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New Executive Order Forms Quantum Information Science Advisory Committee

Jeff Brody

President Trump has signed an executive order to establish a new advisory committee to ensure U.S. leadership in quantum information science and related technology efforts. The National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee will provide advice on quantum information science and technology research, technology transfers, standards, education, commercial application and national security economic issues, the White House said Friday.

The panel will consist of the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and up to 22 members from federal agencies, industry and universities to be appointed by the secretary of the Department of Energy. It will provide recommendations to the secretary when it comes to the assessment and review of the National Quantum Initiative Program.

The committee will hold meetings twice a year and seek ideas and information from stakeholders to inform policymaking on quantum information science. The formation of the new panel came more than a year after OSTP established a new subcommittee within the National Science and Technology Council to initiate quantum technology efforts across the U.S. federal government. 

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