In May, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) established the Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE) to address key issues within the research community. JCORE subcommittees focus on research security, safe and inclusive research environments, research rigor and integrity and administrative requirements for research. Each of these subcommittees includes leaders from the federal research agencies, as well as the foreign affairs and security agencies who collaborate with Congress; the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine; private companies; non-profit organizations; and professional associations and societies.
JCORE and this larger collaborative network are coordinating and engaging with researchers to prevent American research from being exploited or compromised. These groups are also working to develop best practices and methods to identify, assess, and manage risks. Streamlining and eliminating unnecessary research regulations is another area of focus as is improving opportunities for underrepresented minorities.
On 16 September, OSTP Director Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier wrote an open letter to the U.S. research community (see below). As IEEE-USA continues to work with OSTP and JCORE on these issues, we invite our members to work with IEEE-USA Senior Legislative Representative Aline McNaull (firstname.lastname@example.org) to engage with OSTP as they hold meetings at academic institutions across the United States. These meetings are intended to discuss how we can operate with integrity and in research environments that are safe and inclusive, while also balancing protecting out research assets and working openly to collaborate with the international research enterprise.