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H.R. 1156 (114th): International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of May 20, 2015 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1156

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 20, 2015

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

AN ACT

To authorize the establishment or designation of a working group under the National Science and Technology Council to identify and coordinate international science and technology cooperation opportunities.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2015.

2.

Coordination of international science and technology partnerships

(a)

Establishment

The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy shall establish or designate a working group under the National Science and Technology Council with the responsibility to identify and coordinate international science and technology cooperation that can strengthen the United States science and technology enterprise, improve economic and national security, and support United States foreign policy goals.

(b)

NSTC working group membership

The working group established under subsection (a) shall be co-chaired by officials from the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of State.

(c)

Responsibilities

The working group established under subsection (a) shall—

(1)

plan and coordinate interagency international science and technology cooperative research and training activities and partnerships supported or managed by Federal agencies and work with other National Science and Technology Council committees to help plan and coordinate the international component of national science and technology priorities;

(2)

establish Federal priorities and policies for aligning, as appropriate, international science and technology cooperative research and training activities and partnerships supported or managed by Federal agencies with the foreign policy goals of the United States;

(3)

identify opportunities for new international science and technology cooperative research and training partnerships that advance both the science and technology and the foreign policy priorities of the United States;

(4)

in carrying out paragraph (3), solicit input and recommendations from non-Federal science and technology stakeholders, including universities, scientific and professional societies, industry, and relevant organizations and institutions; and

(5)

identify broad issues that influence the ability of United States scientists and engineers to collaborate with foreign counterparts, including barriers to collaboration and access to scientific information.

(d)

Report to congress

The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy shall transmit a report, to be updated every 2 years, to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, and to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate. The report shall also be made available to the public on the reporting agency’s website. The report shall contain a description of—

(1)

the priorities and policies established under subsection (c)(2);

(2)

the ongoing and new partnerships established since the last update to the report;

(3)

the means by which stakeholder input was received, as well as summary views of stakeholder input; and

(4)

the issues influencing the ability of United States scientists and engineers to collaborate with foreign counterparts.

Passed the House of Representatives May 19, 2015.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk