The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 is legislation designed to promote research, education and innovation in science and technology, and generally improve the United States’ competitiveness in technology research and development. The act also includes funding for research and education as well as, notably, network security initiatives.
The act also promotes:
- Partnerships between industry and academia
- The expansion of cybersecurity research
- A green chemistry basic research program
- Research opportunities for graduate and high school students
This act may also be known as the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science Reauthorization Act.
In August 2007, President George W. Bush signed the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science Reauthorization Act. The law was amended and, in December 2010, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 was passed in the Senate. The bill allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to network security.
Increased funding allocated through this reauthorized bill are to go to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as well as two other American scientific organizations for the purpose of cybersecurity development and research.
The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act seeks to provide grants for secure coding language education to IT students at the university-based training level as well as for on-the-job IT cybersecurity training. The bill also includes efforts at making the distinction between scholarly publications and digital data.