Outlook for Expanding the Federal Research in Progress System.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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A study of the federal governments research and development RD efforts in the areas of new materials, electronic devices, and biotechnology was requested. There is concern about the lack of a central source of information on federal funding for these technologies and requested that GAO study the system that federal agencies use to catalogue ongoing RD projects. GAO focused a review on the National Technical Information Services NTIS Federal Research in Progress System FEDRIP and how the information systems of the major federal RD agencies relate to FEDRIP. The overall objective was to review the outlook for making FEDRIP a comprehensive source of information on government-funded RD. A more detailed description of the objectives, scope, and methodology is contained in enclosure I. An expansion of FEDRIP could be difficult to achieve. To make FEDRIP a comprehensive RD data base, all applicable agencies would have to report both project and funding information to NTIS. Such a change would not necessarily make it easier to determine overall federal funding levels for particular areas of technology. Budget information and congressional correspondence is included.
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