over the next eight years. The roadmap, which has not yet been approved by the FAA, received input from other agencies including NASA, the Army, and the Navy when developing the report.

The document recommends steps the agency will need to take in the next seven to eight years to address additive manufacturing from a regulatory standpoint, including certification policies, manufacturing policies and maintenance policies. The plan will also address the need for additional research and development as well as workforce education and training.

As the technology continues to rapidly advance, the FAA is aware that in developing this roadmap, it must be able to remain up-to-date with current technology trends. There is no date yet for the release of the final report.

To read more, visit Space News:


The Trump Administration recently announced its intent to nominate Michael Griffin to be the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L). It is expected that as AT&L is divided into two organizations per recent Congressional action, Griffin will serve as the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (R&E). This position will oversee the entire DOD research portfolio.
The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on Thursday, November 2nd for several nominees including Mark Esper to be Secretary of the Army and Guy Roberts to be the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, chemical and Biological Defense Programs. Additional hearing information can be found at:

Also this week, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing to review four of President Trump’s nominations, including Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to be NASA Administrator and Panasonic Avionics Chief Atmospheric Scientist Neil Jacobs to the position that oversees environmental prediction and observations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers, the nominee for NOAA administrator, who has stirred controversy over potential conflicts of interest, is not on the schedule.

While Jacobs’ nomination has not faced public opposition to date, Bridenstine’s nomination has been criticized by a handful of U.S. Senators. Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have said that the head of NASA should not be a politician and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) announced last week that she will oppose Bridenstine’s nomination in part for his past statements at odds with the scientific consensus on climate change. 

For more information on Senate Commerce nominees, visit:


Recently, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report entitled National Occupational Research Agenda: Second Decade in Review, 2006-2016.  The report outlines the progress made in addressing safety and health research needs over the second decade of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). NORA is a partnership program designed to encourage innovative research and improved workplace practices. 

Included in the report are methods to promote the adoption of approaches to reduce adverse effects of exposures to materials with a length scale below 100 nanometers. For example, NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limits (REL) for carbon nanotubes and has assisted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with information to develop regulations to protect workers who handle engineered nanomaterials in areas such as requirements for protective nanoresistant clothing for workers and has supported researchers pioneering studies that will promote increased health and safety especially as the industry grows.

The report is available for download:

Visit the ASME Public Policy Education Center at for daily news and policy developments, including the following:

Manufacturing in a Minute! What is Additive Manufacturing?

Futuristic Robots Are Lending Their Hands in Gap’s Warehouse

Navigating the Manufacturing Process and Ensuring the Quality of Regenerative Medicine Therapies

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