An S&T Policy Agenda for the 106th Congress
The sense of the AAAS symposium was that, in formulating its science and technology (S&T) policy agenda, the 106th Congress should:
1. Examine a wide range of existing and potential funding mechanisms to assure that the federal government is supporting the best and most creative research in all fields of science and engineering.
2. Develop policy approaches that recognize the ascendancy of the private sector role in research and focus on encouraging public-private partnerships and on maintaining a favorable climate for industrial research.
3. Seek ways to encourage greater U.S. participation in international scientific cooperation, both large- and small-scale.
4. Initiate a comprehensive examination of the state of science, mathematics, and engineering education in the United States from kindergarten through graduate school.
5. Develop means to provide more rapid and comprehensive access to scientific and technical information for members of Congress and staff.
6. Strengthen mechanisms for involving those whose lives are affected by the results of research in shaping S&T policies.