Office of Science and Technology Policy – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Request for Information on the Energy and Climate Implications of Digital Assets
Document Number: 2022-06284
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-25
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The United States is committed to combatting the climate crisis and reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050. On March 9, 2022, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets, which outlines a whole-of-government strategy to harness the benefits and mitigate the risks of digital assets, including the implications for energy use and the climate. The Executive Order tasked the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to submit a report to the President that examines the potential for digital assets to impede or advance efforts to tackle climate change and the transition to a clean and reliable electricity grid. As OSTP conducts this examination, it invites comments from interested stakeholders, including the public. In particular, this RFI seeks comments on the protocols, hardware, resources, economics, and other factors that shape the energy use and climate impacts of all types of digital assets. It also seeks comment on attempts to mitigate climate harms and reduce energy use associated with digital assets, potential energy or climate benefits from digital assets and opportunities for natural asset or emissions accounting, likely future developments or industry trajectories related to digital assets, and implications that digital assets have for U.S. policy including as it relates to electricity grid reliability and greenhouse gas intensity.
Request for Information (RFI) on Strengthening Community Health Through Technology; Correction
Document Number: 2022-02289
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-04
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
OSTP published a document in the Federal Register of January 5, 2022, requesting input on how digital health technologies are used, or could be used in the future, to transform community health, individual wellness, and health equity. The document closing date was stated as February 28, 2022. We are extending the closing date to March 31, 2022 to allow more time for input.
Request for Information to the Update of the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan
Document Number: 2022-02161
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-02
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy, on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (Select Committee), the NSTC Machine Learning and AI Subcommittee (MLAI-SC), the National AI Initiative Office (NAIIO), and the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office (NCO), requests input from all interested parties on updating the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan. Through this Request for Information (RFI), OSTP, the Select Committee, NAIIO, and NITRD NCO seek input from the public, including academic, State, and industry groups; those directly performing Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and development (R&D); and those directly affected by such R&D, on the ways in which the strategic plan should be revised and improved. The public input provided in response to this RFI will assist OSTP, the Select Committee, MLAI-SC, NAIIO, and NITRD NCO in updating the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan.
Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2022-00802
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-18
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy publishes the names of the members selected to serve on its SES Performance Review Board (PRB).
Request for Information (RFI) on Strengthening Community Health Through Technology
Document Number: 2021-28193
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-05
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) requests input from community health stakeholders, technology developers, and other interested parties about how digital health technologies are used, or could be used in the future, to transform community health, individual wellness, and health equity. This request is part of an initiative led by OSTP dedicated to Community Connected Healthan effort that will explore and act upon how innovation in science and technology can lower the barriers for all Americans to accessing quality healthcare and lead healthier lives by meeting people where they are in their communities. We are particularly interested in information from community-based health settings and about populations traditionally underserved by healthcare. To support this effort, OSTP seeks information about: Successful models of strengthening community health through digital health technologies within the United States and abroad, barriers to uptake, trends from the COVID-19 pandemic, how user experience is measured, need for tools and training, ideas for potential government action, and effects on health equity.
National Nanotechnology Initiative Meetings
Document Number: 2021-27344
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-17
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will facilitate stakeholder discussions of targeted nanotechnology topics through workshops and webinars, as well as community of community of research and network meetings between the publication date of this Notice and December 31, 2022.
Orbital Debris Research and Development Interagency Working Group Listening Sessions
Document Number: 2021-27331
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-17
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is organizing a series of virtual listening sessions to hear about ideas, issues, and potential solutions related to the problem of orbital debris from members of the public who have an interest or stake in orbital debris research and development. Perspectives gathered during the virtual listening sessions will inform the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Orbital Debris Research and Development Interagency Working Group (ODRAD IWG) as it develops a government-wide orbital debris implementation plan, examining R&D activities as well as other considerations such as policy levers, international engagements, and other ideas outside of R&D solutions that may help build a cohesive implementation strategy. The implementation plan is a continuation of work done for the National Orbital Debris Research and Development Plan (January 2021), which was a response to Space Policy Directive3 (June 2018), directing the United States to lead the management of traffic and mitigate the effects of debris in space.
Orbital Debris Research and Development Interagency Working Group Listening Sessions; Withdrawal
Document Number: 2021-27248
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-15
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published a document in the Federal Register of December 10, 2021, regarding two meetings. These meetings have been cancelled and will be rescheduled. OSTP will publish an updated notice with the rescheduled information in the future.
