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4.073/7:95-72 AUTHORIZATION OF THE STANDARD REFERENCE DATA ACT AND REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL

BUREAU OF STANDARDS

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TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS TO CARRY OUT THE

STANDARD REFERENCE DATA ACT

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WASHINGTON : 1978

COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION

HOWARD W. CANNON, Nevada, Chairman

WARREN G. MAGNUSON, Washington

SSELL B. LONG, Louisiana
ERNEST F. HOLLINGS, South Carolina
DANIEL K. INOUYE, Hawaii
ADLAI E. STEVENSON, Illinois
WENDELL H. FORD, Kentucky
JOHN A. DURKIN, New Hampshire
EDWARD ZORINSKY, Nebraska
DONALD W. RIEGLE, JR., Michigan

JAMES B. PEARSON, Kansas
ROBERT P. GRIFFIN, Michigan
TED STEVENS, Alaska
BARRY GOLDWATER, Arizona
BOB PACKWOOD, Oregon
HARRISON H. SCHMITT, New Mexico
JOHN C. DANFORTH, Missouri

AUBREY L. SARVIS, Staff Director and Chief Counsel

EDWIN K. HALL, General Counsel

JOHN STEWART, Staj Counsel
STEVEN H. FLAJSER, Professional Staff Member
MALCOLM M. B. STERRETT, Minority Staff Director

CAROL S. LYON, Minority Staf Counsel

SUBCOMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SPACE

ADLAI E. STEVENSON, Illinois, Chairman

WENDELL H. FORD, Kentucky
RUSSELL B. LONG, Louisiana
ERNEST F. HOLLINGS, South Carolina
EDWARD ZORINSKY, Nebraska
DONALD W. RIEGLE, JR., Michigan

HARRISON H. SCHMITT, New Mexico
BARRY GOLDWATER, Arizona
ROBERT P. GRIFFIN, Michigan

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AUTHORIZATION OF THE STANDARD REFERENCE

DATA ACT AND REVIEW OF THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1978

U.S. SENATE, COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SPACE,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 9:35 a.m. in room 235, Russell Senate Office Building, Hon. Adlai E. Stevenson (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

OPENING STATEMENT BY SENATOR STEVENSON

Senator STEVENSON. This morning the Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space begins a review of the Nation's oldest national laboratory, the National Bureau of Standards (NBS).

This is the first such congressional oversight hearing for the Bureau in memory. We haven't been able to figure out when the last one was, if ever, in the Senate.

We aim to remedy that neglect. Our objective is a strong NBS which continues to contribute to the scientific and technical capabilities of the United States.

Our witnesses this morning are all from the Bureau. Our first is Dr. Ambler, who appears for the first time before the subcommittee in his capacity as permanent Director of the Bureau. They will, all of them, appear as a panel. In addition to Dr. Ambler we have Dr. John D. Hoffman, Director of the Institute for Materials Research; Dr. John W. Lyons, Director of the Institute for Applied Technology; and Mr. M. Zane Thornton, the Acting Director of the Institute for Computer Sciences and Technology. Thank you, gentlemen, for joining us, and welcome.

Can we start with your statement first, Dr. Ambler? Let me suggest that, if it's possible, that you all summarize, if you can, and we will enter the full statements in the record.

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