Competitiveness and innovation

As reported in FYI #85 (see http://www.aip.org/fyi/2007/085.html), last week President George Bush signed into law a popular, bipartisan bill intended to ensure that the U.S. maintains a global leadership position in science, technology and innovation. The bill, H.R. 2272, is known as the “America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act,” or simply the “America COMPETES Act.”

15 Aug 2007

On August 9, President Bush signed into law H.R. 2272, the America COMPETES Act, intended to strengthen the nation’s commitment to research and education. The bill represents a bipartisan, bicameral effort to expand and enhance U.S. basic research and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to ensure the nation’s continued competitiveness in the future (for more details of the bill see http://www.aip.org/fyi/2007/084.html).

13 Aug 2007

Yesterday, the House Science and Technology Committee secured floor passage of a new bill that now enables the House and Senate to meet in a conference to settle on the final version of an important and wide-ranging S&T authorization bill. By voice vote, the House passed H.R. 2272, the 21st Century Competitiveness Act of 2007.

22 May 2007

Federal efforts to improve science and math education would receive a boost under President Bush's FY 2008 budget request, as part of the American Competitiveness Initiative. All divisions within NSF's Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate would receive increases compared with the FY 2007 request. Funding for certain math and science education programs within the Department of Education (DoEd) would also be increased. However, the request for the Math and Science Partnership programs within both NSF and DoEd are equal to the FY 2007 requests.

12 Feb 2007

The headline from yesterday’s release of the FY 2008 budget request is the Bush Administration’s continued commitment to its American Competitiveness Initiative. Under the new FY 2008 request, the President asked Congress to increase overall FY 2008 funding for the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology core research program by 7.2 percent over his request of a year ago.

6 Feb 2007

The Council on Competitiveness has released a report, "Competitiveness Index: Where America Stands" reviewing the primary factors driving America's economic success during the last two decades, and which looks ahead to the nation's competitiveness prospects in the next twenty years. "The context for U.S. competitiveness has changed dramatically over the past two decades," the report states, providing both opportunities and risk for the United States in the future.

24 Jan 2007

Last Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) delivered the Democrats’ national Address on the State of the Union. Reid’s speech focused on “critical challenges around the world America must confront.” Pelosi’s speech concentrated on domestic issues, including federal policies to strengthen R&D and global warming. Excerpts from Pelosi’s presentation follow:

INNOVATION AGENDA:

22 Jan 2007

The National Summit on American Competitiveness met May 22 in Chicago, Illinois to discuss topics ranging from entrepreneurship to free trade agreements. However, it was science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education that proved the common theme throughout the day.

29 May 2008

The FY 2009 budget that President George Bush has sent to Congress requests impressive increases in the budgets of the Department of Energy's Office of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the core research programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  Together, total funding for the three agencies would increase 15 percent over this year's total enacted budget.  In contrast, non-security discretionary spending in the FY 2009 request would be less than one percent.               

11 Feb 2008

During his Monday night State of the Union address, President Bush signaled his continued support for his American Competitiveness Initiative.  First announced in his  January 2006 State of the Union (see http://www.aip.org/fyi/2006/016.html ), the President proposed doubling in ten years the collective budgets for the DOE Office of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the research programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.        

30 Jan 2008

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