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

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.
Request for Information on Artificial Intelligence
Document Number: 2016-15082
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-27
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies offer great promise for creating new and innovative products, growing the economy, and advancing national priorities in areas such as education, mental and physical health, addressing climate change, and more. Like any transformative technology, however, AI carries risks and presents complex policy challenges along a number of different fronts. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is interested in developing a view of AI across all sectors for the purpose of recommending directions for research and determining challenges and opportunities in this field. The views of the American people, including stakeholders such as consumers, academic and industry researchers, private companies, and charitable foundations, are important to inform an understanding of current and future needs for AI in diverse fields. The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback on overarching questions in AI, including AI research and the tools, technologies, and training that are needed to answer these questions.
Request for Information on the Development of the 2017 National Plan for Civil Earth Observations; Correction
Document Number: 2016-14186
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-15
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
On June 2, 2016, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published a document in the Federal Register (81 FR 35398) requesting information on development of the 2017 National Plan for Civil Earth Observations. That document contained one error in an OSTP email address, and in one of the listed phone numbers. OSTP is therefore reissuing this document with the corrected information. On behalf of the U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO), a Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability (CENRS), OSTP requests input from all interested parties regarding recommendations for the development of the 2017 National Plan for Civil Earth Observations (``National Plan'', or ``Plan''). An electronic template with questions will be posted at https://www.usgeo.gov. Comments of up to approximately 2,000 characters per question are requested and must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), July 15, 2016 to be considered. The public input provided in response to this Notice will inform OSTP as it works with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop this Plan.
Request for Information on the Development of the 2017 National Plan for Civil Earth Observations
Document Number: 2016-13010
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-02
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
On behalf of the U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO), a Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability (CENRS), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) requests input from all interested parties regarding recommendations for the development of the 2017 National Plan for Civil Earth Observations (``National Plan'', or ``Plan''). An electronic template with questions will be posted at www.usgeo.gov. Comments of up to approximately 2,000 characters per question are requested and must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), July 1, 2016 to be considered. 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 this Plan.
Draft Report on Strengthening the Medicolegal Death Investigation System: Improving Data Systems
Document Number: 2016-10308
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The nation's approximately 2,400 medical examiner and coroner (ME/C) jurisdictions investigate nearly 500,000 deaths each year and perform post-mortem examinations and/or autopsies to determine the cause of death. While the function and organization of these offices vary by state, medical examiners and coroners typically investigate deaths that are sudden and unexpected, deaths that have no attending physician, and all suspicious and violent deaths. Strengthening the ME/ C system is critical for improving the accuracy and reliability of these death investigations and will benefit public health and safety programs, law enforcement investigations, and the development of interventions to prevent deaths nationwide. The National Science and Technology Council's Fast Track Action Committee on Strengthening the Medicolegal Death Investigation System was chartered in July 2015 to make strategic policy recommendations at the Federal level on how to address issues related to accessing and working with data generated by ME/C offices. Importantly, these policy recommendations will not only strengthen medicolegal death investigations, but would also enhance public health and the integrity of the criminal justice system, and further public health and medical research. The Committee is seeking input on a series of specific questions, as well as general feedback on the content of the report.
Notice of Public Meetings: National Nanotechnology Initiative Public Meetings
Document Number: 2016-05608
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-14
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 several events over the coming year in support of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), including two workshops and one or more webinars.
Nanotechnology Commercialization Success Stories
Document Number: 2016-01521
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-02
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to seek examples of commercialization success stories stemming from U.S. Government-funded nanotechnology research and development (R&D) since the inception of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) in 2001. The information gathered in response to this RFI may be used as examples to highlight the impact of the Initiative or to inform future activities to promote the commercialization of federally funded nanotechnology R&D. Depending on the nature of the feedback, responses may be used to shape the agenda for a workshop to share best practices and showcase commercial nanotechnology-enabled products and services. Commercial entities, academic institutions, government laboratories, and individuals who have participated in federally funded R&D; collaborated with Federal laboratories; utilized federally funded user facilities for nanoscale fabrication, characterization, and/or simulation; or have otherwise benefited from NNI agency resources are invited to respond.
Request for Input on the United States Group on Earth Observations Draft Common Framework for Earth-Observation Data
Document Number: 2015-30929
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-09
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The U.S. Group on Earth Observations (USGEO), a Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability (CENRS), requests comment on the draft Common Framework for Earth-observation data (referred to in this document as ``the Common Framework''). The draft Common Framework will be posted at https://www.whitehouse.gov/ administration/eop/ostp/library/shareyourinput. Comments of approximately five pages or less in length (up to 20,000 characters) are requested and must be received by 8 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), January 15, 2016 to be considered. The public input provided in response to this Notice will inform USGEO as it works to develop the Common Framework.
Public Input on the Triennial Update to the USGCRP Strategic Plan
Document Number: 2015-30292
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-30
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The U.S. Global Change Research Program is three years into the implementation of its National Global Change Research Plan 2012- 2021 (http://www.globalchange.gov/strategic-plan) hereafter called the Strategic Plan. That decadal Strategic Plan remains the continuing blueprint for USGCRP, with its strategic directions guiding the Program. There are areas, however, where the landscape has changed by virtue of significant progress, changing scientific or societal urgencies, or challenges. This Triennial Update to the Strategic Plan (hereafter simply ``Update'') addresses these areas and their implications for USGCRP. In accordance with the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (Sec 104, P.L. 101-606), this public comment period invites the public to provide comments and feedback on the Update.
