PUBLIC LAW 96-480—OCT. 21, 1980
94 STAT. 2319
(4) to provide technical assistance in response to requests from State and local government officials. Agencies which have established organizational structures outside their Federal laboratories which have as their principal purpose the transfer of federally owned or originated technology to State and local government and to the private sector may elect to perform the functions of this subsection in such organizational structures. No Office of Research and Technology Applications or other organizational structures performing the functions of this subsection shall substantially compete with similar services available in the private sector. (d) CENTER FOR THE UTIUZATION OF FEDERAL TECHNOLOGY.—There Establishment.
is hereby established in the Department of Commerce a Center for the Utilization of Federal Technology. The Center for the Utilization of Federal Technology shall— (1) serve as a central clearinghouse for the collection, dissemination and transfer of information on federally owned or originated technologies having potential application to State and local governments and to private industry; (2) coordinate the activities of the Offices of Research and Technology Applications of the Federal laboratories; (3) utilize the expertise and services of the National Science Foundation and the existing Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer; particularly in dealing with State and local governments; (4) receive requests for technical assistance from State and local governments and refer these requests to the appropriate Federal laboratories; (5) provide funding, at the discretion of the Secretary, for Federal laboratories to provide the assistance specified in subsection (c)(4); and (6) use appropriate technology transfer mechanisms such as personnel exchanges and computer-based systems. (e) AGENCY REPORTING.—Each Federal agency which operates or directs one or more Federal laboratories shall prepare biennially a report summarizing the activities performed by that agency and its Federal laboratories pursuant to the provisions of this section. The report shall be transmitted to the Center for the Utilization of Federal Technology by November 1 of each year in which it is due. SEC. 12. NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY MEDAL. 15 USC 3711. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.—There is hereby established a National Technology Medal, which shall be of such design and materials and bear such inscriptions as the President, on the basis of recommendations submitted by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, may prescribe. Qo) AWARD.—The President shall periodically award the medal, on the basis of recommendations received from the Secretary or on the basis of such other information and evidence as he deems appropriate, to individuals or companies, which in his judgment are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the promotion of technology or technological manpower for the improvement of the economic, environmental, or social well-being of the United States. (c) PRESENTATION.—The presentation of the award shall be made by the President with such ceremonies as he may deem proper.