Significant Accomplishments in Science and Technology Policy
1. Improved the business environment for private sector innovation and
- Cut the budget deficit for three years in a row for the first time
since Harry Truman. Economic plan will reduce the budget deficit in
half as a percentage of GDP, freeing up capital for private sector
- Worked with industry to eliminate or reform regulation that inhibits
private sector investment.
- Won Congressional approval for a 3-year extension of the R&E tax credit
and a targeted capital gains reduction for investments in small
2. Strengthened federal support for basic research.
3. Focused Federal R&D priorities on civilian technologies that spur
economic growth and create high-wage jobs.
- Increased investment in the Commerce
Technology Program, to support cooperative, industry-led projects to
develop civilian technologies, and its Manufacturing Extension Partnership, to
build a nationwide network of manufacturing extension services for
- Created an industry-government Partnership for
a New Generation of Vehicles that aims for major breakthroughs in
automotive technology and lays the foundation for U.S. leadership in the
world auto industry in the 21st century.
- Worked with hundreds of representatives of the electronics industries
to -set priorities for cooperative government-industry R&D that will
strengthen electronics manufacturing in the U.S.
- Streamlined the process for developing cooperative research and
development agreements (CRADAs) between industry and Federal
4. Worked toward world-class education for all our children and
accessible, productive lifelong training for the work force, to make
the benefits of technology more available to all.
- Worked with Congress to create the School-to-Work transition program
for-young people who don't choose to go directly to college.
- Established Goals 2000
standards for education.
- Created the National Service Corps for young people and improved access
to college loans.
- Accelerated development of civilian technologies to increase learning
productivity for children and adults.
- Encouraged the transfer of defense training technologies for civilian
5. Fought for trade and export policies that support economic
- Won Congressional approval of NAFTA.
- Won Congressional approval of a GATT
treaty that will support freer,
fairer world trade and benefit U.S. technology-based industries by
eliminating trade barriers and strengthening protection of intellectual
- Freed up $35 billion in exports by reducing export controls on U.S.
computer and telecommunications products.
6. Redirected defense R&D and procurement toward dual-use technologies,
enabling DOD to draw on leading-edge, affordable commercial
technologies to meet military needs while also strengthening civilian
- Launched the Technology
Reinvestment Project to support industry-led
dual-use R&D, encourage defense and commercial firms to work together
on dual-use applications, and stimulate the creation of an integrated
civilian-military industrial base.
- Worked with Congress to reform procurement law, and within DAD to scrap
outmoded military-unique specifications and standards, so DAD can take
advantage of the best in commercial technologies.
- Initiated a major cooperative, merit-based research program that will
help to stimulate U.S. private investment in new generations of flat
7. Promoted the National Information Infrastructure.
- Developed an action agenda for the National Information Infrastructure
that clarifies private- and public-sector responsibilities.
- Signed legislation that will require the transfer to the private sector
of 200 megahertz of the radio frequency spectrum now used by Federal
agencies, and to allow competitive bidding in granting new licenses.
- Promoted applications of the NII in areas such as education, health
care, electronic commerce, environmental monitoring.
- Made the use of information technology a cornerstone of efforts to make
the government work better and cost less.
- Increased investment in key NII technologies and testbeds through the
High Performance Computing and
Communications (HPCC) Initiative.
8. Developed technology strategies for environmental protection that
also promote economic growth.
- Pursued a common sense approach to environmental regulation that
focuses on performance standards and results, not "command and control"
- Established an Environmental Technology Initiative that will help
commercialize and deploy a new generation of technologies that will
protect the environment while sustaining economic growth. Developed
Environmental Technology Export Strategy.
9. Re-invented the space program.
- Redesigned the space
station for greater economy and efficiency,
integrated Russia into the space station partnership, and won
Congressional approval for the new program.
- Developed a national space transportation policy to guide Federal
investments in space launch vehicles.
- Solved a decade-long problem of wasteful duplication in the
government's programs for orbiting weather satellites, putting into
practice recommendations of the Vice President's National Performance
- Devised a cost-effective way to carry on the Landsat program thus
assuring the continuity of the Landsat data base with its invaluable
military, civilian, and environmental applications.
10. Re-organized Federal science and technology efforts for greater
efficiency and effectiveness.
- Established a Cabinet-level
National Science and Technology Council,
chaired by the President, to set priorities and guide Federal R&D
- Greatly increased private sector review of Federal R&D and expanded
competitive, cost-shared research.
- Initiated a high level review, directed by NSTC, of the three largest
Federal laboratory systems, those of DOD, DOE, and NASA; the aim is to
ensure effective use of Federal R&D funding to meet evolving national
needs in national security, fundamental science, industrial
technologies, environmental protection, and aerospace.
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