Parts of the federal individual health care insurance enrollment system remain yet incomplete, said Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "We still have to the build payment systems, to make payments to issuers in January," said Chao, the CMS official who has overseen development of healthcare.gov.
Federal science grants would have to be "in the national interest"--and publicly justified as such--under a draft bill that the House Science, Space and Technology Committee is considering.
The program, part of a bill (H.R. 1421) introduced in the House in April, would award vouchers worth up to $20,000 to small manufacturers to pay for technical expertise from universities or federal research institutions. Researchers would help the companies with early-stage product development and the commercialization of new technologies.
Federal agencies that fund at least $1 billion in outside research each year would create new grant programs to help transfer federally funded research into the marketplace, under a draft bill being considered by a House subcommittee.
The national laboratories should emulate the Energy Department's innovation hubs, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said June 18 during a hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. "This is the way the national labs, in my view, should do more of their business--with significant teams focused for an extended time on an important problem," Moniz said.
In wake of the devastating tornadoes that recently hit communities in Oklahoma, Congress is considering ways to promote stronger building codes, safe rooms and more coordinated federal research into windstorm damage and ways to mitigate it.
The administration's plan to reorganize science, technology, engineering and math education programs--cutting the number of programs from 226 to 110 while increasing funding by 6 percent in fiscal 2014--came under scrutiny Tuesday during a hearing before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.
Efforts to protect scientific and technological advancements from espionage should focus on defining the line between basic research and the development of applied technology, a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission told a House panel May 16.
At the present budget levels, not taking into account sequestration, it would be 2030 before NASA identified and characterized 90 percent of the 140-meter or larger NEOs, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a March 19 House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing.
The bill (H.R. 1163), which would need approval by the full House and the Senate before it could become law, would amend the Federal Information Security Management Act. The House approved the same legislation in April 2012 but the Senate did not advance it beyond committee.