Lewis Branscomb Explains How Dukakis Will Bolster Research

Branscomb The first problem is simply for the administration to organize itself to deal with issues of science and technology in a professional and effective manner. That is something that in my opinion the last several administrations have progressively been doing less and less well. Q How might this be accomplished? Will Dukakis be able to do it? Branscomb The president has to set the tone with his cabinet when he fills those jobs, but one thing that Dukakis has committed himself to is to u

The Scientist Staff
Oct 30, 1988

Branscomb The first problem is simply for the administration to organize itself to deal with issues of science and technology in a professional and effective manner. That is something that in my opinion the last several administrations have progressively been doing less and less well.

Q How might this be accomplished? Will Dukakis be able to do it?

Branscomb The president has to set the tone with his cabinet when he fills those jobs, but one thing that Dukakis has committed himself to is to use his science adviser to review senior level technical appointments to executive jobs. I think that’s absolutely essential. I don’t think that the science adviser needs a veto power. But I think all of those recommendations must pass through his office after they have cleared the White House personnel office. They should then go to the president with an attached memorandum from the science adviser...

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