H.R. 5029, The International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2014

H.R. 5029

The International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2014

Sponsor
Rep. Daniel Lipinski

Date
July 14, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, July 14, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5029, the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2014, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 5029 was introduced on July 8, 2014 by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and referred to the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5029 requires the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to establish a body under the National Science and Technology Council that is responsible for identifying and coordinating international science and technology cooperation.  The body would be required to: 1) coordinate interagency international science and technology cooperative research and training activities and partnerships; 2) establish Federal priorities and policies for aligning international science and technology cooperative research and training activities and partnerships supported or managed by Federal agencies; 3) identify opportunities for new international science and technology cooperative research; 4) solicit input and recommendations from non-Federal science and technology stakeholders; and 5) identify issues that influence the ability of U.S. scientists to collaborate with foreign counterparts (such as barriers to collaboration and access to scientific information).  The Director of OSTP is required under this Act to submit an annual report to Congress outlining the body’s activities in order to ensure proper oversight.

Background

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was established in 1976 within the Executive Office of the President (EOP) to “provide scientific and technology analysis and advice to the President.  This codified and institutionalized a presidential science advice function that previously existed at each President’s discretion.”[1]  The Director of OSTP manages the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), which coordinates federal science and technology policy, establishes national goals for federal science and technology investments, and preparing coordinated research and development strategies.[2]  The NSTC was established on November 23, 1993 by President Clinton by Executive Order 12881.[3]  One of the primary functions of the NSTC as outlined by Executive Order 12881 is to “further international cooperation in science and technology.”[4]  H.R. 5029 furthers this priority by establishing a body responsible for identifying and coordinating future cooperation.  This legislation would strengthen U.S. science and technology enterprise, improve economic and national security, and support U.S. foreign policy goals.

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[1] John F. Sargent Jr. and Dana A. Shea, “The President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP): Issues for Congress,” Congressional Research Service (Feb. 7, 2014), at 1.
[2] Id. at 7-8.
[3] Id. at 9.
[4] Id.

Cost

An official CBO estimate is currently unavailable.  Preliminary estimates from the CBO indicate that this legislation would have an insignificant effect on the budget or direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

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