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Government Personnel Exchange Rulemaking

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The United States Government is interested in increasing the economic impact of federally funded research and development by accelerating and improving the transfer of new technologies as part of the Lab-to-Market Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goal. This is an effort that all federal agency and laboratory technology transfer (T2) offices are familiar with and work to support every day.

Collaboration between federal labs in support of U.S. businesses is an important part of the CAP strategy.  You are invited to review and comment on a recently published Personnel Exchanges Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register at https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-14723

Some objectives of this proposed rulemaking include:

  • Clarifying use of the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) authority by a federal lab for personnel exchanges
  • Removing outdated regulations addressing the licensing of Department of Commerce inventions.

Although the proposed rule is somewhat limited in scope, it is part of a larger dialogue on how federal labs can better work with businesses to innovate and advance new products.  The interactions between federal labs and industry, academia and small businesses is crucial to federal lab-to-market initiatives. Your ideas are welcome, and we encourage you to share your thoughts! 

The comment period will be open through July 27.

To view the entire NIST proposed rulemaking, visit http://1.usa.gov/29iWrR9.

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