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[121 STAT. 576]
[121 STAT. 576]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

121 STAT. 576

PUBLIC LAW 110–69—AUG. 9, 2007

(6) means by which industry, trade associations, and universities could collaborate to support research on management practices and methodologies for assessing the value and risks of longer term innovation strategies; (7) means to encourage new, open, and collaborative dialogue between industry associations, regulatory authorities, management, shareholders, labor, and other concerned interests to encourage appropriate approaches to innovation risk-taking; (8) incentives to encourage participation among institutions of higher education, especially those in rural and underserved areas, to engage in innovation; (9) relevant Federal regulations that may discourage or encourage innovation; (10) all provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, including tax provisions, compliance costs, and reporting requirements, that discourage innovation; (11) the extent to which Federal funding promotes or hinders innovation; and (12) the extent to which individuals are being equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the 21st century workforce, as measured by— (A) elementary school and secondary school student academic achievement on the State academic assessments required under section 1111(b)(3) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311 (b)(3)), especially in mathematics, science, and reading, identified by ethnicity, race, and gender; (B) the rate of student entrance into institutions of higher education, identified by ethnicity, race, and gender, by type of institution, and barriers to access to institutions of higher education; (C) the rates of— (i) students successfully completing postsecondary education programs, identified by ethnicity, race, and gender; and (ii) certificates, associate degrees, and baccalaureate degrees awarded in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, identified by ethnicity, race, and gender; and (D) access to, and availability of, high quality job training programs. (b) REPORT REQUIRED.—Not later than 1 year after entering into the contract required by subsection (a) and 4 years after entering into such contract, the National Academy of Sciences shall submit to Congress a report on the study conducted under such subsection. (c) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There are authorized to be appropriated to the Office of Science and Technology Policy $1,000,000 for fiscal year 2008 for the purpose of carrying out the study required under this section. SEC. 1003. NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION MEDAL.

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Section 16 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3711) is amended— (1) in the section heading, by striking ‘‘NATIONAL MEDAL’’ and inserting ‘‘NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION MEDAL’’; and

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