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Nextgov: Crucial Help Wanted at Cyber Director’s Office as CHIPS Act Adds to Responsibilities

The Office of the National Cyber Director must send a designee, as will several major departments and agencies, to participate in a new council. That requirement is part of an executive order aimed at coordinating federal agencies’ implementation of the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors—or CHIPS—Act.

The legislation, signed by the president earlier this month, is an effort to reduce reliance on China-based suppliers of emerging technologies. It approves $54 billion for agencies to incentivize and boost US production of semiconductors used in electric devices. It also funds a grants program for the development of Open Radio Access Networking—or O-RAN—technology…

The order, published in the Federal Register Tuesday, allows members of the council to consult with external stakeholders and weigh in with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology on how agencies should effectively implement the CHIPS Act.

The order identifies “strengthening and expanding regional manufacturing and innovation ecosystems, including by investing in suppliers, manufacturers, workforce development, basic and translational research, and related infrastructure and cybersecurity throughout the microelectronics supply chain,” as one of six priorities. Another is “generating benefits—such as well-paying, high skilled union jobs and opportunities for startups; small businesses; and minority-owned, veteran-owned and women-owned businesses.” … Read the full article here.

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