Research institutions would have to implement internal oversight procedures, develop risk mitigation plans, establish review committees, educate and train researchers on threats, and report noncompliance.
President Obama will take executive action to launch this year the first three of the 15 manufacturing innovation centers proposed during his State of the Union address. These three will "focus on manufacturing technologies that also address critical national security and energy needs."
The White House began accepting applications for the second round of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program Feb. 5. The fellowships, which last up to a year, bring in talent from the private sector to help the federal government innovate.
The General Services Administration is seeking public comments on which green building certifications the federal government should use for new construction and modernization efforts. In a notice published Tuesday in the Federal Register, GSA announced a 60-day window for public comments on which certification systems "will be most likely to encourage a comprehensive and environmentally sound approach to the certification of green federal buildings."
The Postal Service would be better poised for a long-term sustainable financial future if it increases revenue through improving logistical support for international small business commerce and cuts expenses by going green, say the service and its inspector general. It saved more than $52 million in 2012 through reduced consumption of energy, water, fuel and other resources.
Up to 15 kinds of advanced goods and services will be created and managed from the research stage through final production and sale or patent-leasing through the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, says the National Science and Technology Council.
Public funding for research into gun violence has dwindled since the mid-1990s, as a result of pressure from the gun lobby, says a new report from Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The advocacy group released the report Jan. 14 to mark one month after the Sandy Hook school shooting.
The Postal Service should turn to non-traditional products to help future funding shortfalls but it will need congressional support, say reports from the agency's office of inspector general and the General Accountability Office.
To address the domestic shortage of rare earth metals, the Energy Department announced Jan. 9 that it has awarded $120 million over five years to start a new research center led by an Ames Laboratory team. Rare earth metals are critical to produce wind turbines, electric cars, fluorescent lights, smartphones and more.
The Obama administration plans to help small businesses access new markets more quickly by giving them better inroads to technology and other breakthroughs developed in federal laboratories, as well as expanding grant programs.