House Education and the Workforce Committee

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.

23 Nov 2004

On November 18, the DOE/NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) met for the last time in its current form. At the meeting, a substantial portion of time was devoted to the nuclear science and engineering workforce, and how best to educate, prepare, diversify and maintain it for the 21st century.

15 Nov 2004

NSF's Science Resources Statistics Division (SRS) collects information on many aspects of the U.S. science and engineering (S&E) workforce, including ethnicity, gender, occupational group and highest degree earned, from high school diploma to PhD. An "InfoBrief" issued by SRS in August examines "the occupational and demographic characteristics of individuals who have been successful in obtaining employment in S&E occupations with the academic credentials of an associate's degree or a high school diploma."

3 Sep 2004

Asking the provocative question, "How we will recognize a shortage or surplus in the scientific and technical workforce?" the recently-published proceedings of a conference held last December highlight the second half of the conference's theme, "improving the data system for decisionmaking."

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.

15 Aug 2005

Two Capitol Hill events this summer looked at how the U.S. can maintain a global lead in science and technology in the face of growing competition from abroad. A June 23 roundtable discussion was organized by House Democrats, and on July 21 the full House Science Committee also explored this topic. The Science Committee hearing will be covered in FYI #122.

12 Sep 2007

House Education and Labor Committee leaders George Miller (D-CA) and Howard McKeon (R-CA) have released an unnumbered discussion draft for reauthorization of “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB), the law that provides federal education funding to states and requires accountability through state “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) measurements.

2 Jul 2007

How is globalization affecting U.S. high-tech workers? What steps should the government take to ensure sufficient jobs and a robust high-tech workforce in the future? What are the roles of community colleges and industry in producing highly-skilled employees for technical and manufacturing jobs? The House Science and Technology Committee addressed these issues in two recent hearings. Witnesses at the first hearing indicated that not enough is yet known about the consequences of offshoring of high-tech jobs.

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