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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.

FYI presents its annual list of 10 science policy stories to watch in the year ahead.

The Senate has confirmed Arati Prabhakar as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, clearing her to also take up the role of President Biden’s chief adviser on science and technology.

In the wake of a crackdown on violations of grant disclosure policies, an interagency panel has drafted standardized formats for scientists to use when applying for federal funds.

The White House has ordered that by 2026 certain articles and data resulting from federally funded research should be freely available upon publication, but many questions remain about how the policy will be implemented.

Science advocates are pressing Congress to approve the large budget increases recommended by the CHIPS and Science Act.

The Department of Energy is ramping up its equity-focused activities by fleshing out the details of its Justice40 initiative, which channels federal investments into disadvantaged communities, and by announcing new funding opportunities for minority-serving institutions.

Arati Prabhakar’s nomination to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has advanced to the Senate floor for a final vote.

President Biden’s nominee to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has maintained a career-long focus on applications-oriented R&D and is an ardent advocate for applying the Advanced Research Projects Agency model to national problems.

The U.S. is sunsetting research collaborations with Russia in response to its war against Ukraine, joining a coalition of countries that have already moved to restrict ties with research institutions affiliated with the Russian government.

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.