Orbital Debris Research and Development Interagency Working Group Listening Sessions
Document Number: C1-2021-26729
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-14
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Prospectus for its National Global Change Research Plan 2022-2031; Correction
Document Number: 2021-27037
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-14
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy published a document in the Federal Register of December 6, 2021, concerning request for comments on a prospectus for the National Global Change Research Plan. The document did not include necessary web links.
Orbital Debris Research and Development Interagency Working Group Listening Sessions
Document Number: 2021-26729
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is organizing a series of virtual listening sessions to hear about ideas, issues, and potential solutions related to the problem of orbital debris from members of the public who have an interest or stake in orbital debris research and development. Perspectives gathered during the virtual listening sessions will inform the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Orbital Debris Research and Development Interagency Working Group (ODRAD IWG) as it develops a government-wide orbital debris implementation plan, examining R&D activities as well as other considerations such as policy levers, international engagements, and other ideas outside of R&D solutions that may help build a cohesive implementation strategy. The implementation plan is a continuation of work done for the National Orbital Debris Research and Development Plan (January 2021), which was a response to Space Policy Directive3 (June 2018), directing the United States to lead the management of traffic and mitigate the effects of debris in space.
Notice of Request for Information (RFI) on Public and Private Sector Uses of Biometric Technologies
Document Number: 2021-21975
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-08
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) requests input from interested parties on past deployments, proposals, pilots, or trials, and current use of biometric technologies for the purposes of identity verification, identification of individuals, and inference of attributes including individual mental and emotional states. The purpose of this RFI is to understand the extent and variety of biometric technologies in past, current, or planned use; the domains in which these technologies are being used; the entities making use of them; current principles, practices, or policies governing their use; and the stakeholders that are, or may be, impacted by their use or regulation. OSTP encourages input on both public and private sector use cases.
National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing; Request for Information
Document Number: 2021-21644
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-05
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), Committee on Technology, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing, OSTP requests input from all interested parties on the development of a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. Through this RFI, OSTP seeks input from the public, on ways to improve government coordination, and on long-term guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including: Advanced manufacturing research and development that will create jobs, grow the economy across multiple industrial sectors, strengthen national security, enhance sustainability, contribute to climate change challenges, and improve health care. The public input provided in response to this RFI will inform OSTP and NSTC as they work with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop the strategic plan.
Request for Information (RFI) on an Implementation Plan for a National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource
Document Number: 2021-17737
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-18
Agency: National Science Foundation, Agencies and Commissions, Office of Science and Technology Policy
On July 23, 2021, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) published in the Federal Register a document entitled ``Request for Information (RFI) on an Implementation Plan for a National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource'' and invited comments to inform the work of the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force (``Task Force''). The Task Force has been directed by Congress to develop an implementation roadmap for a shared research infrastructure that would provide Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers and students across scientific disciplines with access to computational resources, high- quality data, educational tools, and user support. In response to requests by prospective commenters that they would benefit from additional time to adequately consider and respond to the RFI, OSTP and NSF have determined that an extension of the comment period until October 1, 2021, is appropriate.
Request for Information (RFI) on an Implementation Plan for a National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource
Document Number: 2021-15660
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-23
Agency: National Science Foundation, Agencies and Commissions, Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation are issuing this Request for Information (RFI) to inform the work of the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force (``Task Force''). The Task Force has been directed by Congress to develop an implementation roadmap for a shared research infrastructure that would provide Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers and students across scientific disciplines with access to computational resources, high-quality data, educational tools, and user support.
Public Listening Sessions on Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking
Document Number: 2021-15309
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-07-20
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is organizing a series of three virtual listening sessions to hear about issues and concerns related to scientific integrity from members of the public who produce, communicate, and use scientific and technical information. Perspectives gathered during the virtual listening sessions will inform the assessment of Federal agencies' scientific-integrity policies and identification of best practices and lessons-learned that the National Science and Technology Council's Task Force on Scientific Integrity is preparing, pursuant to the January 2021 Presidential Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking.
National Nanotechnology Initiative Meetings
Document Number: 2021-02224
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-03
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will facilitate stakeholder discussions of targeted nanotechnology topics through workshops, webinars, and Community of Interest meetings between the publication date of this Notice and December 31, 2021.
Implementing the Freedom of Information Act
Document Number: 2020-22375
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-04
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), after consideration of the public comments submitted in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published on October 31, 2018, is amending its regulations to implement the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. The regulations reflect OSTP's policy and practices and reaffirm its commitment to providing the fullest possible disclosure of records to the public.
