Senate hearing on federal research

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a full committee hearing last week titled “Leveraging the U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise.” Witnesses were asked to testify about ways to improve the roles of the federal government, private sector, and academia in science and technology research and development, STEM education and workforce opportunities, and the application of research and development to commercial uses. The hearing also informed the efforts of the Commerce Committee’s bipartisan Innovation and Competitiveness Working Group, led by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.). The working group is preparing legislation directing science and technology policy last authorized by the America COMPETES Acts.