Competitiveness and innovation

All indications point to quickening support for the passage of
legislation expanding the federal government's role in technology
policy and economic competitiveness.  A bill has been introduced in
the Senate that is attracting considerable notice, and earlier this
week, two House science subcommittees began hearings on the
subject.

5 Feb 1993

NOTE: Outgoing Transportation Secretary Federico Pena has been named to
succeed Hazel O'Leary as Energy Secretary for President Clinton's second term.

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23 Dec 1996

Various public and private organizations have attempted to tackle the dispute between policymakers over the federal role in technology development. A new document from a bipartisan federal advisory commission, the Competitiveness Policy Council (CPC), addresses a shortfall in the language of the debate. "When the political debate divides the world of `R&D' into basic scientific research on the one side, and lumps everything else - basic technology research, applied research and development - together on the other side, a huge and vitally important area is omitted," the report says.

6 Jun 1997

Speakers at a June 24 congressional briefing sounded a wake-up call that increasing competition from the rest of the world threatens America's preeminence in innovation. The speakers reported that the U.S. science and innovation system is seen as a model; many countries are investing significant amounts to imitate it, and are making strides in scientific advances, developing scientific talent, and attracting outside business and investment.

13 Jul 2004

"Unfortunately, the U.S.'s ability to adapt, compete and innovate alongside emerging workforces in countries such as China and India is threatened by a systematically weak education system, a dearth of R&D funding, visa policy that discourages the brightest foreign minds and a business climate heavy with regulatory and tax burdens." This is the conclusion of a new report by the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), an alliance of approximately 2,500 electronic and high-tech companies and associations. "The best hope for the U.S.

27 May 2004

Members of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) spent March 30 listening to presentations on two timely S&T topics: the science and engineering workforce, and nanotechnology.

15 Apr 2004

"The National Summit on Competitiveness has one fundamental and urgent message: if trends in U.S. research and education continue, our nation will squander its economic leadership, and the result will be a lower standard of living for the American people."So began a six-page Statement released on December 6 at a half-day meeting in Washington of 63 senior-level officials from high technology corporations, government, academia, and associations.

9 Dec 2005

The political profile of efforts to strengthen U.S. research and development was raised last month with the release of a multi-pronged strategy by the highest ranking Democrat in the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "The Innovation Agenda: A Commitment to Competitiveness to Keep America #1," includes many of the recommendations made by previous advisory panels. What was noteworthy about the November 15 event at the National Press Club was the presence of Pelosi and her statement that "this will be our priority."

2 Dec 2005

As reported in FYI #155, a committee of the National Academies has issued a report that recommends a series of actions for the federal government to take to maintain the nation's competitiveness through the 21st century. These recommendations will be highlighted in FYI #157.

3 Nov 2005

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