Request for Information: National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Planning
Document Number: 2020-22556
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-13
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), seeks public input to inform the development of the 2021 National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Strategic Plan. A restructuring of the NNI is under consideration, and the NSET Subcommittee seeks feedback from the community to help identify effective mechanisms, strategies for communication, and priority topics to shape the future directions.
Notice of Request for Information on Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Resilience
Document Number: 2020-17399
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-10
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Subcommittee on Resilience Science and Technology (SRST), OSTP requests input from all interested parties on the development of a National Research and Development Plan for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Resilience. The plan will focus on the research and development (R&D) and pilot testing needed to develop additional PNT systems and services that are resilient to interference and manipulation and that are not dependent upon global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). The plan will also include approaches to integrate and use multiple PNT services for enhancing resilience. The input received on these topics will assist the Subcommittee in developing recommendations for prioritization of R&D activities.
Request for Information: Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research
Document Number: 2020-06622
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-31
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
OSTP, and the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Subcommittee on Open Science (SOS), are engaged in ongoing efforts to facilitate implementation and compliance with the 2013 memorandum Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research and to address recommended actions made by the Government Accountability Office in a November 2019 report. OSTP and the SOS continue to explore opportunities to increase access to unclassified published research, digital scientific data, and code supported by the U.S. Government. This RFI aims to provide all interested individuals and organizations with the opportunity to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications, data, and code that result from federally funded scientific research.
Request for Information: Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research
Document Number: 2020-04538
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-05
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
OSTP, and the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Subcommittee on Open Science (SOS), are engaged in ongoing efforts to facilitate implementation and compliance with the 2013 memorandum Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research \1\ and to address recommended actions made by the Government Accountability Office in a November 2019 report.\2\ OSTP and the SOS continue to explore opportunities to increase access to unclassified published research, digital scientific data, and code supported by the U.S. Government. This RFI aims to provide all interested individuals and organizations with the opportunity to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications, data, and code that result from federally funded scientific research.
Request for Public Comment on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting From Federally Funded Research
Document Number: 2020-04530
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-05
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public comments on a draft set of desirable characteristics of data repositories used to locate, manage, share, and use data resulting from Federally funded research. The purpose of this effort is to identify and help Federal agencies provide more consistent information on desirable characteristics of data repositories for data subject to agency Public Access Plans and data management and sharing policies, whether those repositories are operated by government or non- governmental entities. Optimization and improved consistency in agency- provided information for data repositories is expected to reduce the burden for researchers. Feedback obtained through this Request for Comments (RFC) will help to inform coordinated agency action.
Request for Information: Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code Resulting From Federally Funded Research
Document Number: 2020-03189
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-19
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
OSTP, and the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Subcommittee on Open Science (SOS), are engaged in ongoing efforts to facilitate implementation and compliance with the 2013 memorandum Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research \1\ and to address recommended actions made by the Government Accountability Office in a November 2019 report.\2\ OSTP and the SOS continue to explore opportunities to increase access to unclassified published research, digital scientific data, and code supported by the U.S. Government. This RFI aims to provide all interested individuals and organizations with the opportunity to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications, data, and code that result from federally funded scientific research.
Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2020-01390
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-28
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy publishes the names of the members selected to serve on its SES Performance Review Board (PRB).
National Nanotechnology Initiative Meetings
Document Number: 2020-01302
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-27
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will facilitate stakeholder discussion of targeted nanotechnology topics through workshops, webinars, and Community of Interest meetings between the publication date of this Notice and December 31, 2020.
Request for Public Comment on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting From Federally Funded Research
Document Number: 2020-00689
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-17
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public comments on a draft set of desirable characteristics of data repositories used to locate, manage, share, and use data resulting from Federally funded research. The purpose of this effort is to identify and help Federal agencies provide more consistent information on desirable characteristics of data repositories for data subject to agency Public Access Plans and data management and sharing policies, whether those repositories are operated by government or non- governmental entities. Optimization and improved consistency in agency- provided information for data repositories is expected to reduce the burden for researchers. Feedback obtained through this Request for Comments (RFC) will help to inform coordinated agency action.
Request for Information on the American Research Environment
Document Number: 2019-27165
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-17
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC's) Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE), the OSTP requests input on actions that Federal agencies can take, working in partnership with private industry, academic institutions, and non- profit/philanthropic organizations, to maximize the quality and effectiveness of the American research environment. Specific emphasis is placed on ensuring that the research environment is welcoming to all individuals and enables them to work safely, efficiently, ethically, and with mutual respect, consistent with the values of free inquiry, competition, openness, and fairness.
