Office of Science and Technology Policy 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

National Plan for Civil Earth Observations; Request for Information
Document Number: 2013-26890
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-12
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit input from all interested parties regarding recommendations for the development of a National Plan for Civil Earth Observations (``National Plan''). 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.
Request for Information: NNI Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology Signature Initiative
Document Number: 2013-23916
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-01
Agency: National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, Agencies and Commissions, Office of Science and Technology Policy
The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to enhance the value of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and of the Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI) entitled Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology in particular, by reaching out to the nanotechnology stakeholder community for input regarding specific needs for the accelerated development and commercialization of nanosensors. This RFI is intended to inform planning for a public workshop organized under the auspices of the sensors NSI.
Notice of Meetings: Public Meetings of the National Science and Technology Council; Committee on Technology; Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee; National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
Document Number: 2013-22551
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-16
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 hold the 2013 ``U.S.-EU Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts'' joint workshop on December 2-3, 2013, in Arlington, Virginia. The workshop will bring together the U.S.-EU Communities of Research (CORs), which are a platform for scientists to develop a shared repertoire of protocols and methods to overcome research gaps and barriers and to address environmental, health, and safety questions about nanomaterials. The goal of this workshop is to publicize progress towards COR goals and objectives, clarify and communicate future plans, share best practices, and identify areas of cross-Community collaboration. NNCO and the European Commission will also host meetings for the CORs on the topic of environmental, health, and safety issues related to nanomaterials between the publication date of this Notice and September 30, 2014. The co-chairs for each COR will convene meetings and set meeting agendas with administrative support from the European Commission and the NNCO. The CORs were proposed at the first U.S.-EU workshop on Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts, which was held in Washington, DC, in March 2011. Based on feedback from the workshop participants, the following six Communities were launched in 2012: Exposure through the Life Cycle, with Material Characterization Ecotoxicity Testing and Predictive Models, with Material Characterization Predictive Modeling for Human Health, with Material Characterization Databases and Ontologies Risk Assessment Risk Management and Control
National Science and Technology Council; Notice of Meeting: Open Meeting of the National Science and Technology Council; Committee on Technology; Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
Document Number: 2013-18217
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-30
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 a workshop on September 10-11, 2013, to engage stakeholders in discussion of perspectives on the perception, assessment, and management of the potential risks of nanotechnology. Representatives of the U.S. research community, industry, non-governmental organizations, and interested members of the general public are invited to participate. This workshop aims to facilitate: understanding of the state of practice for the consideration of risk used by industry, academia, and the general public; analysis of the role of comparative risk assessment in these evaluations, including decision analysis tools and gap analysis tools; identification, through case study presentations, of stakeholder values and risk perceptions that inform their decision making, and the potential integration of these values and perceptions that guide effective risk communication; current risk management practices in technology development communities; and determination of steps to improve the linkage of risk assessment to risk management and risk communication.
Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act
Document Number: 2013-13072
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-04
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issues this final rule to implement the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as amended. This final rule implements the requirement of the FOIA by setting forth procedures for requesting access to, and making disclosures of, information contained by OSTP. This final rule contains provisions to comply with the President's January 21, 2009, Executive Memoranda on ``The Freedom of Information Act'' and ``Transparency and Open Government,'' and Attorney General Holder's March 19, 2009, Memorandum on ``The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).'' In addition, this rule reflects OSTP's policy and practices and reaffirms its commitment to provide the fullest possible disclosure of records to the public.
Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee; Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-09729
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
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 a workshop on June 11-12, 2013, to obtain input from stakeholders regarding the goals and objectives of an updated U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Strategic Plan that is currently under development and scheduled for completion by December 2013. Representatives of the U.S. research community, industry, non-governmental organizations, and interested members of the general public are invited to offer suggestions to the U.S. Government interagency group that is drafting the new plan, which is an update of the 2011 NNI Strategic Plan (see http://nano.gov/sites/default/files/ pubresource/2011strategicplan.pdf). In particular, participants will be invited to suggest additions to and provide feedback on wording and emphasis areas in the NNI goals, the objectives that support these goals, and the Nanotechnology Signature Initiatives. Comments will also be solicited on the relationship between these topics and the revised Program Component Areas, which will be presented at the event.
United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern
Document Number: 2013-04127
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Office of Science and Technology Policy
The United States Government (USG) invites comments on the proposed United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern. The proposed Policy establishes institutional review and oversight requirements for certain categories of life sciences research at institutions that accept Federal funding for such research. These requirements are intended to address risks of dual use research not addressed under existing Federal regulations or guidelines. Requirement for compliance with this Policy, once finalized, will be incorporated by Federal funding agencies in accordance with their relevant statutory authorities, into the terms and conditions of awards with funded institutions that conduct research falling into the categories identified in the Policy. The public input provided through this Notice will inform future deliberations and issuance of a final Policy.