President Bush Nominates PCAST Co-Chair; Discusses S&T,
been much speculation in Washington about the approach that President
George Bush will take to science and technology. A meeting yesterday at
the White House with 150 high technology executives provided the President
with the opportunity to name one of the co-chairmen of the President's
Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST), and to discuss
S&T, the FY 2002 budget, education, and the R&D tax credit.
named Floyd Kvamme to be a co-chairman of PCAST. Kvamme is a venture
capitalist who established a 400- member High-Tech Council that advised
Bush on technology issues during the presidential campaign. PCAST, first
established in 1990, consists of well-known individuals from the private
and academic communities offering advice to the president. The other
co-chair of PCAST will be the yet unnamed OSTP director. House Science
Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) said that he was "very pleased"
with the selection of Kvamme, adding, "The scientific community will
no doubt benefit from his impressive background in technology issues
and close relationship with the President."
President Bush's remarks follow:
ON THE FUTURE OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY:
want you all to know that this administration has great confidence
in the future of our technology industry" ". . . the accomplishments
of the industry are rock-solid. The future is incredibly bright."
ON THE OVERALL FY 2002 BUDGET:
lot of issues with the budget, starting with this -- that you now
have a President who believes in fiscal sanity when it comes to the
people's money; that we've increased discretionary spending by 4 percent
in our budget. Now, that may sound like a lot to a lot of you all
who are now managing your cash accounts and managing your cash flow.
After all, a 4 percent increase is greater than the rate of inflation.
A 4 percent increase in a budget is greater than . . . the raises
working people have gotten this year.
problem is, here in Washington, it's half of . . . how the discretionary
accounts increased last time. You see, they had a bidding contest,
a bidding war last time. It was like, the person who bid the highest
got to go home. And, therefore, the discretionary accounts increased
by 8 percent. And we can't afford that kind of spending in Washington,
ON FLOYD KVAMME AND SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
and technology have never been more essential to the defense of the
nation and the health of our economy. I will hear the best scientific
and technological advice from leaders in your field. And I can think
of no better coordinator than Floyd. He is an entrepreneur, he is
a risk-taker, he understands risk and reward. But, more importantly,
he knows the players, the people that can bring good, sound advice
to this administration."
ON MAKING THE R&D TAX CREDIT PERMANENT:
we want the R&D credit to be permanent, and we're working with members
of the Senate to do so. A lot of us in this administration have been
in the world of taking risk. We understand that one of the most important
parts about government policy is that there will be certainty in the
policy. And I think making the R&D credit a permanent part of the
tax code is part of creating certainty, so people can more wisely
make investments with cash flow in their capital accounts."
great progress in education. I know it's a subject dear to you all's
hearts. It should be. Your industry thrives on not only capital, dollars
and cents, but it also thrives on human capital. And our nation must
do a better job of educating all children.
inherent in the reform package that we're moving through the Senate
and the House are these. One, we expect there to be high standards
in public education. To put it this way, every child can learn, and
systems that don't believe so need to be changed.
I strongly believe in aligning authority and responsibility at the
local level. I know full well when you disassociate the two, it provides
convenient excuses for failure. A school district will say, oh, gosh,
I would have done it differently, but the centralized authority made
me do it this way. It's time to get rid of all the excuses for failure
inherent in our school systems.
way to do so is to pass power out of Washington, to trust local folks
to set the path for excellence for the children in the districts in
which they live, in which the local folks live. What I'm trying to
say is, the government closest to the people is that which works best.
we need to have a results-oriented system all around the country.
Here's the way I'm doing it. I'm saying if you receive federal money,
you've got to measure. If you receive help at the federal level, you,
the local district or the state, must measure third through eighth
grade. . . . "
point is pretty simple. How do you know if children are learning unless
you test? The accountability systems are not designed to punish folks.
It's designed to make sure children just simply are -- are not simply
shuffled through the system. We've got to end that practice of giving
up on children early.
"And so we
start early, we measure early, we provide money for remedial education.
Every child counts, and every child can learn. And the whole crux
of reform is accountability. And when we measure and find success,
we'll praise it. But by measuring, you also -- one can also detect
failure, and that becomes the catalyst for reforms at the local level.
We're going to make good progress on education."