Led by Representative Bart Gordon of Tennessee, the Members of the House Committee on Science and Technology are tenured, knowledgeable and committed to careful oversight of the Committee's far-reaching jurisdiction.
That jurisdiction includes all non-defense federal scientific research and development (R&D) at a number of federal agencies, including (either completely or in part): National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Fire Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The Committee is responsible for overseeing research and development programs at all of these federal agencies. Our Members understand that scientific advancement is one of the keys to U.S. competitiveness in a global marketplace. Though federal budgets have not been kind to R&D in recent years, Committee Members are committed to increasing awareness of the importance of a sustained R&D commitment as well as responsible federal budgeting. We understand that productivity drives economic growth and new technology drives productivity. If we don't invest in tools that help our businesses and manufacturers compete, they can't create jobs.
The Committee was established in the wake of the Russian launch of Sputnik in 1957 and in the beginning it was primarily focused on space exploration. In 1959, the Committee became the first new permanent committee established in the House since 1892. Over the years, the Committee's jurisdiction grew to include almost all non-defense federal scientific research and development [ House Rule X(1)(o) ]:
The Committee also has special authority to "review and study on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities relating to nonmilitary research and development." [ House Rule X(3)(k) ]Error processing SSI file