July 11, 2018 - The National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the Department of Education, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced the appointment of 18 members to a new advisory panel created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education, as authorized by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act.
After several years of Senate inaction, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Lamar Alexander announced the markup of a bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act). Enacted in 1984 to improve the academic and technical quality of vocational education, the Perkins Act provides federal funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs offered at the secondary or postsecondary level.
With a key Senate committee scheduled to consider legislation to reauthorize and modernize the Carl D. Perkins Act, policymakers have an opportunity to address this "skills gap" in a lasting way. This bill would prioritize existing federal education dollars for career and technical education (CTE) programs that better equip students with in demand skills.
Jun 12, 2018 - U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today announced his intent to introduce the National Quantum Initiative Act, which will position the U.S. as the global leader in Quantum Information Science (QIS). Smith is also hosting IBM’s 50-qubit quantum computer on Capitol Hill this week. This is the first demonstration and display of a quantum computer on Capitol Hill.
IBM is pushing congressional leaders to update workforce legislation aimed at helping workers get technical skills necessary from the growing number of technology-related vocational jobs. In a letter, the legacy tech giant, leading a coalition of 400 organizations, urged the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), as well as its top Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday grabbled with how to prepare the nation's infrastructure for the coming wave of self-driving vehicles. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works heard from transportation experts on the work to be done to improve both roads, broadband as well as the safety technology behind autonomous cars.
Senators are barreling toward a clash with the Trump administration over how to deter and respond to cyberattacks. The Senate is taking up annual defense policy legislation this week that would set a national policy for cybersecurity and cyber warfare, an effort the Trump administration has fought in the past, arguing it would infringe on the president’s authorities.
Facebook Inc faced criticism on Wednesday from Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers who demanded that the social media company be more forthcoming about data it has shared with four Chinese firms.
In a pair of hearings before Senate and House panels, NASA’s manager in charge of human spaceflight activities, the agency’s inspector general, and independent experts testified on the future of the International Space Station, and the White House’s plans to discontinue government funding of the orbiting research laboratory.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blasting a proposal to end funding for the International Space Station (ISS) and vowing to fight for the program. Cruz told representatives from NASA that lawmakers were united behind the program during a hearing Wednesday on the "Future of the International Space Station" before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness.