Yesterday Bart Gordon (D-TN), chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology, announced his agenda for the second session of the 111th Congress. Topping his list: reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act, first signed into law in 2007. As we covered at the time, there was a lot that act for HPC, including new money for the NSF and the DOE, as well as funding for STEM education and expanded powers for PCAST. But the big HPC news was that COMPETES incorporated the High-Performance Computing Research and Development Act, originally proposed in the 106th Congress.
“The America COMPETES Act is critical to our nation’s long-term economic competitiveness,” said Gordon. “This legislation is a key priority for the Committee. Our first hearing of the year tomorrow will be to get the perspective of the business community on the reauthorization, and I look forward to hearing their opinion of COMPETES’ effect on U.S. innovation and the workforce.”
Hopefully the reauthorization will have even more for HPC this time around.