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Before Congress recessed in early October, the House Committee on Science and Tech- nology voted to approve a bill that would coordinate the government's response to the shortage of trained scientists, engineers, and technical personnel; monitor the needs for such personnel; recommend policies to address these needs; and upgrade equipment required for science and engineering education. The Engineering and Science Manpow er bill (H.R. 7130) awaits action by the full House of Representatives; Congress may consider the bill in its lame duck session following Thanksgiving.