National technology foundation proposal



A bill that would combine sections of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Commerce into a National Technology Foundation was introduced in June by Rep. George E. Brown, Jr. (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee. Purpose of the foundation would be to ‘promote the advance of technology, technological innovation, technology utilization, and the supply of technological manpower for the improvement of the economic, environmental, and social well-being of the United States.’ The bill has been sent to congressional committee.

‘Among other things, the National Technology Foundation would recognize the importance of engineering and help harness its potential,’ Brown told the House.