Tracking the Value (at Least in Jobs) of Federal Research Spending

More than five years ago, the then-White House science adviser, John H. Marburger III, asked researchers a seemingly simple question: Given the billions of tax dollars they get each year, why don't they have good data on the value of what they produce?

That question may finally be getting answered.

Sparked by job-tracking requirements in the $787-billion economic-stimulus bill