Computing Research Policy Blog

The Computing Research Association (or CRA) has been involved in shaping public policy of relevance to computing research for more than two decades. More recently the CRA Government Affairs program has enhanced its efforts to help the members of the computing research community contribute to the public debate knowledgeably and effectively.

February 2006

CRA Chair Named to PCAST

Today President Bush announced he is planning to appoint CRA Board Chair Dan Reed, to the newly-expanded membership of the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. Reed, who is Vice-Chancellor of IT and CIO for the University of North Carolina, and Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute, joins 13 other members named as […]

ACM Job Study: Despite Offshoring, IT Job Growth Should be Strong

CRA affiliate organization, the Association for Computing Machinery, today released the results of its year-long, comprehensive study on the globalization and offshoring of software. The study contains six key findings: Globalization of, and offshoring within, the software industry are deeply connected and both will continue to grow. Key enablers of this growth are information technology […]

ACI: Details of the NSF, DARPA and DOE Office of Science FY07 Requests

As promised, we’ve got some further detail on the individual agency budget requests for FY 2007 and what those requests might mean for computing research. But before diving into that, I thought I’d point out that the FY 2007 NITRD Budget Supplement produced by the NITRD National Coordinating Office is now available in a pre-print […]

First Speedbumps for President’s Competitiveness Initiative?

ACM’s Cameron Wilson has the scoop on the USACM Technology Policy Blog about some potentially troubling signs ahead for the President’s new American Competitiveness Initiative. Cameron focuses on the reaction of newly-elected House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) to a Democratic “innovation” event on the Hill today. Boehner disparaged the event and, more importantly, the […]

Interest in CS/CE Continues to Drop

On the CRA Bulletin blog, Jay Vegso has the latest data from the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA on the continuing decline in interest in computer science and computer engineering among freshman. He’s even got a (not-so) pretty chart.

President’s Budget: NSF

NSF has released its budget as well. Rather than reproduce it, here’s the NSF-produced summary table (pdf). Key points: NSF overall, up $439 million (7.9 percent); Computer and Information Science and Engineering up $30.3 million (6.1 percent); Office of Cyberinfrastructure up $55.3 million (43.5 percent); Education and Human Resources up $20 million (2.5 percent). I’ll […]

President’s Budget: NITRD Numbers for FY07

The President’s budget request for FY 2007 has just been released and we’ll be dissecting it and providing our analysis as we get through it. But I wanted to post a quick snapshot of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program, the federal government’s multi-agency IT research and development effort, because 1) it’s […]

American Competitiveness Initiative: First Numbers Posted

We have so much to catch up on in the wake of the President’s State of the Union speech and his introduction of an American Competitiveness Initiative that I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. So let me start to wade through the torrent of new material. First, the White House has posted the supporting documentation for […]