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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to Lead President’s Export Council Trip to Thailand 
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to Lead President’s Export Council Trip to Thailand  ASowah@doc.gov Thu, 02/22/2024 - 20:15 Export and investment promotion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, February 22, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo will lead members of the President’s Export Council (PEC) to Bangkok, Thailand from March 13 to March 14, 2024, to identify opportunities for the United States and Thailand to strengthen economic relationships across a number of critical issues, including manufacturing, supply chain resiliency, artificial intelligence, and clean technology. Raimondo participated in a PEC meeting in Washington, DC in November 2023, where she announced her intention to lead a fact-finding trip with PEC members to the Indo-Pacific, as well as plans to re-establish the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration (PECSEA), which has since been formally launched.

In addition to bilateral meetings and engagements with stakeholders, while in Bangkok, Raimondo will participate in a hybrid Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) Ministerial with IPEF partners. The IPEF Ministerial will be the first since the substantial conclusion of negotiations for the proposed IPEF Clean Economy Agreement, Fair Economy Agreement, and overarching Agreement on IPEF, as well as the signing ceremony for the IPEF Supply Chain Agreement in November of 2023.

Raimondo’s travel to Bangkok will follow her leading a Presidential Trade and Investment Mission to Manila, Philippines, from March 11 to March 12, 2024, on behalf of President Biden.

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Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Call with Republic of Korea Minister of Trade Cheong In-kyo
Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Call with Republic of Korea Minister of Trade Cheong In-kyo ASowah@doc.gov Wed, 02/21/2024 - 20:20 Export and investment promotion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov

Today, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo spoke with the Republic of Korea Minister of Trade Cheong In-kyo. The Secretary congratulated Minister Cheong on his appointment as Minister of Trade for the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The two discussed the strong cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Korea, including through the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). In particular, the Secretary and Minister discussed the importance of maintaining the momentum following the outcomes announced at the IPEF ministerial meeting in San Francisco in November 2023 and the importance of delivering concrete benefits to the IPEF partners’ economies from the economic cooperation under the Framework.

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Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology of the United Kingdom Michelle Donelan
Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology of the United Kingdom Michelle Donelan ASowah@doc.gov Wed, 02/21/2024 - 11:17 Artificial Intelligence FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov

Yesterday, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo spoke with U.K. Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology Michelle Donelan. Building on the momentum achieved at the 2023 U.K. AI Safety Summit in November, Secretary Raimondo underscored the importance of continued U.S.-U.K. collaboration to address issues at the intersection of artificial intelligence and copyright. Secretary Raimondo also highlighted the recent launch of the U.S. AI Safety Institute, and stated she looks forward to continued partnership with the U.K.’s AI Safety Institute.

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NTIA Solicits Comments on Open-Weight AI Models
NTIA Solicits Comments on Open-Weight AI Models ASowah@doc.gov Wed, 02/21/2024 - 09:06 Artificial Intelligence FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov

Today, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) launched a Request for Comment on the risks, benefits and potential policy related to advanced artificial intelligence (AI) models with widely available model weights – the core component of AI systems.  

These “open-weight” models allow developers to build upon and adapt previous work, broadening AI tools’ availability to small companies, researchers, nonprofits, and individuals. This may accelerate the diffusion of AI’s benefits and the pace of AI safety research, but it may also increase the scale and likelihood of harms from advanced models. 

“AI is an accelerator – it has the potential to make people’s existing capabilities better, faster, and stronger. In the right hands, it carries incredible opportunity, but in the wrong hands, it can pose a threat to public safety. That’s why, under President Biden’s leadership and direction, we’re acting quickly and precisely to keep pace with this rapidly evolving technology to ensure safety, while protecting innovation,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Today, NTIA is inviting public feedback about how widely available access to model weights may impact our society and our national security. This is an important piece of the President’s Executive Order and an early step toward ensuring safety, security, and trust in these systems.” 

President Biden’s Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence directs NTIA to review the risks and benefits of large AI models with widely available weights and develop policy recommendations to maximize those benefits while mitigating the risks.  

“Open-weight AI models raise important questions around safety challenges, and opportunities for competition and innovation,” said Alan Davidson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator. “These models can help unleash innovation across communities by making powerful tools accessible, but that same accessibility also poses serious risks. Our Request for Comment will help us chart a policy path to promote both safety and innovation in this important technology.” 

