Lujan Grisham Secures Tech Transfer, Diversity Provisions in Military Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham successfully included two provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, one that encourages more tech transfer to create jobs and one that promotes more diversity within the Air Force civilian workforce. Both provisions are important to the large national laboratory and military presence in New Mexico.
The defense policy bill passed today. The Senate is considering its version of the legislation.
“The national laboratories and military bases in New Mexico are critical to our national security and make up a large economic footprint in the state,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. “As we strengthen the missions of those institutions, it is important to continually leverage those investments to the benefit of New Mexico’s economy.”
Rep. Lujan Grisham included an amendment in the bill that encourages partnerships between the DOD, DOE, and the private sector to facilitate the licensure, transfer, and commercialization of innovative technologies.
“Our federal laboratories have a huge potential to re-energize domestic manufacturing, create high-paying jobs, and transform our economy,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. “I want the Defense and Energy Departments to work closely together to ensure a more robust tech-transfer program.
“It’s not government or private sector; it’s government and private sector—working together to create opportunities that have led to the development of many products in the marketplace today, including batteries powering electric vehicles, internet servers, and GPS.”
Rep. Lujan Grisham also included an amendment that requires the Secretary of the Air Force to brief Congress on efforts to increase diversity in the civilian workforce.
“I have worked directly with military and community leaders to address the lack of diversity among the civilian workforce at Kirtland Air Force Base,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said. “In order to address this issue, we need leadership from the top. I look forward working with the Secretary of Air Force to make diversity a priority.”