In response to the Bureau's request for an independent non- government report on the nation's helium program and an assessment of long-term needs for helium, the National Academy of Sciences provided certain conclusions, options, and alternatives. A public forum was held November 20-21, 1977, as a means of expediting the broad orientation of the specially appointed helium study committee. The report states that helium will continue to be an essential resource and that demand will be substantial in comparison with present demand. The report concludes that the present helium stored in the Cliffside field should be designated as a national strategic reserve, public policy on helium should no longer be based solely on federal government needs but on national requirements, and that the current venting of helium should be stopped. Suggested inducements to accomplish such action include certain tax incentives, government loans or government guarantee on private loans, free storage, and a government guarantee of nonintervention in the helium market through retention of the helium stockpile.