Request for Information on the American Research Environment
Document Number: 2019-25604
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-26
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC's) Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE), the OSTP requests input on actions that Federal agencies can take, working in partnership with private industry, academic institutions, and non- profit/philanthropic organizations, to maximize the quality and effectiveness of the American research environment. Specific emphasis is placed on ensuring that the research environment is welcoming to all individuals and enables them to work safely, efficiently, ethically, and with mutual respect, consistent with the values of free inquiry, competition, openness, and fairness.
Request for Information on the Bioeconomy
Document Number: 2019-19470
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-09-10
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) requests input from all interested parties on the U.S. Bioeconomy. The Bioeconomy represents the infrastructure, innovation, products, technology, and data derived from biologically-related processes and science that drive economic growth, promote health, and increase public benefit. Through this Request for Information (RFI), OSTP seeks input from the public, including those with capital investments, performing innovative research, or developing enabling platforms and applications in the field of biological sciences, to include healthcare, medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, manufacturing, energy production, and agriculture. This RFI will inform notable gaps, vulnerabilities, and areas to promote and protect in the U.S. Bioeconomy that may benefit from Federal government attention. The information can include suggestions on those areas of greatest priority within the Bioeconomy, as well as past or future Federal government efforts to build, promote, and sustain the U.S. Bioeconomy. The public input provided in response to this RFI will inform the Executive Office of the President as well as private sector, academia, non-governmental entities, and other stakeholders with interest in and expertise relating to the promotion of a Bioeconomy ecosystem encompassing shared values and core American principles.
National Research Strategy for the President's Roadmap To Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS)
Document Number: 2019-14138
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-07-03
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
To advance the President's vision of a National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Suicide, OSTP and VA will lead development of a National Research Strategy to improve the coordination, monitoring, benchmarking, and execution of public- and private-sector research related to the factors that contribute to veteran suicide. Through this RFI, we seek input on ways to increase knowledge about factors influencing suicidal behaviors and ways to prevent suicide; inform the development of a robust and forward looking research agenda; coordinate relevant research efforts across the Nation; and measure progress on these efforts. The public input provided in response to this RFI will inform the Veteran Wellness, Empowerment, and Suicide Prevention Task Force, who will develop and implement the National Research Strategy.
National Research Strategy for the President's Roadmap To Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS)
Document Number: 2019-13476
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-25
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
To advance the President's vision of a National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Suicide, OSTP and VA will lead development of a National Research Strategy to improve the coordination, monitoring, benchmarking, and execution of public- and private-sector research related to the factors that contribute to veteran suicide. Through this RFI, we seek input on ways to increase knowledge about factors influencing suicidal behaviors and ways to prevent suicide; inform the development of a robust and forward looking research agenda; coordinate relevant research efforts across the Nation; and measure progress on these efforts. The public input provided in response to this RFI will inform the Veteran Wellness, Empowerment, and Suicide Prevention Task Force, who will develop and implement the National Research Strategy.
National Research Strategy for the President's Roadmap To Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS)
Document Number: 2019-13287
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-21
Agency: Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy
To advance the President's vision of a National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Suicide, OSTP and VA will lead development of a National Research Strategy to improve the coordination, monitoring, benchmarking, and execution of public- and private-sector research related to the factors that contribute to veteran suicide. Through this RFI, we seek input on ways to increase knowledge about factors influencing suicidal behaviors and ways to prevent suicide; inform the development of a robust and forward looking research agenda; coordinate relevant research efforts across the Nation; and measure progress on these efforts. The public input provided in response to this RFI will inform the Veteran Wellness, Empowerment, and Suicide Prevention Task Force, who will develop and implement the National Research Strategy.
National Nanotechnology Initiative Meetings
Document Number: 2019-04282
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will facilitate stakeholder discussion of targeted nanotechnology topics through workshops, webinars, and Community of Interest meetings between the publication date of this Notice and December 31, 2019.
Implementing the Freedom of Information Act
Document Number: 2018-23606
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-10-31
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is amending its regulations to implement the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. The regulations reflect OSTP's policy and practices and reaffirm its commitment to provide the fullest possible disclosure of records to the public.
