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October 23, 2014 – November 26, 2014: Request for public comment period to submit input on the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Forensic Science report on achieving latent fingerprint interoperability is now OPEN.

  • On October 23, 2014, OSTP released a Request for Public Comment soliciting public input on the draft report entitled Achieving Latent Fingerprint Interoperability in the United States. This report evolved out of the work of the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Forensic Science (SoFS), established in 2010 to assess the challenges of and opportunities for implementing recommendations made by the National Research Council (NRC) in its 2009 report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward. Among its recommendations, the NRC called on the Federal Government to launch a “broad-based effort to achieve nationwide fingerprint data interoperability.” In response to this recommendation, the SoFS chartered the Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) Interoperability Task Force to coordinate the development of a strategic plan for achieving this goal.  Achieving Interoperability for Latent Fingerprint Identification in the United States describes the current state of latent interoperability among AFIS and identifies a series of actions that can be taken by Federal agencies to implement the standards needed to achieve interoperability, develop an overarching national connectivity strategy and infrastructure, and support State and local agencies in building connections across jurisdictions. 
  • The full Request for Public Comment can be found here.
  • The full Draft Teport: Achieving Latent Fingerprint Interoperability in the United States can be found here.

March 18, 2014 - April 14, 2014: Request for Information: Interagency Funding for Research and Engineering Projects Conducted by Federal Researchers is now CLOSED.

March 4, 2014 - April 4, 2014Request for Information soliciting public input on how ‘big data’ will affect how Americans live and work, and the implications of collecting, analyzing and using such data for privacy, the economy, and public policy is now CLOSED.

  • On March 4, 2014, OSTP issued a Request For Information soliciting public input on how ‘big data’ will affect how Americans live and work, and the implications of collecting, analyzing and using such data for privacy, the economy, and public policy. The comment period is now CLOSED.  Comments received by OSTP during the comment period can be found here. To view a specific RFI response within the document, click the hyperlink under its number. 

February 18, 2014 - March 20, 2014: RFI comment period to submit input on ways to provide greater incentives to Federal agencies to relinquish spectrum for wireless broadband or other innovative commercial uses is now CLOSED.

  • On February 18, 2014, OSTP released a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting public input on ways to provide greater incentives to Federal agencies to relinquish spectrum for wireless broadband or other innovative commercial uses. Below are the public comments received by OSTP during the comment period. The Request for Information follows last year’s Presidential Memorandum, Expanding America's Leadership in Wireless Innovation, which aims to promote more efficient use of spectrum by Federal agencies. Among other things, the memorandum directs the Spectrum Policy Team to make recommendations to the President on approaches that could give agencies greater incentive to share or relinquish spectrum, while protecting the mission capabilities of existing and future systems that rely on spectrum use.The full Request for Information can be found here and the new report from the Science and Technology Policy Institute can be found here.
  • Comments on the questions in the RFI were accepted through March 20, 2014. Received comments are presented together, in alphabetical order per the electronic filename of the submission, here.

January 14, 2014 - March 7, 2014Request for Information soliciting public input to inform policy developments related to high-impact learning technologies is now CLOSED

  • On January 13, 2014, OSTP issued a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting public input to inform its policy developments related to high-impact learning technologies and how such policies will affect the design and implementation of “pull mechanisms” for technologies that aim to improve a given learning outcome. The public comment period was open from January 14, 2014 to March 7, 2014.  The comment period is now CLOSED. Comments received by OSTP during the comment period can be found here. The RFI response document begins with a table of contents that shows the names of the organizations that commented and at what page their comment begins. 

November 12, 2013 - December 6, 2013: RFI comment period to submit input related to development of a National Plan for Civil Earth Observations is now CLOSED. Comments on the RFI were accepted through December 6, 2013 and can be found here.