Improving Science and Technology Advice for Congress

Science  14 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5537, pp. 1999-2000
DOI: 10.1126/science.1065128

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The scientific and technical problems with which Congress must deal are becoming increasingly complex. The issue is not lack of information--Congress is deluged with facts. What is needed is balanced, nonpartisan analysis and synthesis that sorts, integrates, and analyzes information in order to frame the issues, extract knowledge and insight, and lay out the range of policy options. This can best be done by a nonpartisan dedicated organization that works exclusively for Congress. Scientists and engineers, their professional societies, the business community, and individual citizens need to become actively engaged in supporting the creation of such an organization.