The Executive Order directs NTIA to discuss benefits, risks, and policy choices associated with dual-use foundation models, which are powerful models that can be fine-tuned and used for multiple purposes, with widely available model weights. The Request for Comment asks for public feedback about how making model weights and other model components widely available creates benefits or risks to the broader economy, communities, individuals, and to national security.  

Model weights reflect distillations of knowledge within AI models and govern how those models behave. Using large amounts of data, machine learning algorithms train a model to recognize patterns and learn appropriate responses. As the model learns, the values of its weights adjust over time to reflect its new knowledge. Ultimately, the training process aims to arrive at a set of weights optimized to produce behavior that fits the developer’s goals. If a person has access to a model’s weights, that person does not need to train the model from scratch. Additionally, that person can more easily fine-tune the model or adapt it towards different goals, unlocking new innovations but also potentially removing safeguards. 

The Request for Comment seeks input on a number of issues, including: 

  • The varying levels of openness of AI models;
  • The benefits and risks of making model weights widely available compared to the benefits and risks associated with closed models;
  • Innovation, competition, safety, security, trustworthiness, equity, and national security concerns with making AI model weights more or less open; and
  • The role of the U.S. government in guiding, supporting, or restricting the availability of AI model weights.

Comments are due within 30 days of publication of the Request for Comment in the Federal Register. The responses will help inform a report to the President with NTIA’s findings and policy recommendations.

 

About the National Telecommunications and Information Administration    

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch agency that advises the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA’s programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, advancing public safety communications, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth.

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Remarks by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo at the GlobalFoundries Announcement
Remarks by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo at the GlobalFoundries Announcement KCPullen@doc.gov Tue, 02/20/2024 - 10:12 ICT Supply Chain Manufacturing AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY Tuesday, February 20, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov Gina M. Raimondo

Good afternoon! I’m so excited to be here. This is a big day and we owe so much of it to Leader Schumer, who was the driving force behind the CHIPS and Science Act. Thank you to your leader, Tom Caulfield. Thank you to Governor Hochul, who has been a steadfast ally; Representative Tonko, who has been an advocate for New York; and Lael Brainard, who is joining us from the White House. And finally – I would especially like to recognize the GlobalFoundries employees here today. Thank you for joining us to celebrate this announcement.

President Biden cares deeply about rebuilding American manufacturing. We want to make advanced semiconductors right here in the United States of America, right here in Malta, New York. And that's why the President put his back behind the CHIPS and Science Act.

This once-in-a-generation, $50 billion investment will address our chip shortage head-on, bolster our national and economic security, and secure our position as the global leader in R&D, innovation, and manufacturing for decades to come.

With these critical investments, we are ushering in a new era of American manufacturing. America invented semiconductors. Silicon Valley is called Silicon Valley because we invented the semiconductor industry. We once led the world in manufacturing chips, but we watched it leave our shores over a period of decades.

Now, we’re coming back. Today we’re announcing a preliminary memorandum of terms with GlobalFoundries for $1.5 billion in direct CHIPS funding – the largest announcement to date. Through this proposed investment, GlobalFoundries would be able to support a new state-of-the-art facility, significant capacity expansion, and facility modernization at their manufacturing sites in New York and Vermont, all while creating over 10,000 construction and manufacturing jobs over the next decade. Their new state-of-the-art Fab will be the first new foundry built to support current and mature technologies in decades, securing a stable, resilient supply of chips for the U.S. auto and defense industries.

This proposed investment would also allow GlobalFoundries to bring the manufacturing of its 22FDX chips to the U.S. for the first time ever. 22FDX chips are used in everything from auto safety systems to smart mobile devices, and their durability makes them especially important for satellites and other critical defense uses. By making 22FDX chips here, the Department of Defense will have access to GlobalFoundries’ advanced 22 nanometer technology, which hasn’t been possible until now. The DOD would have a steady, secure, domestic supply of these important chips coming from our shores, made by YOU in this room today.

