House Science Committee Leaders Introduce Bill to Reshape NSF: A bipartisan group of representatives, led by Chairwoman Johnson of the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology introduced the National Science Foundation for the Future Act, which would double NSF’s budget over the next five years. It would also establish a new “Directorate for Science and Engineering Solutions” within NSF with an annual budget that would grow to $5 billion over five years. The directorate would focus on “societal and national challenges” including climate change, cybersecurity, social and economic inequality, and workforce development, among others. House Science Committee staff compared it with the Endless Frontier Act, reportedly saying that bill, introduced by Sens. Schumer and Young last year, was too focused on U.S.-China competition and set unrealistic funding targets. Staff noted that the proposal could be packaged with other related legislation in the future, but specific plans for moving the bill have not been announced.
House Science Committee Staff Warn of Federal Brain Drain: The House Science Committee’s majority staff released a report detailing worrying workforce trends at several federal science agencies. According to the report, which was prepared for a related subcommittee hearing last month, the overall workforce of the seven science agencies within the committee’s jurisdiction fell 6.5% between FY2009 and FY2020. DOE, EPA and NOAA saw even larger declines, while headcounts at the other four agencies — NASA, NIST, NSF and DHS S&T — either remained steady or increased. To shore up the workforce and address persistent racial, ethnic and gender employment gaps in the federal science agencies, the report’s authors recommend increasing funding for the relevant agencies, committing to diversity in the federal STEM workforce and stepping up recruitment efforts.
In Translation CSET’s translations of significant foreign language documents on AI
Russian AI Notice:Development of Artificial Intelligence. This notice establishes the Ministry of Economic Development (MoED) as the main AI policymaking body of the Russian government. It defines what “AI” means to Russia, and describes the Russian government’s plan to develop a robust AI industry. The plan stipulates that the Russian government will promote funding for science and technology, acquire datasets and hardware needed for AI development, formulate new methods to regulate AI, and absorb foreign capital and knowledge to accelerate the development of a Russian AI industry. Finally, the notice announces the creation of an AI subcommittee co-chaired by MoED Minister Maxim Reshetnikov and Sberbank Chairman Herman Gref.
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