The Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program: Funding Issues and Activities

This report discusses federal funding for IT research and development. Proponents assert that federal support of IT R&D has produced positive outcomes for the country and played a crucial role in supporting long-term research into fundamental aspects of computing. Critics assert that the government, through its funding mechanisms, may be

picking “winners and losers” in technological development, a role more properly residing

with the private sector.