According to a June 13 NSF Issues Brief, Japan is on track to achieve a doubling of its government R&D investment between the years 1992 and 2000. If it continues with funding increases such as those approved for 1996 and 1997, the NSF brief says, "annual government R&D investment would be around $18 billion in the year 2000, approximately double the 1992 budget in constant yen."

8 Jul 1997

Additional Information on Proposed FY 1998 DOD R&D Budget Later this week the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees with jurisdiction over the Department of Defense budget, and the weapons budget for the Department of Energy, will individually convene to mark up their FY 1998 appropriations bills. As noted in FYI #79, their bills will pay close attention to the defense authorization bills (passed by the House; still under consideration in the Senate.)

7 Jul 1997

Important Tax Law Changes Before Congress When Congress returns to Washington after the July 4th recess, a major item on its agenda will be the passage of legislation implementing the budget deal worked out between the President and Congress. There are two components to be considered: changes in program spending, and taxes. Attention is now focusing on the massive tax bill, the first of this size to be considered since 1981. In all tax bills, there are winners and losers, and this time is no different.

3 Jul 1997

"Regardless of how the data are arranged, it is quite clear that public science plays an overwhelming role in the science base of U.S. industry." --"The Increasing Linkage Between U.S. Technology and Public Science"

20 Jun 1997

FYIs #68 and #69discussed the importance of communicating with your Members of Congress. This is a critical time, as Congress is starting work on deciding the federal budget for research and development next year. The budget deal, approved by Congress last night, sets a definite bottom line for all federal discretionary spending in FY 1998.

6 Jun 1997

Biennially, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) reports to Congress on the Administration's policies, programs, and plans relating to science and technology. The most recent report, "Science and Technology Shaping the 21st Century" (141 pages), released in April, describes programs implemented by the Clinton Administration to support the goals developed in earlier science and technology policy documents.

21 May 1997

Key Member of Congress Draws the Line on the Space Station Last Wednesday's (April 9) hearing of the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics was billed as an opportunity (according to the subcommittee) "to familiarize Members with the issues surrounding space stations and to update the Subcommittee on the status of U.S. programs." This multi-hour hearing received testimony from those supporting and opposing the International Space Station.

14 Apr 1997

BROWN BILL ENCOURAGES INVESTMENT: On April 8, House Science Committee Ranking Minority Member George Brown (D-CA) introduced a concurrent resolution, H.Con.Res. 58, designed to stimulate important investments while balancing the budget by 2002. Brown's budget would encourage funding for R&D, capital infrastructure, and education and job training, areas crucial to future productivity.

11 Apr 1997

The authorizing subcommittee in the Senate for much of the Department of Defense's R&D is the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Acquisition and Technology. Its jurisdiction includes military research, development, testing and evaluation as well as the defense technology base. The comparable subcommittee on the House side is the National Security Subcommittee on Military Research and Development (see FYI #50.)

4 Apr 1997

The authorizing subcommittee in the House for most, if not all, Department of Defense R&D is the House National Security Subcommittee on Military Research and Development. The comparable subcommittee on the Senate side is the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Acquisition and Technology (see FYI #51.)

4 Apr 1997


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