PUBLIC LAW 100-418—AUG. 23, 1988
102 STAT. 1451
"(h) None of the activities or functions of the National Technical Contracts. Information Service which are not performed by contractors as of September 30, 1987, shall be contracted out or otherwise transferred from the Federal Government unless such transfer is expressly authorized by statute, or unless the value of all work performed under the contract and related contracts in each fiscal year does not exceed $250,000.". (2) The Secretary of Commerce shall report the Secretary's rec- Reports. ommendations for improvements in the National Technical Information Service (including methods for automating document distribution and inventory control), and any statutory changes required to make such improvements, to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives by January 31, 1989. (3) Section 11(d) of the Stevenson-Wydler Technoli^y Innovation Act of 1980, as so redesignated by section 5122(a)(l) of this part, is 15 USC 37io. amended— (A) by striking "and" at the end of paragraph (4); (B) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (5) and inserting in lieu thereof "; and"; and iO by adding at the end thereof the following new paragraph: "(6) maintain a permanent archival repository and clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of nonclassified scientific, technical, and engineering information.", (d) FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM.—There is established within the 15 USC 1533.
Department of Commerce a Commerce, Science, and Technology Fellowship Program with the stated purpose of providing a select group of employees of the executive branch of the Government with the opportunity of learning how the l^islative branch and other parts of the executive branch function through work experiences of up to one year. The Secretary of (Commerce shall report to the Reports. Congress within six months after the date of enactment of this Act on the Department of Commerce's plans for implementing such Program by March 31, 1989. SEC 5164. METRIC USAGE.
(a) FINDINGS.—Section 2 of the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 is 15 USC 205a. amended by adding at the end thereof the following new paragraphs: "(3) World trade is increasingly geared towards the metric system of measurement. "(4) Industry in the United States is often at a competitive disadvantage when dealing in international markets because of its nonstandard measurement system, and is sometimes excluded when it is unable to deliver goods which are measured in metric terms. "(5) The inherent simplicity of the metric system of measurement and standardization of weights and measures has led to major cost savings in certain industries which have converted to that system. "(6) The Federal Government has a responsibility to develop procedures and techniques to assist industry, especially small business, as it voluntarily converts to the metric system of measurement.