Office of Science and Technology Policy: Examining Priorities and Effectiveness of the Nation's Science Policies, Hearing Before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, June 20, 2012   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the June 20, 2012 hearing, "Office of Science and Technology Policy: Examining Priorities and Effectiveness of the Nation's Science Policies," before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. From the opening statement of Ralph Hall: "The Office of Science and Technology Policy [OSTP] that we know today is a result of the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976 (P.L. 94-282), which formally created both the Office and established the roles of the Director. The House Committee on Science and Technology was instrumental in the passage of this Act, and it is our responsibility to make sure that the Office continues to function in a way that is beneficial to American citizens. […] In addition to reviewing OSTP's responsibilities, operations, and management, we will also look at its function in shaping our Nation's policies. It should come as no surprise that I remain concerned about a number of this Administration's science and technology policy issues, ranging from an unprecedented emphasis on clean energy at the expense of other priorities to a larger focus on applied research at the expense of basic scientific research to the lack of a clearly defined and compelling long-term mission for human space flight. Further, there are other areas still awaiting action from OSTP and the Administration. These include transparency and data access issues, a position on the transfer of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) from NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] to NASA, a position statement on INKSNA [Iran, North Korea, Syria Nonproliferation Act], and a Strategic Plan for STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] Education." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ralph Hall, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Jerry F. Costello, and John P. Holdren.

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