The CHIPS and Science Act is protecting our economic and national security – and YOU are a part of that story. This is only our third CHIPS announcement, with more to come. With this announcement, we’re sending a clear signal to the world that we are serious about bolstering our economic and national security, rebuilding America’s manufacturing industry, and leading the world in technology and innovation. Thank you.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Preliminary Terms with GlobalFoundries to Strengthen Domestic Legacy Chip Supply for U.S. Auto and Defense Industries
Biden-Harris Administration Announces Preliminary Terms with GlobalFoundries to Strengthen Domestic Legacy Chip Supply for U.S. Auto and Defense Industries ASowah@doc.gov Mon, 02/19/2024 - 05:00 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, February 19, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov

U.S. Department of Commerce Outlines $1.5 Billion in Potential Funding to Support Multiple Projects in New York and Vermont and Create Approximately 10,500 Construction and Manufacturing Jobs

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce and GlobalFoundries (GF) have signed a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) to provide approximately $1.5 billion in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act to strengthen U.S. domestic supply chain resilience, bolster U.S. competitiveness in current-generation and mature-node (C&M) semiconductor production, and support economic and national security capabilities. The proposed funding would support a new state-of-the-art facility, significant capacity expansion, and the modernization of GF’s U.S. manufacturing sites in New York and Vermont, which produce essential automotive, communications, and defense semiconductor technologies.  

President Biden signed the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act to strengthen U.S. supply chains, create good-paying jobs, and advance U.S. economic and national security. Today’s announcement is the third PMT announcement the Department of Commerce has made under the CHIPS and Science Act.  

GF chips are fundamental to everyday applications that impact all Americans, from blind spot detection and collision warnings in cars, to smartphones and electric vehicles that last longer between charges, to secure and reliable Wi-Fi and cellular connections. Currently, there are only four companies outside of China that provide current and mature foundry capabilities at the scale of GF – and GF is the only one of those companies that is headquartered in the United States. Shortages of some of these semiconductors caused major disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a particularly acute impact on the availability and price of a broad range of goods for Americans, as well as the shutdown of automobile manufacturing sites. Part of the proposed funding is expected to support expanding the facility that houses a dedicated capacity corridor for General Motors, with whom GF entered into a strategic long-term supply agreement last year.   

“Semiconductors are the brain of modern technology. While they are no larger than a fingernail and no thicker than a piece of paper, they are essential to every electronic device that we currently use – from computers and televisions to cars and washing machines. Thanks to our Administration’s CHIPS and Science Act, we are announcing the Department of Commerce’s preliminary agreement with GlobalFoundries, which will award approximately $1.5 billion to expand domestic production of semiconductors, strengthen U.S. supply chains, and create thousands of good paying jobs right here in America,” said Vice President Kamala Harris. “President Biden and I continue to be fully committed to growing our economy and creating opportunity in every part of America. Today’s announcement is another way in which we are delivering on that commitment in New York, Vermont, and communities throughout the country.” 

“Semiconductors are in everything from our cellphones, to refrigerators, to cars, and our most advanced weapons systems, and access to them carries important economic and national security implications. It was the shortages of semiconductors during the COVID-19 pandemic that raised prices for consumers and led to the shutdown of automobile manufacturing sites across the country,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Thanks to President Biden’s CHIPS and Science Act, we’re working to onshore these critical technologies in order to bolster the supply of domestic chips that are essential to manufacturing cars, electronics, and national defense systems in New York, Vermont, and states across the country.” 

“The CHIPS and Science Act set out to make the United States a leader in semiconductor R&D and manufacturing, and with this proposed CHIPS funding, GlobalFoundries could help realize this vision by modernizing and building new chip fabrication facilities to increase its capacity to make current-generation and mature-node chips in the United States while creating thousands of good jobs in New York and Vermont,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Laurie E. Locascio. “By investing in domestic manufacturing capabilities, CHIPS for America is helping secure a stable domestic supply of chips that are found in everything from home electronics to advanced aerospace systems.” 

"GF is proud to announce this proposed funding from the Department of Commerce and appreciates the collaboration of the CHIPS Office throughout this process. These proposed investments, along with the investment tax credit (ITC) for semiconductor manufacturing, are central to the next chapter of the GlobalFoundries story and our industry. They would also play an important role in making the U.S. semiconductor ecosystem more globally competitive and resilient," said Dr. Thomas Caulfield, president and CEO of GF. "With new onshore capacity and technology on the horizon, as an industry we now need to turn our attention to increasing the demand for U.S.-made chips, and to growing our talented U.S. semiconductor workforce." 

The proposed expansion of GF is expected to help advance U.S. economic and national security by increasing capacity, strengthening supply chain resilience, and onshoring technologies in the U.S. for the first time that are important to our defense and intelligence communities. With multiple facilities that are designated as Trusted Foundries by the Department of Defense, GF has a long history of supporting the U.S. military and this proposed funding is expected to strengthen those ties. The Department of Defense relies on GF chips for national defense uses including satellite and space communications. GF chips also support broader U.S. technological leadership and discovery, such as the James Webb Telescope and the International Space Station.  

