Legislation launched by members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology would require the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) to set up a nationwide science and know-how technique.
Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas., Ranking Member Frank Lucas, R-Okla., Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., and Rep. Deborah Ross, D-N.C., launched the National Science and Technology Strategy Act of 2021 on June 14 in an effort to develop “a whole-of-government planning process for research and development, ensuring better coordination between Federal agencies and a more strategic approach to U.S. research and development goals,” in accordance to a press release.
“To address the pressing challenges of the 21st century and remain a global leader in science and technology, the United States must double down on strategic investments in research and development,” stated Chairwoman Johnson. “A coordinated, whole-of-government approach will help ensure these investments have the intended benefits for our economy, national security, and public wellbeing.”
The laws would direct OSTP and NSTC to create a nationwide science and know-how technique each 4 years and conduct a quadrennial U.S. science and know-how evaluation.
The evaluation would offer knowledge and evaluation to policymakers concerning the nation’s innovation panorama, in addition to determine future wants or limitations for U.S. science and know-how. The evaluation’s evaluation and proposals would goal to: guarantee financial and nationwide safety; assess international competitors in science and know-how; determine potential threats to U.S. management in science and know-how, together with analysis theft and espionage; and supply suggestions to enhance the U.S. STEM workforce.
“We regularly review and update our national priorities for defense, homeland security, and energy, and our scientific and technological leadership is no less important,” stated Ranking Member Lucas. “American research and development keeps us competitive globally and creates jobs in emerging industries here at home. A national science and technology strategy ensures we’ll stay focused on the most important research challenges, allowing us to make taxpayer dollars go farther as we maintain America’s status as the global leader in innovation.”