27 Jul 1994

With versions of its fiscal year 1995 appropriations bill passed by
both the House and the Senate, the Department of Commerce's
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is positioned
to get a hefty increase in funding.  NIST is funded in H.R. 4603,
the Commerce, Justice, State and Judiciary Appropriations bill.
Although neither chamber would give it the full 79.7 percent
increase requested by President Clinton, NIST would do well under
either version of the bill.  The next step is to schedule a

17 Mar 1994

Officials from the National Institute of Standards and Technology
and the Department of Commerce appeared at two House subcommittee
hearings on March 10 to discuss the fiscal year 1995 budget
request.  Reaction by members of the science subcommittee and
appropriations subcommittee was favorable.

4 Dec 1995

"One point is certain: the multiplicity of market failures and the
variance of their intensity within technology-based industries
demands multiple policy responses from the government of an
industrialized nation."  -- NIST Planning Report 95-3

10 Oct 1995


15 Sep 1995

In both chambers of Congress, bills to dismantle the Department of
Commerce are making the rounds (see FYI #125).  The main bill in
the House, H.R. 1756, sponsored by Rep. Dick Chrysler (R-MI), has
been referred to 11 different committees, each of which has
jurisdiction over some part of it.  The House Science Committee,
chaired by Robert Walker (R-PA), held a hearing on the proposal on
September 12, and then on September 14 marked up the science- and
technology-related portion of Chrysler's bill.

13 Sep 1995

On Monday this week, The American Physical Society held a press
conference to release two letters calling on Members of Congress to
maintain funding for the laboratory program of the National
Institute of Standards and Technology.  Congress is now considering
legislation to dismantle the Commerce Department. 

The first letter was signed by twenty-five recipients of the Nobel
Prize in Physics.  It concluded:

15 Aug 1995

At this stage in the appropriations process, the House has passed
a bill (H.R. 2076) funding the Department of Commerce for FY 1996
(see FYI #103, 108.)  The Senate will take up the Commerce
appropriations bill after returning from its August break on
September 6.  Although the House-passed appropriations bill funds
the Department at 83 percent of its current level, its opponents
have received a promise from the House leadership that legislation
to eliminate the Department will be included in this fall's budget

30 Jun 1995

On June 28, the NIST Advanced Technology Program (ATP) was dealt a
double blow by the House, from which it is unlikely to recover.  On
that day, the House Commerce Appropriations Subcommittee voted to
phase out the program, and the House Science Committee did not
include the ATP when it passed authorizing legislation for NIST's
core laboratory programs.  The ATP, a program by which NIST
provides cost-shared grants to industry for the early stages of
technology development, is criticized by many Republicans as
"corporate welfare."

16 Jun 1995

Partisan squabbling highlighted yesterday's House Science
Subcommittee on Technology mark-up of two authorization bills for
the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  The
American Technology Advancement Act would authorize funding for
NIST's core laboratory programs and badly-needed construction.
NIST's cooperative programs with industry, the Advanced Technology
Program (ATP) and the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP),
were addressed in a second bill, the NIST Industrial Technology

28 Mar 1995

In recent weeks, the Department of Commerce's Undersecretary of
Technology, Mary Good, and the director of NIST, Arati Prabhakar,
have appeared together at two separate hearings to defend the
Administration's civilian technology programs.


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