On 10 April 2014, the NSC Alliance director of public policy Dr. Robert Gropp was a witness on a panel testifying before the House Subcommittee on Interior and Environment Appropriations.  He testified in his capacity as Chairman of the USGS Coalition, an alliance of organizations united by a commitment to the continued vitality of the United States Geological Survey.  The NSC Alliance is a member of the coalition.  He offered testimony in support of fiscal year 2015 funding for the United States Geological Survey.