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Earthquakes: Opportunities Exist to Further Assess Risk, Build Resilience, and Communicate Research

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National Institute of Standards and Technology The Director of NIST should, in collaboration with FEMA, NSF, and USGS and in coordination with federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments and stakeholders, conduct a national risk assessment to identify the progress made by communities to strengthen earthquake resilience since 2015, and the gaps in resilience that remain. (Recommendation 1)
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In November 2022, Commerce Department officials stated that in collaboration with other NEHRP agencies, NIST will initiate a national risk assessment that identifies the progress made by NEHRP to strengthen earthquake resilience in the nation, as well as gaps that remain. Commerce added that a risk assessment report is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2028.

National Institute of Standards and Technology The Director of NIST should, in collaboration with FEMA, NSF, and USGS, assess and determine if additional actions are needed to obtain input from state, local, territorial, and tribal governments and stakeholders on research priorities that align with community and stakeholder needs. (Recommendation 3)
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In November 2022, Commerce Department officials stated that in collaboration with the other NEHRP agencies, NIST will evaluate what additional actions are needed for gathering stakeholder input on research priorities that align with national needs. Commerce added that a summary of additional actions will be completed in the first quarter of fiscal year 2025.

National Institute of Standards and Technology The Director of NEHRP should, in collaboration with FEMA, NIST, NSF, and USGS, follow leading practices to develop performance measures linked to priority research outcomes, and to track and monitor research to ensure research priorities are being met. (Recommendation 5)
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In November 2022, Commerce Department officials stated that in collaboration with the other NEHRP agencies, NIST will evaluate other methodologies based on leading practices to develop metrics for identified research priorities, and develop a process to track and monitor progress of the cumulative programmatic activities against the metrics. Commerce added that a summary of the performance framework will be completed in the first quarter of fiscal year 2025.

National Institute of Standards and Technology The Director of NEHRP should, in collaboration with FEMA, NIST, NSF, and USGS, follow leading practices to identify and leverage the program's resources needed to achieve research priority outcomes. (Recommendation 6)
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In November 2022, Commerce Department officials stated that in collaboration with the other NEHRP agencies, NIST will create an inventory of available resources to achieve the interagency research priorities defined in the updated NEHRP Strategic Plan. This effort will include evaluating other federal programs involved with earthquake risk reduction to understand the full range of government resources available. Commerce added that a summary of the inventory of resources will be completed in the first quarter of fiscal year 2025.

National Institute of Standards and Technology The Director of NIST should, in collaboration with NSF, document and implement a comprehensive plan to better ensure that all state, local, territorial and tribal governments and stakeholders are aware of the mechanisms and practices used by NSF and NIST for disseminating research. (Recommendation 7)
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In November 2022 Commerce Department officials stated that in collaboration with NSF, NIST will evaluate additional actions needed to better ensure that research findings, including dissemination, are accessible to state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and stakeholders. Commerce added that a summary of these new mechanisms and practices will be completed in the first quarter of fiscal year 2025.

Federal Research: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Public Access to Research Results

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National Institute of Standards and Technology The National Institute of Standards and Technology Director should fully develop and implement a mechanism to ensure researcher compliance with the public access plan and associated requirements. (Recommendation 31)
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The Department of Commerce agreed with this recommendation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) identified several planned steps to implement it. Specifically, in January 2021, NIST deployed a system developed to identify NIST-authored papers that have been published, and ensure that all NIST authors are in compliance with the requirement that papers are made freely available within 12 months of publication. Previously, NIST also completed a review of awardees' compliance with data management plan requirements, and took steps (e.g., developing a template and checklist)

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