In the UK, the Government Office for Science conducted a review to provide information about the current state of the the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) community, propose a vision for the future of the profession and highlight priorities for action. You can find the report here:
You can find more information on this report here.
You should also read today’s article in the guardian by the outgoing UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir John Beddington. There is also an interview of Sir Beddington at the Civil Service World website.
And if you want to read an opinion on his legacy, Research Fortnight has written an article on him.
UPDATE2: Prof Sir John Beddington warns of floods, droughts and storms here (25/03/2013).
UPDATE3: In praise of … John Beddington at the Guardian (26/03/2013).