White House Seeks Input on Impending Quantum Computing Policy

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The administration wants to know what will transform the quantum information science landscape.

The White House wants the American public to help inform its national quantum computing policy.

Last year, the National Science and Technology Council tasked agencies with developing plans to address policy areas that promote the nation’s leadership in quantum information science and the National Quantum Initiative Act was signed into law to further QIS efforts. In a recently released request for information, NSTC’s Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science, together with the National Science Foundation, asked the public to weigh in with recommendations regarding the quantum policy.

The RFI poses eight questions that address a variety of topics including the government’s role in innovation and how the U.S. can fortify its quantum landscape.

“What are the scientific and technological challenges that, with substantial resources and focus over the next ten years, will transform the QIS research and development landscape?,” the RFI asks.

It also asks for input regarding “critical barriers for industrial innovation in this space,” what new infrastructures should be considered and what existing ones should be leveraged, and what partnerships or activities the government should use to effectively engage relevant stakeholders.

The RFI also seeks to address the country’s need to better engage and retain the best talent and expertise in the quantum realm.

“How can the U.S. Government engage with academia and other workforce development programs and stakeholders to appropriately train and maintain researchers in QIS while expanding the size and scope of the `quantum-smart' workforce?” it asks.

The White House’s deadline for comments is July 29.