Accession Number : ADA323782

Title :   Science and Technology Issues: 105th Congress, First Session, Congressional Research Service Report for Congress,.

Corporate Author : COMMITTEE FOR THE NATIONAL INST FOR THE ENVIRONMENT WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Rowberg, Richard E.

PDF Url : ADA323782

Report Date : 17 JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : Major issues may include: (1) review of goals and operations of the Food and Drug Administration, (2) implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 including the V-chip to assist parental control of television access by children, (3) data encryption and its potential effects on law enforcement and national security activities, (4) the effects of potential changes in the Department of Energy on its R&D program, (5) technical aspects of restructuring of the electric utility industry, (6) public health implications of reauthorization of the 1990 Clean Air Act, (7) the controversy over the Persian Gulf syndrome, (8) transportation safety and technology aspects of re-authorization of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, and (9) the future of the space station in view of continued problems with Russian participation. The impact of budget balancing on federal research and development (R&D) funding is likely to remain an issue of note. Projections call for a substantial decline in total federal R&D funding by FY2002. Whether this happens, and, if so, how it will be apportioned among the various R&D funding agencies and their programs likely will be major foci of debate. Closely intertwined will be continued examination of the proper federal role in supporting the national R&D effort. While Congress appears supportive of a strong national program, there is considerable disagreement about the limits of the federal contribution.

Descriptors :   *CONGRESS, *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, POLICIES, NATIONAL SECURITY, CRYPTOGRAPHY, DATA PROCESSING SECURITY, AIR POLLUTION, LAND TRANSPORTATION, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, PUBLIC UTILITIES, PUBLIC HEALTH, SPACE STATIONS, OZONE LAYER, LAW ENFORCEMENT, TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, FEDERAL LAW, CABLE TELEVISION.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE