WASHINGTON—The 100th Congress has tried to set the tone of political debate in the country by moving quickly on several issues in its first few weeks. Its science panels have been equally quick to assemble their own agenda for the coming months.

One group that is certain to vie for the spotlight is a new task force on technology policy that will encompass the effect of current practices on scientific R&D in the United States.

The group, expected to be chaired by Rep. Buddy MacKay (D-Fla.), will perform its work under the auspices of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. The new chairman of that committee, Rep. Robert Roe (DN.J.), considers the study a follow-up to a review of the nation's science policy conducted during the previous Congress by Donald Fuqua, a veteran Democrat who retired in December. Its report is expected sometime this spring.

MacKay, beginning his third...

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