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Critical Minerals: Building on Federal Efforts to Advance Recovery and Substitution Could Help Address Supply Risks

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Agency Recommendation Status
Office of Science and Technology Policy The Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of the Interior, and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in collaboration with the members of the Critical Minerals Subcommittee, should update the 2019 critical minerals national strategy as it relates to recovery and substitution. The update should address newly enacted statutory requirements and recent federal efforts and incorporate characteristics of effective national strategies, including (1) goals, subordinate objectives, activities, and performance measures; (2) resources, investments, and risk management; and (3) integration and implementation. (Recommendation 1)
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In January 2023, OSTP officials reported that the CMS has conducted a crosswalk of the newly enacted statutory requirements. According to OSTP officials, the existing strategy still provides a useful framework, and includes recovery and substitution. With the ongoing efforts of the CMS agencies to prepare the many reports required in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and other recent legislation, which will support and inform CMS activities, OSTP does not support the development of a new strategy at this time. As of January 2023, we are following up on this recommendation and will update it

High-Performance Computing: Advances Made Towards Implementing the National Strategy, but Better Reporting and a More Detailed Plan Are Needed

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2 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Director of OSTP should address each of the desirable characteristics of a national strategy, as practicable, in the implementation roadmap for the 2020 strategic plan or through other means. (Recommendation 1)
Open – Partially Addressed

In May 2022, OSTP issued an implementation roadmap for the 2020 strategic plan for high-performance computing that addressed several of the desirable characteristics of a national strategy. For example, the implementation roadmap addressed the desirable characteristic of integration and implementation by describing collaboration and coordination across the Federal government on related initiatives and efforts, such as quantum information science, and by assigning specific activities to agencies. However, the implementation roadmap did not address other desirable characteristics, such as

Office of Science and Technology Policy
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Director of OSTP, in consultation with the 10 NSCI agencies, should prepare publically available annual reports assessing progress made in implementing the 2020 strategic plan on the future advanced computing ecosystem. (Recommendation 2)
Open

In January 2022, OSTP stated that a process had been initiated to develop an annual report on progress toward the goals of the 2020 strategic plan, and in May 2022, OSTP issued its implementation roadmap for the 2020 strategic plan for high-performance computing. However, the roadmap did not contain an annual report on progress toward implementing the 2020 strategic plan. As of January 2023, OSTP anticipated that the first annual progress report on the strategic plan for the Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem would be published in the summer of 2023. We will continue to monitor OSTP's efforts

Maritime Infrastructure: A Strategic Approach and Interagency Leadership Could Improve Federal Efforts in the U.S. Arctic

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Agency Recommendation Status
Office of Science and Technology Policy The appropriate entities within the Executive Office of the President, including the Office of Science and Technology Policy should develop and publish a strategy for addressing U.S. Arctic maritime infrastructure that identifies goals and objectives, performance measures to monitor agencies' progress over time, and the appropriate responses to address risks. (Recommendation 2)
Open – Partially Addressed

In its response to GAO's April 2020 report, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) neither agreed nor disagreed with GAO's recommendation, but it has since taken initial steps toward addressing it. Specifically, in October 2022, the White House issued a National Strategy for the Arctic Region (National Strategy), which updated the previous strategy issued by the Obama Administration in May 2013. OSTP officials told GAO that they participated in the effort to develop the updated strategy, which was led by the National Security Council. The National Strategy covers the period from

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

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1 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
As the Subcommittee on Open Science moves forward, the Office of Science and Technology Policy co-chair, in coordination with other co-chairs and participating agencies, should take steps to fully implement leading practices that enhance and sustain collaboration. (Recommendation 32)
Open – Partially Addressed

OSTP initially disagreed with GAO's November 2019 recommendation, stating that the subcommittee had already taken steps to implement the leading practices GAO identified; however, OSTP officials did not provide documentation of these efforts and GAO continues to believe the recommendation is warranted. In January 2022, OSTP provided an update on information it previously provided in October 2020 and May 2021 on steps the subcommittee has taken to address issues associated with public access to federally funded research results, including certain areas GAO identified as presenting challenges to

Science and Technology: Considerations for Maintaining U.S. Competitiveness in Quantum Computing, Synthetic Biology, and Other Potentially Transformational Research Areas

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1 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
As the Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science (QIS Subcommittee) moves forward, the Office of Science and Technology Policy co-chair, in coordination with other co-chairs and participating agency officials, should take steps to fully implement leading practices that enhance and sustain collaboration. (Recommendation 1)
Open – Partially Addressed

OSTP agreed with GAO's September 2018 recommendation but expressed some concerns about required resources. As of May 2022, OSTP had taken steps to work with the other co-chairs of the National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science (SCQIS) to implement it. The SCQIS, created pursuant to the National Quantum Initiative Act, enacted in 2018, continues to be led by four co-chairs from the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation (NSF), and OSTP. In addition, the National Quantum

U.S. Manufacturing: Federal Programs Reported Providing Support and Addressing Trends

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1 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
To enhance the ability of the Executive Office of the President to implement the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2014 requirements related to reporting on advanced manufacturing, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, working through the National Science and Technology Council and agency leadership, as appropriate, should identify the information they will collect from federal agencies to determine the extent to which the objectives outlined in the National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing are being achieved.
Open

In October 2018, the Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing, Committee on Technology of the National Science Technology Council released a Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing. This strategy provided some information on progress toward achieving the objectives of the prior National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing; however, it is unclear what information is to be collected from agencies and likewise how progress toward achieving the goals of the current strategy will be measured. As of May 2022, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) stated that the

Advanced Technologies: Strengthened Federal Approach Needed to Help Identify and Mitigate Supply Risks for Critical Raw Materials

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1 Priority
Agency Recommendation Status
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
To enhance the ability of the Executive Office of the President to coordinate federal agencies to carry out the national materials policy outlined in the 1980 Act, and to broaden future applications of the early warning screening methodology, the Subcommittee should take the steps necessary to include potentially critical materials beyond minerals, such as developing a plan or strategy for prioritizing additional materials for which actions are needed to address data limitations.
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In September 2017, OSTP provided updated information on its efforts to implement recommendations from GAO-16-699. OSTP stated that "the Subcommittee shares GAO's interest in improving data availability and granularity. However, in some cases, private entities and foreign governments may be unwilling or unable to provide (or even collect) such data. Additionally, the Subcommittee member agencies' financial and personnel resources are limited, and significant additional resources would be required to prioritize and pursue the data for additional materials and critical materials beyond minerals

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