Jackson, Shirley Ann, Ph.D.. "The Problem." Envisioning A 21st Century Science and Engineering Workforce for the United States: Tasks for University, Industry, and Government. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2003.
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Envisioning a 21st Century Science and Engineering Workforce for the United States: Tasks for University, Industry and Government
Many interested parties have issued reports on their findings and are conducting studies on this important planning issue. Key among them was the February 2001 report issued by the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century, commonly referred to as the “Hart-Rudman Report”.18 It states unequivocally:
“Second only to a weapon of mass destruction detonating in an American city, we can think of nothing more dangerous than a failure to manage properly science, technology, and education for the common good over the next quarter-century.”
Another report, “The Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization,”19 similarly warned:
“Government needs to play an active and deliberate part in expanding and deepening the pool of military, civilian, and commercial talent in science, engineering, and systems operations the nation will need to maintain its position as the number one space-faring country in the 21st century.”
In January 2001, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) placed development of federal human capital on its list of high-risk issues. Fewer than eight months later, the President’s Management Agenda20 cited workforce planning and restructuring as one of five critically needed government-wide management reforms.
The concern over the adequacy of the nation’s S&E workforce is an issue rising to the top of many federal and corporate agendas.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 5, No. 5. Washington, DC: DHHS, Feb 12, 2002.
Dr. Shelly Hymes, Executive Director, U.S. Dept. of Labor. Office of the 21st Century Workforce. Oct 24, 2001. Personal Communication.
U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Report on American Workforce [Table 5, p. 126]. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 2001