NQIA - The National Quantum Initiatite Act
THE FEDERAL SOURCE AND GATEWAY TO QUANTUM R&D ACROSS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
“Quantum Information Science represents a foundational shift in our understanding of physics and information science, with the potential for dramatic technology impact.”
Dr. Charles Tahan, Assistant Director for QIS, Office of Science and Technology Policy
QIS – Quantum Information Science
NQIA – The National Quantum Initiative Act
NDAA and Defense Legislation for QIS
NQCO – The National Quantum Coordination Office
SCQIS – Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science
ESIX – Subcommittee on the Economic and Security Implications of Quantum Science
NQIAC – The National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee
THE NATIONAL QUANTUM COORDINATION OFFICE
Located in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Quantum Coordination Office (NQCO) carries out the daily activities needed for coordinating and supporting the National Quantum Initiative. The NQCO was established to:
provide technical and administrative support to the SCQIS and the NQIAC;
oversee interagency coordination of the NQI Program;
serve as a central point of contact regarding Federal civilian quantum information science and technology activities;
ensure coordination among the consortia and various quantum centers;
conduct public outreach, including dissemination of findings and recommendations of the Advisory Committee, as appropriate;
and promote access to and early application of the technologies, innovations, and expertise derived from NQI Program activities in pursuit of discoveries and new applications invoking quantum systems.
The NQCO staff are federal employees on detail assignments from across the government. NQCO staff serve as co-chairs of the various interagency working groups established by the SCQIS.
U.S. Government Report on International Talent in Quantum Information Science
October 17, 2021
The Economic and Security Implications of Quantum Science (ESIX) subcommittee of the U.S. National Science & Technology Council (NSTC) has issued a report with recommendations on how the U.S. can work with foreign talent to help advance the quantum industry. It is important to provide a balance between supporting an open innovation ecosystem with protecting national security. The report asserts that there is a continuing shortage of quantum trained individuals worldwide and it is important to grow this workforce in order for the U.S. to retain leadership in this technology. Key recommendations from the report including the following: 1) The United States should continue welcoming talented international researchers while implementation protections to ensure that research security concerns are mitigated; 2) U.S. federal organizations should continue close collaboration with allies and partners to ensure a vibrant and secure international QIST ecosystem; 3) The NSTC Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science (SCQIS) should develop a five-year strategic plan for QIST workforce development and 4) Federal organizations that fund research, development, and acquisition of QIST should develop coordinated, comprehensive technology protection plans to safeguard intellectual capital and property, while accounting for specific mission needs. The full report is available on the Quantum.gov website and can be found here.