White House NSTC Seeks Quantum Policy Recommendations

The National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science (SCQIS) is seeking information on recommendations related to key policy areas in quantum information science (QIS). The NSTC is a White House cabinet-level council that coordinates science and technology policy across the Federal research and development enterprise.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is working with NSTC in requesting input from the nation’s R&D community. Among other items, the request for information (RFI) asks: what existing infrastructure can be leveraged; how to attract and retain the best QIS talent; and how can the U.S. government work with academia and other development programs to train and maintain QIS researchers.

“On Dec. 21, 2018, the National Quantum Initiative Act was signed into law to further the nation’s efforts in quantum information science. Now the NSTC Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science seeks public input to inform the Subcommittee as the government develops the means to address the specific policy recommendations included in the ‘Strategic Overview’ and the overall goals of the National Quantum Initiative Act,” the information request states.

Jake Taylor, interim director of the White House Quantum Office, said last month that the quantum research field has evolved from a “pure research field” to one that has attracted start-up and large tech firm investment. He said the White House office hoped to increase its engagement with academia to increase literacy in QIS.

Responses to the RFI are due July 29.