Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. June 20, 2013.
Science and technology have a pervasive influence over a wide range of issues confronting the nation. Public and private research and development spurs scientific and technological advancement. Such advances can drive economic growth, help address national priorities, and improve health and quality of life. The constantly changing nature and ubiquity of science and technology frequently creates public policy issues of congressional interest. This report briefly outlines an array of science and technology policy issues that may come before the 113th Congress.
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43114.pdf [PDF format, 42 pages].
U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. June 2013.
Innovation and creativity have always been the foundation of the U.S. economy, and effective enforcement of intellectual property rights enables the U.S. to promote economic growth, ensure global competitiveness, and protect the health and safety of American citizens. This report, the second Joint Strategic Plan, contains a report on the progress made since the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator was established and the Administration’s first Joint Strategic Plan was issued in June 2010, and will guide activities and provide a roadmap over the next three years.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/IPEC/2013-us-ipec-joint-strategic-plan.pdf [PDF format, 92 pages].
The Brookings Institution. June 10, 2013.
Workers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields play a direct role in driving economic growth. Yet, because of how the STEM economy has been defined, policymakers have mainly focused on supporting workers with at least a bachelor’s (BA) degree, overlooking a strong potential workforce of those with less education but substantial STEM skills. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
Brookings Institution. May 23, 2013.
Digital connectivity is the most powerful driver of social and economic change the world has seen. The Internet will connect an estimated 5 billion people by 2020. That many already use cell phones. Connectivity is reshaping the landscape we inhabit, changing the ways we communicate, learn and do business. It is behind the world’s most transformative trends, including an unprecedented empowerment of the individual. The free flow of data is a core element of the Internet that has underpinned this growth in connectivity, innovation and productivity. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
Natural Resources Defense Council. April 2013.
Improving the energy efficiency of our manufacturing facilities, buildings, and homes can help us meet our energy challenges affordably. It can save consumers money on their energy bills, drive business competitiveness and economic growth and jobs, enhance grid reliability and flexibility, and help protect public health and the environment. Combined heat and power (CHP) systems are strong examples of how energy-efficiency technologies can help achieve these significant benefits for end-user facilities, utilities, and communities. As the case studies featured in this report illustrate, CHP systems are extremely versatile and can be used in a spectrum of industries and facilities, including advanced manufacturing, chemical production, food processing, primary metals, data centers, hotels, multifamily housing, district energy, health care, landfills, and farms. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.nrdc.org/energy/files/combined-heat-power-IP.pdf [PDF format, 33 pages].