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The public input provided in response to this Notice will inform the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as it works with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop best practices for agencies. DATES: Responses must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 14, 2014, to be considered. SUMMARY: You may submit comments by any of the following methods. • Downloadable form/email: To aid in information collection and analysis, ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 OSTP encourages responses to be provided by filling out the downloadable form located at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/administration/ eop/ostp/library/shareyourinput and email that form, as an attachment, to: iaresearch@ostp.gov. Please include ‘‘Interagency Research Award’’ in the subject line of the message. • Fax: (202) 456–6071. • Mail: Attn: Reynolds Skaggs, Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20504. Information submitted by postal mail should allow ample time for processing by security. Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions listed, but should indicate in their responses the number of the question to which they are responding. Responses to this RFI, including the names of the authors and their institutional affiliations, if provided, may be posted online. OSTP therefore requests that no business-proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally-identifiable information be submitted in response to this RFI. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Scientists and Engineers (S&Es) who do research and development on behalf of the U.S. Government can compete for research funding through a number of mechanisms, including an interagency agreement, memorandum of understanding, grant, contract, or other transaction agreement. OSTP and STPI have observed that there exist a number of barriers with the potential to limit or prohibit the use of these and other mechanisms on an interagency basis, such as legislation, regulation, interagency agreement, agency policy, program policy, or practices. Policies and practices that can hinder interagency research awards include outright prohibitions, limitations on funding, and added administrative burdens. In addition, agencies vary with respect to the permeability of interagency research awards and this inconsistency leads to inefficiencies and occasionally redundancies. For example, some agencies allow researchers from other Federal agencies to compete for extramural funding, and provide funding to such extramural Federal laboratory employees whose proposals successfully compete for those awards. However, other agencies limit the funding provided to S&Es working in Federal laboratories under E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 52 / Tuesday, March 18, 2014 / Notices the jurisdiction of other agencies by, for example, not paying salaries or fringe benefit payments. This RFI offers the opportunity for the public to identify challenges and opportunities for improving Federal interagency research funding awards to support the best and brightest researchers. For the purposes of this RFI, interagency research awards describe one Federal agency funding the research efforts of a scientist or engineer employed by a Federal laboratory managed, owned, or operated by another Federal agency using competitive processes. To ensure each agency is funding the highest quality research and engineering projects, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is considering the potential challenges and opportunities associated with allowing all intramural S&Es, both Federal and contractually employed by Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) to compete for funding from other agencies, in addition to their own. OSTP seeks input from all stakeholders who have suggestions for best practices to minimize limitations and administrative burdens associated with interagency research awards. Through this RFI, OSTP is interested in the views of S&Es at Federal laboratories—Government Owned, Government Operated and FFRDCs— who have experienced difficulty when attempting to secure competitive research funding from an agency other than their own, as well as from others who have experience or ideas relating to the following questions: 1. As a Federal laboratory researcher, what difficulties have you experienced when attempting to secure competitive research awards from another agency? a. If known, please describe the nature of the difficulty. For example, the difficulty may have been an outright prohibition, a limitation on funding, an added administrative burden, or some other burden. b. Please describe how your agency or the other agency contributed to the difficulty, if applicable. c. If you know the source of the difficulty (legislation, regulation, interagency agreement, agency policy, program policy, practices, other), please provide details. d. 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[Release No. 34–71696; File No. SR–BX– 2014–012] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX BX, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Routing Fees March 12, 2014. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Chapter XV, Section 2 entitled ‘‘BX Options Market—Fees and Rebates.’’ Specifically, the Exchange is proposing to amend Routing Fees. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s Web site at http:// nasdaqomxbx.cchwallstreet.com, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. 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OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY


Interagency Funding for Research and Engineering Projects 
Conducted by Federal Researchers

AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy.

ACTION: Notice of Request for Information.

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SUMMARY: This Request for Information (RFI) solicits input from the 
public regarding interagency research awards via competitive grants, 
contracts, or other vehicles provided by a Federal agency to a 
researcher at a Federal laboratory that is managed, owned, or operated 
by another Federal agency. Applicable research awards include 
extramural research awards awarded to intramural researchers in Federal 
laboratories. Federal laboratories include Government-Owned, 
Government-Operated laboratories (GOGOs) and Federally Funded Research 
and Development Centers (FFRDCs). Research awards pay for research 
projects and supporting resources, including the salaries of the 
principal investigators. The public input provided in response to this 
Notice will inform the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) 
as it works with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop 
best practices for agencies.

