Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to testify
today. I believe the Networking and
Information Technology Research and Development Act shows that our dialogue on
the important field of information technology research over the past year has
been productive and bipartisan. We
are making progress.
I testified in October, Congressman Pickering asked me to "show him the
money." In February the President
presented his FY 2000 R&D budget which included a $366 million increment for
the Information Technology Initiative. In
Rep. Pickering's words, we showed you the money, and we increased the federal
investment in information technology R&D by roughly 28% in a very
constrained overall balanced budget.
March, the Subcommittee asked for a plan that would ensure the taxpayers get the
best possible rate of return on information technology investments.
have since received an implementation plan that shows:
What we will spend these investments on - long-term
fundamental research / advanced
computing infrastructure / and social, economic,
and workforce impacts of information technology;
Which agencies have the unique combinations of
mission / experience / and
expertise / to make this Initiative work, and;
How we propose to manage and allocate the funding - through a process based on the principles
of open competition and peer review that emphasizes the integration of research
I am pleased that our plan and your bill share that important
I now believe the Administration and your Committee are very close to agreement on an Information Technology Plan to lead us into the 21st Century.
the spirit of continuing our dialogue, my testimony will cover some areas where
we believe H.R. 2086 could be improved, but I am confident we can rapidly reach
agreement in areas where we differ.
drawn on the unique strengths of many different agencies working in concert to
build U.S. leadership in information technology.
Clearly, this integrated multiagency program should continue. The
Administration believes that the Department of Defense and the National
Institutes of Health, should be included in your legislation.
DOD, DARPA in particular, has played a central role in developing the
Internet and supporting fundamental advances in computing / and the defense
agencies continue to be a vital part of the Federal IT R&D program.
Progress in biomedical research at NIH increasingly depends on advances
in computing, a point stressed by an independent advisory committee report to
want to work with you to develop support for ensuring these agencies receive
support for information technology-related research, and that their efforts are
integrated into a national plan. The
bill should explicitly authorize the ongoing interagency coordination initiated
under the original HPC Act, and should authorize the agencies to coordinate in
the new areas of research proposed in the bill.
Administration is also very concerned that H.R. 2086 provides insufficient
levels of funding for DOE's support of new programs in terascale computing
infrastructure and for other information technology research in DOE.
We share your conviction that our civilian research community needs
greater access to state-of-the art computers and the unique expertise needed to
employ them in solving research problems in areas such as material science, microelectronics,
climate modeling, and combustion. Over the past year DOE and NSF have worked together to
develop an implementation plan that would provide complementary terascale
computing facilities to the nation's science and engineering communities.
has extensive experience and technical capabilities in managing the acquisition
and operation of large, complex user facilities where much of the research of
our university faculty and their students are carried out.
It has a history of making first-of-a-kind computer facilities available
to the research community. It has
experience in managing large multidisciplinary scientific and engineering teams
focused on solutions to critical national problems.
can only achieve our shared vision of providing enhanced computational
capabilities and research tools to our nation's science and engineering
communities to solve extremely complex problems if we bring the full complement
of technical assets in the federal government to bear on this important
initiative. That means DOE has to play a major role.
also have some other concerns that are contained in my written testimony, and I
look forward to working with you to address them.
technology is a powerful tool to achieve every national goal, including a
world-class education system / a strong defense / access to affordable
high-quality health care / and improved quality of life for all Americans.
Information technology will revolutionize our national science and
engineering R&D strategy. In
fact, we can realistically project that by the year 2005 / end-to-end
computations 1,000 times more powerful than those of today / will be achieved.
is, if the funding is provided. / I
am concerned about the signs I am currently seeing from Appropriators.
So far we have seen:
$25 million slashed from DOD's
participation in IT2
DOE's IT2 portion
And disturbing signals from the
VA/HUD Appropriators on NSF and NASA funding for information technology
Chairman, we share a conviction that an expanded investment in information
technology research is a critical investment in our country's future.
I look forward to working with the Committee to ensure that the
appropriators are fully informed of the importance of these investments.
a partnership to stimulate scientific discovery and new technologies will take
America into the new century well-equipped for the challenges and opportunities
that lie ahead.
look forward to working with you to expeditiously resolve any differences and to
push for strong bipartisan support and final passage of this important
Thank you for the
opportunity to work with you in this critical effort.