National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing
Document Number: 2018-02160
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-05
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Technology, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) requests input from all interested parties on the development of a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. Through this Request for Information (RFI), OSTP seeks input from the public on ways to improve government coordination and on long-term guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing research and development that will create jobs, grow the economy across multiple industrial sectors, strengthen national security, and improve healthcare. The public input provided in response to this RFI will inform OSTP and NSTC as they work with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop the strategic plan.
Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: 2018-01331
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-26
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy publishes the names of the members selected to serve on its SES Performance Review Board (PRB).
National Nanotechnology Initiative Meetings
Document Number: 2018-01067
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-01-23
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will facilitate stakeholder discussion of targeted nanotechnology topics through workshops, webinars, and Community of Interest meetings between the publication date of this Notice and December 31, 2018.
National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshops
Document Number: 2017-05913
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-27
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold one or more workshops to engage stakeholders and facilitate discussion on key nanotechnology matters. Topics covered may include nanosensor manufacturing; environmental, health, and safety issues; converging technologies; or other areas of potential interest to the nanotechnology community.
National Nanotechnology Initiative Meetings
Document Number: 2017-00790
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-17
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold one or more webinars to share information with the general public and the nanotechnology research and development community. Topics covered may include technical subjects; environmental, health, and safety issues; business case studies; or other areas of potential interest to the nanotechnology community.
Framework for a Federal Strategic Plan for Soil Science
Document Number: 2016-29187
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-06
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Soil Science Interagency Working Group (SSIWG) was established under the National Science and Technology Council to develop a Framework for a Federal Strategic Plan for Soil Science. This Framework aims to establish Federal soil research priorities, ensure availability of tools and information for improved soil management and stewardship, deliver key information to land managers to help them implement soil conserving systems, and inform related policy development and coordination. The Framework identifies current gaps, needs, and opportunities in soil science, and proposes Federal research priorities for the future. The Framework will inform a more comprehensive Federal Strategic Plan that will provide recommendations for improving the coordination of soil science research, as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of soil conservation and management practices among Federal agencies and between Federal agencies and non-Federal organizations, both domestic and international. This notice solicits public comments on the Framework. The Framework can be accessed at the following link: https:// www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ SSIWG_Framework_December_2016.pdf.
Submittal of Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan for National Ocean Council Certification
Document Number: 2016-26623
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-03
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Ocean Council notifies the public that the Mid- Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan was approved for submittal to the National Ocean Council by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body and submitted to the National Ocean Council for certification, as required by Executive Order 13547. The National Ocean Council will certify, or not certify, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan as consistent with the National Ocean Policy, Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, and the Marine Planning Handbook no sooner than 30 days from the publication of this Notice. The Mid- Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan can be found on the National Ocean Council's Web site at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/ microsites/ostp/MidARegionalOceanActionPlan_November2016.pdf.
Plan for Ocean Research in the Coming Decade
Document Number: 2016-26118
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-28
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) is requesting input on the overall framing and content of a plan for Ocean Research in the Coming Decade (``the Plan''). The SOST is chartered under the National Science and Technology Council to advise and assist on national issues related to ocean science and technology. The SOST contributes to the goals for Federal ocean science and technology, including identifying priorities and developing coordinated interagency strategies. The Plan will describe the most pressing research questions and most promising areas of opportunity within the ocean science and technology enterprise for the coming decade. It will set the stage for agency-specific and interagency coordinated actions across Federal agencies and with non-Federal sectors to address societal needs and issues of national importance. This notice solicits relevant public input, particularly suggestions directed toward how the Plan should be structured and specific topic areas that should be considered for inclusion.
Northeast Ocean Plan for National Ocean Council Certification
Document Number: 2016-25372
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-20
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Ocean Council notifies the public that the Northeast Ocean Plan was approved for submittal to the National Ocean Council by the Northeast Regional Planning Body and submitted to the National Ocean Council for certification on October 14, 2016, as required by Executive Order 13547. The National Ocean Council will certify, or not certify, the Northeast Ocean Plan as consistent with the National Ocean Policy, Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, and the Marine Planning Handbook no sooner than 30 days from the publication of this Notice. The Northeast Ocean Plan can be found on the National Ocean Council's Web site at: https:// www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ NortheastOceanPlan_October2016.pdf.
