The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would have industry and academia get more involved in the strategic planning of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program. “To ensure that we make the most effective use of our resources and to remain a leader in these fields, it is critical that the agencies that comprise NITRD come together to develop common goals and well-defined strategies,” says Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), author of H.R. 2020, the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2009. ACM was among the organizations that endorsed the measure, which also boosts support for large-scale, long-term, interdisciplinary research in networking and information technology. Moreover, the bill supports technology transfer between government, academia, and industry; creates a task force to oversee collaborative R&D activities in cyberphysical systems; formally establishes a coordination office; and makes education of the future NIT workforce a key part of the program. The government has invested in NITRD for almost 20 years, and the program has had a positive impact on the economy and national security, adds Gordon, chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology.
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