One of the public service goals of ASME is to "provide advice to government officials at all levels on engineering and technology matters and policies affecting the public interest, and to develop a climate of understanding and credibility that fosters a continuing dialogue."

Very few of the 535 Members of Congress have engineering or scientific backgrounds. Given that they are called upon nearly every day to make decisions that affect scientific and engineering practice, it is only natural that they require the expertise of those experienced in technical fields.

ASME Government Relations represents and advocates for the engineering profession by facilitating and initiating various programs and activities. ASME members at all stages of their careers have an opportunity to help "engineer the greater good" by applying their engineering expertise and pragmatic problem-solving approach to the development of sound public policy.

Public Policy Issues

Every two years at the start of a new Congress, ASME issues it's Public Policy Agenda, a compendium of federal issue priorities developed through a survey of our membership, providing policymakers with the basics of ASME's issue concerns. The Public Policy Agenda is a very important tool for the Society's government relations programs as it literally guides ASME's issue activities and programs at the federal levels. Review ASME's 2013-2014 Public Policy Agenda.

ASME's 2013-2014 Public Policy Agenda Federal Issues:

Areas of Involvement

Washington Policy Updates
Government Relations interacts closely with various members from ASME's Sectors, Groups, Divisions, Committees and Task Forces on all of ASME's policy priorities to keep them apprised of new developments in the policy arena and to provide opportunities for them to offer their technical expertise. Reports are listed on the issue webpages listed above.

Capitol Update
ASME Capitol Update is a weekly electronic newsletter focused on legislative and regulatory news of interest to the engineering community. It is a free service to ASME members, providing valuable insight on the latest public policy developments from Capitol Hill highlighting issues related to ASME's federal public policy agenda priority issues.

Position Statements
Position statements are effective for communicating the independent views of various segments of the Society—or the Society as a whole—to policymakers who are confronted with decisions on a wide variety of technical issues. Government Relations must work closely with ASME Sector units on the development of position statements.

Legislative Action Center: Action Alerts
Get involved! Send a letter to Congress by using the tools available on ASME's Legislative Action Center. Find out who your Member of Congress is, check election results and learn about Congress today.

Congressional Briefings
A key element of ASME's public policy activities is convening congressional briefings to inform Members of Congress and their staff about engineering and technology aspects of current public policy issues and to increase awareness among Congressional staff of ASME as a credible source of technical information.

Washington Visitation & Congressional District “Public Policy Forums"
Government Relations convenes Congressional District “Public Policy Forums” providing another means through which ASME members are able to engage their Members of Congress in one-on-one discussions on the top six public policy issues ASME members identify biennially in the Public Policy Agenda. District Policy Forums are not convened during an election year.

ASME Federal Government Fellowship Program
The ASME Federal Fellows Program provides opportunities for selected, qualified ASME members to provide technical expertise to policymakers by spending one year in Washington, DC serving in the office of a U.S. Senator or Representative, on a Congressional Committee, or with a federal agency, or in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. ASME will be accepting applications for the 2014-2015 ASME Federal Government Fellowship Program from September 15, 2013 through January 31, 2014. Visit https://www.asme.org/about-asme/participate/advocacy-government-relations/federal-fellows-program for additional information.

Washington Internships for Students of Engineering
ASME is now accepting applications for its 2014 WISE intern through December 31, 2013.
Ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the top ten internships in the nation,the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program offers a unique opportunity for third- or fourth-year engineering students to spend a summer in Washington, D.C., examining public policy issues of interest to the engineering community and, through meetings and discussions with prominent policy makers, preparing research papers for publication.