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  U.S. Competitiveness:  The Innovation Challenge

" Unless we maintain our edge in innovation through a strong science and technology enterprise, the best jobs may soon be found overseas, instead of in our communities."

- Bart Gordon (D-TN)
House Science & Technology Committee Chairman
 

At the dawn of the 21st Century, America faces a new, more rough and tumble form of global economic competition, especially in the science, engineering and technology based sectors that have fueled U.S. prosperity since World War II.  Competing successfully in this new global environment is essential for our national and economic security and to ensure that the U.S. is able to create high-value jobs and maintain a vital national engineering capability.  For those reasons, IEEE-USA is actively urging Congress and the Administration to pass laws that will strengthen U.S. competitiveness and innovation.

IEEE-USA Policy & Press Communications

x Oct. Coalition letter (Task Force on American Innovation) urging Senate action on reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act
24 June Coalition letter (Task Force on American Innovation) to Senate leadership urging reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act.
23 June Letter to U.S. Senate urging consideration of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (HR 5116).
19 May Letter to House of Representatives urging approval of the revised America COMPETES Act (H.R. 5325) on remittal from the House Science and Technology Committee.
19 May Coalition letter (Task Force on American innovation) to key House/Senate leaders supporting reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act as a bipartisan measure.
12 May Coalition Letter (Engineering Societies) to Reps. Gordon and Hall supporting America COMPETES Act on eve of committee mark-up.
11 May Letter to the U.S. House urging reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act (H.R. 5116).
26 April Letter to House leaders urging support for America COMPETES Act (H.R. 5116) reauthorization legislation.

Related IEEE-USA Position Statements

IEEE-USA Supported Events

28-29 APRIL 2010: Congressional Visits Day
Nearly 40 IEEE members joined the 250 scientists and engineers participating in the 2010 Science, Engineering and Technology Congressional Visits Day, held on 28-29 April in Washington.  CVD provides an opportunity for U.S. IEEE members to interact with their representatives in Congress on issues related to R&D, innovation and U.S. technological competitiveness. 

IEEE-USA Participation in Coalitions

IEEE-USA participates in the following organizations and coalitions in support of innovation and competitiveness policy goals:

Research & Development Highlights

The President's FY2011 budget request calls for a 5.9% increase in overall federal spending on R&D (above FY2010 appropriated levels), keeping NSF, NIST and DOE's Office of Energy Sciences on the doubling path called for the in "Gathering Storm" report, but proposing to cancel the Constellation rocket, the centerpiece of NASA's human space flight program, in favor of technology development and robotic exploration.    budget highlights   Agency Specific Highlights:  [DOE] [DOD] [NIST] [NASA] [NIH] [NSF]

See also analysis by the AAAS' R&D Budget and Policy Program.

Key Legislation

America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (HR 5116)

Amerca COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (S. 3605)

Related News

GAO: America COMPETES Act: It Is Too Early to Evaluate Programs Long-Term Effectiveness, but Agencies Could Improve Reporting of High-Risk, High-Reward Research Priorities. (10/7)

Further Investments in Science and Technology Vital to National Economic Competitiveness, Distinguished Panel Tells House Science Committee (9/29)

Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category Five. (9/23)

Report Finds Investments in Innovation Are Paying Off  (8/25)

Senate Advances Prizes in America COMPETES (7/27)

Commerce Committee Advances America COMPETES Reauthor-ization Bill (7/22)

COMPETES Passes Senate With Bipartisan Support (7/22)

Innovation Legislation Clears the House With Bipartisan Support (5/28)

"COMPETES" Passes After Compromise Language Removed:  Rare Procedural Tactic Strikes Several Bipartisan Changes (5/28)

Science Innovation Legislation Recieves Bipartisan Support, But Does Not Garner The Two-Thirds Majority Required (5/19)

COMPETES To Be Reintroduced, on the Floor on Wednesday (5/18)

Chairman Gordon Comments After Pulling COMPETES from consideration (5/13)

House Recommits 'America COMPETES" (5/13)

House Prepares for Key Vote With Innovation Bill (5/12)

America Wins When America COMPETES: Building a High-Tech Workforce (5/6)

Legislation Advancing Innovation Clears Committee With Bipartisan Support (4/28)

Committee Approves COMPETES Bill As Republicans Offer 39 Amendments to Address Increased Costs, Funding Priorities (4/28)

Chairman Gordon Introduces COMPETES (4/22)

Subcommittee Approves Legislation To Be Rolled into America COMPETES Act (4/21)

Subcommittee Approves NIST Authorization Despite GOP Concerns (4/21)

Subcommittee Advances NSF Reauthorization to Be Rolled into America COMPETES Act (4/14)

Subcommittee Approves Reauthorization of NSF Programs: Amendment to Reduce Cost Fails by Recorded Vote (4/14)

Subcommittee Advances Energy Components To Be Rolled into America COMPETES Act (3/24)

Witnesses Advise Committee on the Best Way to Support Innovation and Ensure Global Competitiveness
(3/24)

 


 

Last Update: 28 August 2009
Staff Contact: Bill Williams

 

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