Office of the Press Secretary

August 3, 1994


Washington -- President Clinton today announced the membership of a private-sector committee to advise him on major science and technology issues and to help guide federal investments in science and technology toward national goals. The 18-member President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is composed of top-level representatives from industry, education and research institutions, and nongovernmental organizations.

"I am very pleased to name these eminent scientists, engineers, business leaders, and educators as some of my key advisors," the President said. "Drawn from a cross-section of America, they will help ensure that our science and technology policies reflect our nation's needs: health; prosperity based on long-term economic growth and technological investment; national security; environmental responsibility; and improved quality of life.

The appointment of private-sector advisors to the President highlights the Administration's goal of fostering public/private partnerships to achieve national science and education goals. "To achieve our goals, we must strengthen partnerships with industry, with state and local governments, and with schools, colleges and universities across the country," said President Clinton. "My goal for this committee is to help encourage those partnerships."

President Clinton established the PCAST by Executive Order in November 1993. Its members have established track records of significant achievement and represent the diverse perspectives and expertise in the U.S. science and technology establishment. The committee is co-Chaired by John H. Gibbons, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and by John A. Young, former President and CEO of the Hewlett-Packard Company.

The PCAST will advise the President both directly and through the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. The committee will also serve as a formal channel for private sector advice to the National Science and Technology Council. The NSTC is a cabinet-level council, chaired by the President, that coordinates science and technology policies and programs across federal agencies. The PCAST will ensure the private sector perspective is included in that policy-making process.