STEM Education & Workforce

20 Aug 2004

One topic of great interest to many lawmakers these days is the question of how the U.S. can maintain its competitiveness in manufacturing, as other countries rapidly improve their manufacturing technologies, their S&T capacity, and the skills of their workforce. Before leaving for its summer recess, the House on July 9 passed a bill designed to support American manufacturing. The "Manufacturing Technology Competitiveness Act" (H.R. 3598), introduced by Rep.

28 Jul 2004

A recurring theme in S&T policy discussions has been the status of the scientific and engineering workforce in America. There has been and continues to be concern about whether or not the United States is training enough scientists and engineers for the future economy.

29 Jun 2004

For many years, policymakers and experts in private industry and the academic community have discussed the future S&T workforce in America. In reports and in testimony to congressional committees, concerns have been raised about whether the number of scientifically-trained workers will meet future labor demands.

17 Jun 2003

It is "imperative that the Federal Government reassess its role and step forward with an aggressive effort to better prepare the Nation's S&E workforce," declares a new draft report by the National Science Board (NSB). Echoing several other recent reports, the NSB report warns of an impending crisis for the nation's science and engineering (S&E) enterprise if projections about S&E job growth, current workforce retirement rates, the number of American students pursuing S&E careers, and international competition for foreign S&E workers prove true.

13 Dec 2002

Many interested organizations joined together last month at a summit addressing the size, training and capacity of the nation's science and engineering (S&E) workforce. Representatives from at least 40 scientific and engineering societies, government agencies, think tanks and professional associations gathered for a day and a half to present their views at this "Pan-organizational Summit on the U.S. S&E Workforce," sponsored by the National Academies' Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable.

20 Nov 2002

The nation's need for highly-trained workers to fill 21st century jobs, and its capacity to produce such a skilled workforce, are frequently discussed topics for policymakers and the science community alike. In order to consider future needs, it can be instructive to look at current information. An entire chapter of the National Science Board's "Science and Engineering Indicators: 2002" is devoted to recent data (through 1999) on the science and engineering (S&E) workforce.

20 Nov 2002

Data on the nation's science and engineering (S&E) workforce, from the National Science Board's "Science and Engineering Indicators: 2002," are highlighted in this FYI and the previous one, FYI #126.

11 Oct 2002

"Is the United States developing the human capital to remain the world's most productive economy while at the same time meeting a formidable new national security threat?" This question is posed in a new report, "The Quiet Crisis: Falling Short in Producing American Scientific and Technical Talent." The report indicates that the U.S. is not doing what is needed to develop the necessary S&T workforce for the future, and calls for greater efforts to increase the representation of women and minorities in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

12 Aug 2002

As the August congressional recess approached, subcommittees of the House Science Committee were active, holding oversight hearings on a number of programs and agencies under their jurisdiction. On July 18, the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee investigated concerns that, in the future, NASA will not have the S&T workforce it needs to fulfill its mission. U.S.

8 Apr 1999

The authorizing committee in the House for Department of Education programs, including those focusing on science and math education, is the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. In addition to the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation also funds programs in science and math education; its authorizing committee is the House Science Committee. Below is the roster for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce for the 106th Congress.

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