The approximately $1.5 billion in proposed CHIPS funding would be split across three projects:  

  • Malta, New York – New State-of-the-Art 300 mm Fab: The construction of a new, large-scale 300 mm fabrication facility that is expected to produce high value technologies not currently available in the U.S. The new facility is intended to leverage existing infrastructure to expedite the path from construction to production. 
  • Malta, New York – Capacity Expansion for Automotive: The proposed expansion of the existing Malta, New York fabrication facility, which includes a strategic agreement with General Motors, to secure a dedicated supply of essential semiconductor technologies. This project would also support America’s economic and national security by expanding domestic capacity for semiconductors that are used in the U.S. critical infrastructure base. This expansion, combined with the new 300 mm fabrication facility, is expected to triple the existing capacity of the Malta campus over the next 10+ years. These two projects are expected to increase wafer production to 1 million per year once all phases are complete. 
  • Burlington, Vermont – Fab Revitalization: The revitalization of an existing fabrication facility in Burlington, Vermont, to commercialize new 200 mm technologies, creating the first U.S. facility capable of high-volume manufacturing of next-generation Gallium Nitride on Silicon for use in electric vehicles, power grid, 5G and 6G smartphones, and other critical technologies. The site will apply industry-leading sustainability practices, including the use of 100% carbon-neutral energy and the development of an onsite solar system to supply up to 9% of the site’s annual energy. 

The proposed projects would create approximately 1,500 manufacturing jobs and approximately 9,000 construction jobs over the next 10 years. The PMT also proposes approximately $10 million in dedicated workforce development funding for GF to work with local workforce, education, training, and community-based organizations to provide GF with the facilities and construction talent they need now and in the future. GF also continues to build upon its GF Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship Program, which is the first U.S. registered semiconductor apprenticeship program and graduated its first apprentices in 2022. In recognizing the critical importance of child care for its operations, the company will not only continue to provide its $1,000 annual subsidy and child care support concierge service to its growing facility workforce but also extend these benefits to its construction workers. The company will be operating under an existing Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in New York and is in the process of establishing a PLA in Vermont for the purposes of this project.  

In addition to potential direct funding, the CHIPS Program Office would make approximately $1.6 billion in loans available to GF under the PMT. The total potential public and private investment for the combined projects would be approximately $12.5 billion.  

As explained in the Department’s first Notice of Funding Opportunity, the Department may offer applicants a PMT on a non-binding basis after satisfactory completion of the merit review of a full application. The PMT outlines key terms for a CHIPS incentives award, including the amount and form of the award. After the PMT is signed, the Department begins a comprehensive due diligence process on the proposed project and other information contained in the application. After satisfactory completion of the due diligence phase, the Department may enter into final award documents with the applicant. Terms of the final award documents are subject to negotiations with the applicant and may differ from the terms of the PMT.  

 

About CHIPS for America  

The Department has received more than 600 statements of interest, more than 160 pre-applications and full applications for NOFO 1, and more than 160 small supplier concept plans for NOFO 2. The Department is continuing to conduct rigorous evaluation of applications to determine which projects will advance U.S. national and economic security, attract more private capital, and deliver other economic benefits to the country. The announcement with GlobalFoundries is the third PMT announcement the Department of Commerce has made under the CHIPS and Science Act, with additional PMT announcements expected to follow throughout 2024.     

CHIPS for America is part of President Biden’s economic plan to invest in America, stimulate private sector investment, create good-paying jobs, make more in the United States, and revitalize communities left behind. CHIPS for America includes the CHIPS Program Office, responsible for manufacturing incentives, and the CHIPS Research and Development Office, responsible for R&D programs, that both sit within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the Department of Commerce. NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST is uniquely positioned to successfully administer the CHIPS for America program because of the bureau’s strong relationships with U.S. industries, its deep understanding of the semiconductor ecosystem, and its reputation as fair and trusted. Visit www.chips.gov to learn more.  

