On April 24, 1997, Dr. George Lee, Director of NCEER, was invited to testify before the Science Subcommittee on Basic Research of the House of Representatives as part of the NEHRP reauthorization hearings. Created in 1977, NEHRP is a unique research program administered by four federal agencies: the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. FEMA is the lead agency. The purpose of the hearings was to provide insight and information on the role of the federal government in dealing with earthquakes and other natural disasters and to discuss the strategy used by the various agencies to implement research results. Complete transcripts of the NEHRP re-authorization testimony are available here.
Others invited to testify included
- Mr. Richard Krimm, Executive Associate Director of the Mitigation Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Dr. Patrick Leahy, Chief Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey
- Dr. Elbert Marsh, Acting Assistant Director of Engineering, National Science Foundation
- Dr. Robert Hebner, Acting Director, National Institute for Standards and Technology
- Dr. David Simpson, President, the IRIS Corp.
- Dr. Kerry Sieh, Professor of Geology, Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
- Dr. Joanne Nigg, President, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
- Dr. Daniel Abrams, the NEHRP Coalition.
Similar presentations were also made before the Senate's Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space on April 10, 1997.
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