On April 28, 2010, Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance) President William Brown wrote to House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) about the preservation and use of science collections.  The letter calls for the consideration of non-federal scientific collections in government efforts regarding the management of collections.

Representative Gordon is the sponsor of a bill (HR 5116) that would reauthorize the America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science) Act.  That legislation would direct the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in consultation with relevant federal agencies, to develop policies for management and use of federal scientific collections to “improve the quality, organization, access, including online access, and long-term preservation of such collections for the benefit of the scientific enterprise.”

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