After decades of growth in federal research and development (R&D) funding, these programs are slated for a one-third cut. Programs to develop technology jointly with the private sector are the focus of deeper cuts, or elimination. These actions are being taken as a result of budget policy changes by the new majority in Congress; they do not result from a rational re- examination of federal science and technology policy. These policies could have long-term consequences for high technology industries, especially in California. I review some of the events of the past year and anticipate the actions of the coming year. I also try to set out an active agenda for the science and engineering community to follow in helping make decisions at the federal level.
"Science and technology policy in the 104th Congress", Proc. SPIE 2725, Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography X, (21 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.240099; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.240099