(Energy.gov) The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) took significant steps March 5 in the implementation of the National Quantum Initiative Act. As called for in the Act, OSTP chartered the National Quantum Coordination Office, which will work with Federal agencies in developing and maintaining quantum programs, connecting with stakeholders, enabling access and use of R&D infrastructure, and supporting the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science.
Dr. Jake Taylor, OSTP’s Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science, will serve as interim director of the National Quantum Coordination Office.
In addition to efforts under the National Quantum Initiative Act, OSTP established the NSTC Subcommittee on Economic and Security Implications of Quantum Science. Co-chaired by the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and the National Security Agency, the subcommittee will provide guidance on the benefits of and challenges to economic growth and enhanced national security through quantum R&D.