APPENDIX B Legislative Request for the Study

OMNIBUS TRADE AND COMPETITIVENESS ACT (P.L. 100-418)

"(2) The Committee shall render to the Secretary and the Congress such additional reports on specific policy matters as it deems appropriate.

"(c) NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING STUDY OF GOVERNMENT-INDUSTRY COOPERATION IN CIVILIAN TECHNOLOGY.—

"(1) Within 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce shall enter into contracts with the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering for a thorough review of the various types of arrangements under which the private sector in the United States and the Federal Government cooperate in civilian research and technology transfer, including activities to create or apply generic, nonproprietary technologies. The purpose of the review is to provide the Secretary and Congress with objective information regarding the uses, strengths, and limitations of the various types of cooperative technology arrangements that have been used in the United States. The review is to provide both an analysis of the ways in which these arrangements can help improve the technological performance and international competitiveness of the United States industry, and also to provide the Academies' recommendations regarding ways to im-



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