Competitiveness and innovation

24 Jan 2006

The call for the U.S. to take action to maintain its global competitiveness in S&T, voiced frequently by the science community in recent months, has been heard and acknowledged by the White House.

14 Dec 2007

"If history teaches any lesson it is that no nation has an inherent right to greatness. Greatness has to be earned and continually re-earned."

"Only by providing leading-edge human capital and knowledge capital can America continue to maintain a high standard of living - including providing national security - for its citizens."
- Norman Augustine

15 Aug 2007

As reported in FYI #85 (see, last week President George Bush signed into law a popular, bipartisan bill intended to ensure that the U.S. maintains a global leadership position in science, technology and innovation. The bill, H.R. 2272, is known as the “America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act,” or simply the “America COMPETES Act.”

13 Aug 2007

On August 9, President Bush signed into law H.R. 2272, the America COMPETES Act, intended to strengthen the nation’s commitment to research and education. The bill represents a bipartisan, bicameral effort to expand and enhance U.S. basic research and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to ensure the nation’s continued competitiveness in the future (for more details of the bill see

22 May 2007

Yesterday, the House Science and Technology Committee secured floor passage of a new bill that now enables the House and Senate to meet in a conference to settle on the final version of an important and wide-ranging S&T authorization bill. By voice vote, the House passed H.R. 2272, the 21st Century Competitiveness Act of 2007.

12 Feb 2007

Federal efforts to improve science and math education would receive a boost under President Bush's FY 2008 budget request, as part of the American Competitiveness Initiative. All divisions within NSF's Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate would receive increases compared with the FY 2007 request. Funding for certain math and science education programs within the Department of Education (DoEd) would also be increased. However, the request for the Math and Science Partnership programs within both NSF and DoEd are equal to the FY 2007 requests.

6 Feb 2007

The headline from yesterday’s release of the FY 2008 budget request is the Bush Administration’s continued commitment to its American Competitiveness Initiative. Under the new FY 2008 request, the President asked Congress to increase overall FY 2008 funding for the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology core research program by 7.2 percent over his request of a year ago.

24 Jan 2007

The Council on Competitiveness has released a report, "Competitiveness Index: Where America Stands" reviewing the primary factors driving America's economic success during the last two decades, and which looks ahead to the nation's competitiveness prospects in the next twenty years. "The context for U.S. competitiveness has changed dramatically over the past two decades," the report states, providing both opportunities and risk for the United States in the future.

22 Jan 2007

Last Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) delivered the Democrats’ national Address on the State of the Union. Reid’s speech focused on “critical challenges around the world America must confront.” Pelosi’s speech concentrated on domestic issues, including federal policies to strengthen R&D and global warming. Excerpts from Pelosi’s presentation follow:


29 May 2008

The National Summit on American Competitiveness met May 22 in Chicago, Illinois to discuss topics ranging from entrepreneurship to free trade agreements. However, it was science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education that proved the common theme throughout the day.


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