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Barbara E.

Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
July 9, 1992
(Phone: 703/557-5609)

Joe Karpinski
Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.
(Phone: 202/586-6868)

RELEASE: 92-104


To help bolster the competitiveness of American industry, the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department
of Energy (DOE) have formed an alliance to enhance the transfer of
technologies developed in their laboratories to American

"This agreement provides a solid framework and opportunity to
draw together the experience and resources of both agencies," said
NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin. "It demonstrates our
commitment to strengthen and improve interagency cooperation in
this vital area.

"We at NASA develop cutting-edge technology for our
aeronautics and space programs. We view technology transfer as a
way of life. It's one of our top priorities.

Through an agreement signed today by Goldin and DOE Secretary
James D. Watkins, the two organizations will formally collaborate
on technology transfer activities.

Areas of cooperation include outreach to business and
non-profit research organizations, access to federal technology
resources, training and education, dissemination of scientific and
technical information, and technology transfer policy and program

"Some people ask why NASA spends money in space," Goldin said,
"We don't. We spend it all on Earth -- and in the United States.
The one percent of the federal budget -- and one-quarter of one
percent of the GNP -- we invest in NASA is a vital investment in
our nation's competitiveness."

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NASA and DOE are among the federal agencies carrying out the
National Technology Initiative (NIT), a nationwide series of
conferences aimed at raising business awareness of opportunities
to use federal research resources to develop competitive

"One of the benefits of the NTI has been the unprecedented
level of cooperation in commercializing technologies it has
produced among the federal agencies with research programs,"
Secretary of Energy Watkins said. "Through this agreement, DOE
and NASA are putting in place formal procedures that will help
assure that cooperation between our two agencies continues for the
benefit of American competitiveness."

The agreement identifies the organizational units within each
agency that will be responsible for implementing cooperation in
technology transfer. NASA's Office of Commercial Programs'
Technology Transfer Division conducts NASA's technology transfer
effort, with program elements that include six Regional Technology
Centers, the NASA field centers, the Computer Software Management
and Information Center, the Technology Application Center and the
NASA Technology Applications Team.

At DOE, the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor and
the Office of Technology Utilization oversees technology
commercialization. The department's cooperative research with
private partners is carried out primarily by DOE's network of