The OSTP Director chaired the NSTC's predecessor, the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology (FCCSET
"It Ain't Broke, But Why Not FCCSET
?" Science 251 (February 15): 737-738.
Multiple agencies will receive funding through FCCSET
's High Performance Computing and Communication Program, which aims to develop compatible computer and telecommunications systems for use in a high-speed network.
One of his proudest achievements, Bromley says, is the revitalization of FCCSET
. Established by Congress in 1976, FCCSET
was supposed to assemble representatives of the various federal agencies involved in science and technology so they could coordinate their activities.
The success so far of the FCCSET
planning process has prompted the administration to start planning for the future.
Reviewing the plan set forth by the FCCSET
, Gordon Bell has noted that, "A highly aggressive, imaginative industry could view the Network as the major, large scale, social experiment of this century - an experiment that could strategically position that industry for dynamic growth in the twenty-first century"[2, 36].
The executive order also states that NSTC oversees the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology (FCCSET
), the National Space Council, and the National Critical Materials Council, none of which have been active since the NSTC was created.
Based on my personal experience, I am glad to see the fall of FCCSET
because I always thought it was a dreadful bore and very ineffective.
Allying himself with OMB, he said: "Decisions made in the FCCSET
[parent organization of CEES] remain made, and don't come unstuck under the final pressures of budget discussions" (Palca, 1991).
Consider the implications of all of the FCCSET
initiatives, not only the High Performance Computing and Communications initiative.
Guyford Stever (1974-1977); Science Adviser to the President; Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Carter Frank Press (1977-198 1); Science and Technology Advisor to the President; Director, OSTP; Chair, FCCSET
Reagan George Keyworth, 11 (1981-1985), Science Adviser to the President; Director, OSTP William R.
The third major reform contained in our bill is to replace the Federal Coordinating Council on Science, Engineering, and Technology (FCCSET
) with a National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in the Executive Office of the President.