Competitiveness and innovation

31 May 2005

"The time has come to sound the alarm."- Chairman Frank Wolf on U.S. S&T position

29 Nov 2006

“We’re in deep trouble,”David Abshire warned. Abshire, the president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Larry Wortzel, Chairman of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, spoke at a November 16 briefing at which a new report on America’s S&T future was released.

20 Nov 2006

Since this month's general election, there has been considerable speculation about the policy and budget directions that will guide the new Congress which convenes in January. This is the first in a series of FYIs that will look ahead at what might be expected.

24 Oct 2006

Seven senators spoke at length when S. 3936, the National Competitiveness Investment Act, was introduced last month. The following are excerpts from the more than 10,000 words of remarks on the Senate floor about competitiveness, the objectives of the legislation, and the remarkable bipartisan cooperation that made this bill possible:

Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI).

19 Oct 2006

Thirty-nine senators are cosponsors of an extensive bill that would authorize major changes in federal support for research and development, and science education. While this legislation is unlikely to reach President Bush's desk before this Congress adjourns, it will help position similar legislation in the new Congress which will convene next year.

7 Jul 2006

On June 30, OSTP Director John Marburger held a conference call to answer questions about, and discuss progress toward implementing, President Bush's American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI). "There's a lot happening," he remarked, "and we're very pleased at the tremendous support that the initiative has received" from Congress and from industry organizations.

16 Jun 2006

In a June 8 speech to the Business-Higher Education Forum, House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) discussed the outlook for R&D and science education funding this year, and for the passage of legislation intended to promote U.S. innovation and competitiveness. Selected quotes from his speech follow. "//" indicates that paragraphs have been combined in the interests of space.

18 May 2006

A trio of bills to strengthen and enhance federal science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and research was introduced on May 11 by several of the Republican members of the House Science Committee. One bill, sponsored by Rep. John Schwarz (R-MI), would primarily target existing programs at NSF to improve science and math education and to attract more undergraduates to STEM careers and K-12 science and math teaching. The other two bills, both sponsored by Rep.

2 May 2006

Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Marburger was the keynote speaker at the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy on April 20. The following are selections from Marburger's address regarding the rationale for increased physical sciences funding, the American Competitiveness Initiative, priority setting for funding, competition between scientific fields, and earmarking. Marburger's full remarks may be read at

19 Apr 2006

The next few weeks will be important in the determination of FY 2007 physical sciences funding. House appropriators will soon begin the drafting of their bills that will help set the parameters for FY 2007 funding. Yesterday, President George Bush drew renewed attention to his American Competitiveness Initiative (see during a visit to a suburban Maryland magnet middle school.


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