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FYI covers the administration’s budget requests, executive orders, and other physical science-related statements. FYI also covers many of the activities of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and National Science and Technology Council.

At a recent White House summit, fusion experts discussed ways to accelerate the development of commercial fusion energy and embed justice considerations into the foundations of the nascent industry.

President Biden’s second budget request repeats proposals to increase funding across the board for non-defense science agencies, with an emphasis on those connected to his priorities in climate change mitigation, clean energy R&D, manufacturing, and technology.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director and Presidential Science Advisor Eric Lander resigned yesterday after staff members went public with complaints that he had created an atmosphere of intimidation at OSTP through flagrant verbal abuse.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is advancing five new principles for protecting scientific integrity, with an eye toward guarding against political interference across federal agencies.

A long-anticipated guidance document released by the White House today aims to standardize implementation of research security policies across federal science agencies, including what categories of information scientists will be required to report when applying for grants.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has launched an “ideation challenge” to collect public input on ways to increase diversity in STEM fields.

Last week, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology heard testimony on potential strategies for promoting technology-based economic development and regional innovation.

Climate change, the pandemic, and emerging technology governance were major themes of President Biden’s first address to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 21. Meanwhile, a series of high-level meetings have set the stage for more intense technology cooperation between the U.S. and partner nations.

President Biden announced the members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology this week. The roster includes two former cabinet secretaries and has significant representation from the physical and biomedical sciences and areas such as climate and information technology.

The Biden administration is seeking to pump billions of dollars into research projects and infrastructure upgrades at minority-serving institutions, though so far Congress has advanced less ambitious spending plans.