A congressional task force that was established in 1984 to examine the goals of federal science policy has announced a schedule of hearings (see Table 1, below) on the remaining topics on its agenda. After these hearings are completed, the Task Force on Science Policy will circulate a draft of its final report, according to Rep. Don Fuqua (D-Fla.), chairman of the task force and of the House Committee on Science and Technology.
During additional hearings to be conducted during the summer, “We plan to seek comments on this draft from leaders in American science policy, past and present,” Fuqua said. When that process ends, the task force plans to propose its final conclusions and recommendations on the future direction of the federal government's role in setting science policy and in supporting research. The study is the first such comprehensive review by the House in more than 20 years.