Chapter 8

A fresh start 1974–1992


As discussed in this chapter, the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976 emerged from Congress on President Gerald Ford’s watch. According to the author, this legislation enshrined in law the relevant federal advisory and coordinating mechanisms, so that no future president could eliminate them on a whim. From May 11, 1976 forward, science and technology policy would have a permanent place in the White House. The act provides a clear and compelling set of rationales for federal science and technology policy and also illuminates the connections between science and national needs. Parts of this important act are excerpted in this chapter and discussed in detail. ...

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