DATES: Responses must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 14, 2014, to 
be considered.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods.
     Downloadable form/email: To aid in information collection 
and analysis, OSTP encourages responses to be provided by filling out 
the downloadable form located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/library/shareyourinput and email that form, as 
an attachment, to: iaresearch@ostp.gov. Please include ``Interagency 
Research Award'' in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: (202) 456-6071.
     Mail: Attn: Reynolds Skaggs, Office of Science and 
Technology Policy, 1650 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20504. 
Information submitted by postal mail should allow ample time for 
processing by security.
    Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to 
all questions listed, but should indicate in their responses the number 
of the question to which they are responding. Responses to this RFI, 
including the names of the authors and their institutional 
affiliations, if provided, may be posted online. OSTP therefore 
requests that no business-proprietary information, copyrighted 
information, or personally-identifiable information be submitted in 
response to this RFI. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay 
for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained 
in the response.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Scientists and Engineers (S&Es) who do research and development on 
behalf of the U.S. Government can compete for research funding through 
a number of mechanisms, including an interagency agreement, memorandum 
of understanding, grant, contract, or other transaction agreement. OSTP 
and STPI have observed that there exist a number of barriers with the 
potential to limit or prohibit the use of these and other mechanisms on 
an interagency basis, such as legislation, regulation, interagency 
agreement, agency policy, program policy, or practices. Policies and 
practices that can hinder interagency research awards include outright 
prohibitions, limitations on funding, and added administrative burdens. 
In addition, agencies vary with respect to the permeability of 
interagency research awards and this inconsistency leads to 
inefficiencies and occasionally redundancies. For example, some 
agencies allow researchers from other Federal agencies to compete for 
extramural funding, and provide funding to such extramural Federal 
laboratory employees whose proposals successfully compete for those 
awards. However, other agencies limit the funding provided to S&Es 
working in Federal laboratories under

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the jurisdiction of other agencies by, for example, not paying salaries 
or fringe benefit payments.
    This RFI offers the opportunity for the public to identify 
challenges and opportunities for improving Federal interagency research 
funding awards to support the best and brightest researchers. For the 
purposes of this RFI, interagency research awards describe one Federal 
agency funding the research efforts of a scientist or engineer employed 
by a Federal laboratory managed, owned, or operated by another Federal 
agency using competitive processes. To ensure each agency is funding 
the highest quality research and engineering projects, the Office of 
Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is considering the potential 
challenges and opportunities associated with allowing all intramural 
S&Es, both Federal and contractually employed by Federally Funded 
Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) to compete for funding from 
other agencies, in addition to their own.
    OSTP seeks input from all stakeholders who have suggestions for 
best practices to minimize limitations and administrative burdens 
associated with interagency research awards. Through this RFI, OSTP is 
interested in the views of S&Es at Federal laboratories--Government 
Owned, Government Operated and FFRDCs--who have experienced difficulty 
when attempting to secure competitive research funding from an agency 
other than their own, as well as from others who have experience or 
ideas relating to the following questions:
    1. As a Federal laboratory researcher, what difficulties have you 
experienced when attempting to secure competitive research awards from 
another agency?
    a. If known, please describe the nature of the difficulty. For 
example, the difficulty may have been an outright prohibition, a 
limitation on funding, an added administrative burden, or some other 
burden.
    b. Please describe how your agency or the other agency contributed 
to the difficulty, if applicable.
    c. If you know the source of the difficulty (legislation, 
regulation, interagency agreement, agency policy, program policy, 
practices, other), please provide details.
    d. Please describe how you were able to secure research funding 
from the other agency despite the difficulties. If you were unable to 
secure research funding, please describe why not.
    2. How has difficulty to secure research funding from other 
agencies impacted your research?
    3. Does your department or agency have a set of best practices 
related to competitive interagency research awards? If so, please 
identify the department or agency and share those best practices if 
possible.
    4. Do you have suggested guidance for agencies to improve 
consistent access to research funding for all Federal laboratory 
researchers, irrespective of departmental or agency boundaries?

Ted Wackler,
Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Director.
[FR Doc. 2014-06036 Filed 3-17-14; 8:45 am]
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