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19 Mar 1993

On March 12, House science committee chairman George E. Brown
(D-CA) gave a provocative speech on science policy advice.  The
occasion was a meeting to discuss a new report of the Carnegie
Commission on Science, Technology, and Government, "Facing Toward
Governments: Nongovernmental Organizations and Scientific and
Technical Advice" (call the commission at 212-998-2150 for a copy
of the report.)  Selections from Brown's speech follow:

 
15 Mar 1993

On March 11, NASA announced that the White House has given
Administrator Daniel Goldin the go-ahead to implement changes in
the agency's management structure.  Goldin, a Bush Administration
appointee, had announced most of the changes in October 1992, but
the November election put his plans on hold until Clinton's team
could review them.

 
11 Mar 1993

In a speech yesterday to the American Astronautical Society, NASA
Administrator Daniel S. Goldin announced a large-scale redesign of
the space station.  A 30 to 45 member team, headed by Joe Shea, is
to have the redesign ready by June 1.

 
11 Mar 1993

Within the next few weeks, Congress will start consideration of
legislation important to the science community.  The following
recommendations for effective communications are from the AIP
brochure, "Communicating with Congress."  Please send a stamped,
self-addressed, business-sized envelope for a copy of the full
brochure to: AIP Office of Government & Institutional Relations;
1630 Connecticut Avenue, NW; Suite 750; Washington, D.C.  20009.

WRITING TO A MEMBER OF CONGRESS:

 
5 Mar 1993

In an eleven page letter to House science committee chairman George
Brown (D-California), Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O'Leary
responded to the recent GAO report on the Superconducting Super
Collider (see FYI #27.)  Her cover letter is reprinted in full
below (space does not permit the additional nine pages of
comments), as well as a one-paragraph press statement by Chairman
Brown.

SECRETARY O'LEARY'S FEBRUARY 24 LETTER:

"Dear Mr. Chairman:

 
5 Mar 1993

The General Accounting Office has released a report that opponents
of the Superconducting Super Collider will be citing for the rest
of the year.  In repeated criticisms about accounting practices,
schedule and cost overruns, and possible downsizing of the
detectors, the GAO paints what can only be described as a sobering
future for the project.  Although DOE takes strong issue with GAO
(see FYI #28), this new report will make the annual task of
securing an appropriation for the facility all the more difficult.

 
5 Mar 1993

"NSF's primary obligation is to maintain the excellence and health
of curiosity-driven research."  --NSB Chairman James Duderstadt

 
26 Feb 1993

Earlier this week National Science Foundation Director Walter
Massey appeared before the House VA, HUD, Independent Agencies
Appropriations Subcommittee requesting an additional $207 million
for current year operations.  This request is a component of a
$16.3 billion supplemental bill pending before Congress to create
500,000 new jobs.  This legislation is part of a much larger,
multi-year economic package submitted to Congress by President
Clinton.  Tuesday's hearing was the first chaired by the new
subcommittee chairman, Louis Stokes (D-Ohio.)

 
25 Feb 1993

President Clinton has kicked off his plan for the US economy with
a $16.3 billion package of supplemental spending for fiscal year
1993, and the House Appropriations Committee has begun hearings on
Clinton's program.  Secretary of Energy Hazel O'Leary appeared at
a standing-room-only hearing of the House Energy and Water
Development Appropriations Subcommittee on February 24, to testify
on DOE initiatives in the plan.

 
25 Feb 1993

On February 22, the Clinton Administration released a report,
"Technology for America's Economic Growth, A New Direction to Build
Economic Strength."  Among the highlights of this 36-page report
summarizing the administration's approach to science and technology
are:

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