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House Approves Two Bills for Inter-Agency Coordination in S&T

Mark Marich

The science and technology bills are moving along the legislative process. The House of Representatives approved yesterday two bills that originated in the Committee on Science and Technology and that share the common theme of interagency coordination and knowledge-sharing.

H.R. 1736, the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2009, passed by a vote of 351 to 52. This “science diplomacy” bill will recreate a committee under the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) to coordinate the international science and technology activities across federal agencies. The bill represents an effort to craft a coordinated approach to international partnerships, which are currently managed on a case-by-case basis.

The second bill passed is H.R. 1709, the STEM Education Coordination Act of 2009, approved by a vote of 353 to 39. The legislation will coordinate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education activities done across the federal government, at agencies including NASA, NSF, DOE, NIST and DOD. The bill also strengthens an existing committee under NSTC to manage the coordination.

For more information on these issues, please see the House Committee on Science and Technology’s website and our previous post on the bills.

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