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White House Memo Unveils R&D Budget Priorities for FY 2021

The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy have issued a memorandum directing federal agencies to focus on five research-and-development priorities as they draft their proposed budgets for fiscal year 2021.

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New Executive Order Forms Quantum Information Science Advisory Committee

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.

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OSTP, GSA Issue Report on Agencies’ Use of Prize Competitions; Kelvin Droegemeier Quoted

A joint report by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the General Services Administration shows that the number of federal agency-backed prize competitions listed on Challenge.gov has increased from 744 to 875 since the 2016 study, FCW reported Friday. The challenges authorized under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 have led to the emergence of startups and offered agencies a mass of examples to launch their own initiatives, according to the report.

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Feds Prep Workforce for Future AI Integration

Lynne Parker, assistant director for artificial intelligence at the White House, said a number of agencies launched individual initiatives to educate and prepare employees for future integration of artificial intelligence into their operations, Federal Times reported Friday. “Agencies are stepping up on their own to create opportunities for people to maybe enroll in a short-term learning course where they can gain skills in IT areas or cybersecurity areas or AI areas,” Parker said at a recent National Academy of Public Administration event.

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White House Launches ‘American AI Initiative’ Through Executive Order

President Trump has signed an executive order launching a new program to direct federal resources toward the development of artificial intelligence to improve national security and the quality of life of citizens. The American AI Initiative has five key principles and one of those is directing federal agencies to prioritize investments in research and development efforts related to AI, the White House said Monday

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