ERIC Number: ED307888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
National Technical Information Service. Hearing on H.R. 4417. A Bill To Authorize Appropriations to the Secretary of Commerce for the Programs of the National Bureau of Standards for Fiscal Year 1989, and for Other Purposes, before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Competitiveness of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. House of Representatives, One Hundredth Congress, Second Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
This committee hearing reports a bill, H.R. 4417, which is a measure designed to improve the federal government's ability to collect scientific and technical data and to give these functions, which are currently being performed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), to a new governmentally owned corporation. The bill provides for the establishment in the Department of Commerce of a Technology Administration, which would include the National Bureau of Standards, the National Technical Information [Corporation] Service, and a policy analysis office to be known as the Office of Technology Policy. It is noted that, while there is agreement generally on the kinds of new powers the agency would need to deliver its products and services on a more cost-effective basis, there is disagreement over the need, or appropriateness, of setting up a government corporation to carry out these duties. In addition to the text of H.R. 4417, this report includes testimony from: (1) Barry Beringer, Associate Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Department of Commerce; (2) George Brown, Jr., a Representative in Congress from California; (3) Joseph Clark, Deputy Director, National Technical Information Service; (4) Eric Leber, executive officer, Council of Scientific Presidents; (5) Harold Seidman, member, Standing Panel on Executive Organization and Management, National Academy of Public Administration; and (6) Doug Walgren, a Representative in Congress from Pennsylvania, who presents a case against the privatization of the agency. Also included are materials submitted for the record by the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the National Academy of Public Administration. (CGD)
Descriptors: Budgets, Cost Effectiveness, Federal Government, Government Role, Hearings, Information Dissemination, Information Services, Public Agencies, Scientific and Technical Information, Technological Advancement, Technology Transfer
Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.