Data Portability
Document Number: 2016-24246
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
Many modern service providers give people access to their own data in machine readable format to download and use as they see fit. Proponents of increased data portability point to numerous, significant benefits for users, service providers, and the broader public. For users, perhaps the most important benefits are the ability to create backups of their most important data, like photographs, tax returns, and other financial information while reducing the danger of becoming locked-in to a single service provider, especially in a world where service providers may change business models or discontinue products. Consumers may also benefit from increased competition. If consumers cannot switch easily between platforms, then it may be difficult for would-be services to enter the market, potentially resulting in less innovation or higher prices. Increasing data portability may induce businesses to compete with one another to offer better prices and higher quality services so as to win or retain a customer's business. Service providers, meanwhile, can benefit from offering data portability to increase user trust through the transparency and ease of switching data portability provides, and to help manage the termination of services. Finally, the public benefits when data portability increases competition, provides some sense of accountability, and promotes transparency as to what information a provider is holding. Others may point to potential private and public downsides. With lower switching costs, businesses might adjust their business models and become more selective in their initial customer acquisition strategy or invest less in their customer relationships, which might leave some sets of customers worse off than before. Some privacy and security advocates also worry that the strength of data portability easier sharing of informationcould encourage more information sharing, including when it might be inadvisable from a privacy perspective or when a criminal successfully breaks into an unsecured service. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is interested in understanding the benefits and drawbacks of increased data portability as well as potential policy avenues to achieve greater data portability. The views of the American people, including stakeholders such as consumers, academic and industry researchers, and private companies, are important to inform an understanding of these questions.
U.S.-EU Communities of Research on Environmental, Health, and Safety Issues Related to Nanomaterials; Notice of Public Meetings
Document Number: 2016-23245
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-27
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and in collaboration with the European Commission, will host meetings for the U.S.-EU Communities of Research (CORs) on the topic of environmental, health, and safety issues related to nanomaterials (nanoEHS) between the publication date of this Notice and September 30, 2017. The CORs are a platform for scientists to develop a shared repertoire of protocols and methods to overcome research gaps and barriers. The co-chairs for each COR will convene meetings and set meeting agendas with administrative support from the European Commission and the NNCO.
Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology
Document Number: 2016-22802
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-22
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The purpose of this Notice of Request for Public Comment is to solicit relevant comments that can assist in the finalization of the proposed update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (Coordinated Framework) to clarify the current roles and responsibilities of the EPA, FDA, and USDA consistent with the objectives described in the July 2, 2015 Memorandum issued by the Executive Office of the President.
2016 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan; Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2016-21796
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-13
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology; National Science and Technology Council (NSTC); announces the availability of the draft 2016 National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Strategic Plan for public comment. The draft plan is posted at www.nano.gov/2016strategy. Comments of approximately one page or less in length are requested.
National Science and Technology Council; Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Arctic Research Plan FY2017-2021
Document Number: 2016-17326
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-26
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984 (ARPA), P.L. 98- 373, established the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) to develop national Arctic research policy through five-year Federal research plans. Chaired by the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), IARPC is composed of representatives from 14 agencies. More information on IARPC can be found at http:// www.iarpccollaborations.org. IARPC seeks public comment on its new Arctic Research Plan FY2017- 2021 (Five-Year Plan). The Five-Year Plan describes research priorities that are expected to benefit from interagency collaboration; not all research conducted by Federal agencies is included in the Five-Year Plan. The Five-Year Plan and additional information, including any updates to this Federal Register notice, will be available at https:// review.globalchange.gov/.
Public Comment on an Annotated Outline for the Fourth National Climate Assessment
Document Number: 2016-15807
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-05
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
With this notice, The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) seeks public comment on the proposed content and scope of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) as indicated by the draft outline presented here. A Request for Information in 2015 sought public input on the sustained National Climate Assessment (NCA) process more generally (80 FR 26105, https://federalregister.gov/a/2015-10352). The outline for NCA4 is informed by that previously received public input. General topics on which public comment is requested, in addition to the proposed outline, include: (1) Ways to make the assessment information accessible and useful to multiple audiences; (2) the specific types of detailed information at regional scales that would be most useful; (3) suggestions for how to best describe risks and impacts, as well as potential opportunities to reduce those risks and impacts on sectors of the economy as well as natural and social systems; (4) suggestions for new approaches to topics addressed in previous assessments; and (5) suggestions regarding overarching themes that NCA4 should consider addressing. A call for author nominations and technical inputs may soon be posted in one or more subsequent Federal Register Notices. A draft of NCA4 will also be released for public comment prior to its final release. Background information, additional details, and instructions for submitting comments can be found at www.globalchange.gov/ notices. For more information about the NCA and access to previous NCA reports and activities, please see http://assessment.globalchange.gov. Responses to the questions below can be entered via the Web site noted above.