Notice of Public Meeting of the U.S.-EU Communities of Research on Environmental, Health, and Safety Issues Related to Nanomaterials
Document Number: 2015-29428
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-20
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council 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, 2016. 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.
Identifying Sources of Agricultural Innovation
Document Number: 2015-28289
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-05
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to discover new ideas that will spur innovation in agriculture and food systems and raise the profile of agricultural research. According to recent projections from The United Nations, the global population could reach 9.15 billion people by 2050. In the future, to meet the demand for food and other plant-derived products from a global population of this size, an increase of global agriculture production by as much as 70 percent will be required. More than four-fifths of the necessary production gains will need to occur on existing agricultural land through sustainable intensification that makes effective use of land and water resources. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) therefore seeks information about programs, public or private, that are actively working to innovate agricultural science, as well as areas of need in research, education, and training. Input is sought from biological and agricultural stakeholders, including researchers in academia and industry, non-governmental organizations, scientific and professional societies, and other interested members of the public.
Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade
Document Number: 2015-14914
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-17
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to seek suggestions for Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenges for the Next Decade: Ambitious but achievable goals that harness nanoscience, nanotechnology, and innovation to solve important national or global problems and have the potential to capture the public's imagination. This RFI is intended to gather information from external stakeholders about potential grand challenges that will help guide the science and technology priorities of Federal agencies, catalyze new research activities, foster the commercialization of nanotechnologies, and inspire different sectors to invest in achieving the goals. Input is sought from nanotechnology stakeholders including researchers in academia and industry, non-governmental organizations, scientific and professional societies, and all other interested members of the public.
Nanotechnology-Related Public Webinars
Document Number: 2015-13178
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-03
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 hold webinars periodically to share information with the general public and the nanotechnology research and development community. Topics covered may include announcements of new National Nanotechnology Initiative activities, discussions of technical subjects, introductions to resources available for specific areas such as education or sensors development, or other areas of potential interest to the nanotechnology community. The first webinar will be held June 25, 2015, to promote resources available on the newly developed Sensors Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI) Web Portal (www.nano.gov/SensorsNSIPortal).
Microbiome Research
Document Number: 2015-12191
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-20
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
Advanced sequencing technologies have illuminated vast networks of microorganisms that drive essential functions in all environments on Earth. The study of these communities of microorganisms, or microbiomes, is nascent, and the potential of microbiome research has only begun to be tapped. Primary to achieving this potential is a functional understanding of microbiomes, which would be greatly advanced by addressing fundamental questions common to all fields of microbiome research; developing platform technologies useful to all fields; and identifying gaps in training or fields of research that should be addressed. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is interested in developing an effort to unify and focus microbiome research across sectors. The views of stakeholdersacademic and industry researchers, private companies, and charitable foundationsare important to inform an understanding of current and future needs in diverse fields.
Public Meeting of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
Document Number: 2015-11683
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-14
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy will hold a public meeting on July 22, 2015, for interested stakeholders to discuss implementation of the U.S. Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern. The purpose of the meeting is to inform and engage stakeholders; collect feedback about resources needed to effectively implement the policy; and discuss stakeholder experiences, challenges, and innovative practices.
Request for Information: Public Input on the Sustained Assessment Process of the U.S. National Climate Assessment
Document Number: 2015-10352
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-06
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has a legal mandate to conduct a National Climate Assessment (NCA) not less frequently than every four years. Under its current decadal strategic plan (http://go.usa.gov/3qGU4), USGCRP is building sustained assessment capacity to support the Nation's ability to understand, anticipate, and respond to global change impacts and vulnerabilities. The recent Third NCA process and resulting 2014 Report (http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/) provide a foundation for subsequent activities and reports under the sustained assessment process. More broadly, climate assessments increasingly involve participation and leadership by state, local, and tribal governments as well as the private sector. Noting these developments in the climate assessment landscape, USGCRP seeks ideas about (1) what scientific information on climate change, impacts, and responses would be of most value to inform future assessment activities; (2) how to effectively communicate climate change assessment information; and (3) what mechanisms could be used to more effectively connect to other assessment-related efforts. Public responses to these questions will be evaluated and, if appropriate, used to inform the structure and content of USGCRP's sustained National Climate Assessment process. Updates on the sustained assessment will be posted on the NCA Web site (http:// assessment.globalchange.gov) as they are available.
National Science and Technology Council; National Space Weather Strategy
Document Number: 2015-10113
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-30
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The National Science and Technology Council; Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability; Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction requests public comments on the draft 2015 National Space Weather Strategy: http://www.dhs.gov/national-space-weather- strategy.
Impact of the Select Agent and Toxin Regulations; Correction
Document Number: 2015-07649
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-03
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The Office of Science and Technology Policy published a document in the Federal Register Notice, 2015-05906, on March 16, 2015, pages 13639-13641, concerning a Request for Public Comment on the Impact of the Select Agent Regulations. The document contains incorrect dates as we wish to extend the comment period to April 10, 2015, 5 p.m. ET.