White House calls for unified R&D spending

Agencies should look at ways to combine their individual R&D efforts, including projects involving networking and computer science, according to a White House memorandum issued earlier this month.

Signed by John Marburger, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Joshua Bolten, director of the Office of Management and Budget, the memo outlines what the White House and OMB want to see in future R&D project proposals.

The memo also stresses the need for agencies to coordinate R&D efforts wherever possible, both to cut down on duplicative and low-payoff projects and to get in step with goals set by the interagency National Science and Technology Council. High-end computing and networking is one of the areas highlighted. 'Investments in high-end computing and cyber infrastructure R&D should be given higher relative priority due to their potential for broad impact,' the document states.

To read the memo, go to www.gcn.com and enter 452 in the GCN.com/box.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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