GlobalFoundries Contacts

GlobalFoundries Media Relations: Erica McGill at erica.mcgill@gf.com
GlobalFoundries NY Community Contact: Julie Moynehan at julie.moynehan@gf.com
GlobalFoundries VT Community Contact: Gina DeRossi at gina.derossi@gf.com

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Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Australian Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell
Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Australian Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell ASowah@doc.gov Wed, 02/14/2024 - 19:16 Export and investment promotion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 14, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov

Today, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo spoke with Australia’s Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell. During the call, Secretary Raimondo thanked the Minister and the Government of Australia for efforts to strengthen our bilateral trade and investment relationship through the U.S.-Australia Strategic Commercial Dialogue. Secretary Raimondo also conveyed her deep commitment to making the Indo-Pacific Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) an enduring vehicle for deepening economic cooperation and delivering concrete benefits to IPEF partners’ economies. The Secretary and Minister discussed the inaugural IPEF Clean Economy Investor Forum, which the IPEF partners intend to hold during the first half of this year to identify projects that will help advance IPEF member countries’ climate objectives and accelerate their green transitions.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to Travel to Costa Rica to Highlight Bilateral Commercial Relationship, Underscore Need for Diverse Semiconductor Supply Chains
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to Travel to Costa Rica to Highlight Bilateral Commercial Relationship, Underscore Need for Diverse Semiconductor Supply Chains KCPullen@doc.gov Wed, 02/14/2024 - 17:40 Export and investment promotion ICT Supply Chain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 14, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo will travel to Costa Rica next month to highlight the U.S.-Costa Rican bilateral commercial and investment relationship, and to underscore the need for diverse and resilient semiconductor supply chains. During her travel, the Secretary will address the need for geographical diversification of the semiconductor ecosystem to like-minded nations through meetings with Costa Rican government officials and representatives from the semiconductor industry. Secretary Raimondo will emphasize the strong commercial partnership between the United States and Costa Rica through bilateral engagements with government officials and both U.S. and Costa Rican business leaders.

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U.S. Department of Commerce Releases 2023 Update to Equity Action Plan, Outlines New Commitments to Advance Equity
U.S. Department of Commerce Releases 2023 Update to Equity Action Plan, Outlines New Commitments to Advance Equity KCPullen@doc.gov Wed, 02/14/2024 - 08:40 Minority business growth FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 14, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov

Today the U.S. Department of Commerce released the 2023 update to its Equity Action Plan, in coordination with the Biden-Harris Administration’s whole-of-government equity agenda. This Equity Action Plan is part of the Department’s efforts to implement the President’s Executive Order on “Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through The Federal Government,” which reaffirmed the Administration’s commitment to deliver equity and build an America in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.

“Homogeneity is the enemy of innovation. If we are to out-build, out-innovate, and out-compete the rest of the world, we need to ensure we’re harnessing and empowering Americans across the country by utilizing our greatest strength - diversity,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “That’s why the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to equity is so important and why I’m proud to see that reflected in this updated action plan. We fail to meet our full potential as a nation unless we harness the talents and strengths of all parts of the country, including those who have too often been left behind.”

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves will participate in an event at the White House this morning to outline the updated Equity Action Plan, where he will be accompanied by Donna Ennis, Co-Director of the Georgia Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing (Georgia AIM), who is a winner of the Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC). The presentation will highlight  workforce pipelines put in place to ensure all Americans, including people from underserved communities, can participate in the innovation economy.

“Thanks to President Biden’s continued and steadfast commitment to supporting underserved and underrepresented communities, this Administration has made historic progress to achieving equity centered initiatives,” said Deputy Commerce Secretary Don Graves. “Through investments in business grants and funding opportunities, the Secretary and I are proud of the Commerce Department’s efforts in promoting equitable and inclusive capitalism that will pave the path to America’s economic prosperity.”

In alignment with the Department of Commerce’s strategic goals, the Equity Action Plan includes real-life examples of how America’s economy and people are best served by filtering our work through a prism of equity. America’s diversity is its competitive advantage – but only if everyone has an opportunity to fulfill their potential and fully participate in our economy.

The equity strategies associated with each strategic goal will assist in designing programs that will address barriers to equity and meet the needs of all Americans, including underserved communities.

  • Equity Strategy 1: Mobilize our nation’s diversity to fuel innovation and sustain our global competitiveness across geographic regions so that all communities have equal access to opportunities.
  • Equity Strategy 2: Expand growth opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs, including in underserved communities.
  • Equity Strategy 3: Promote equitable economic development and career pathways to good jobs.
  • Equity Strategy 4: Use targeted investments and program design to address the climate crisis through mitigation, adaptation, and resilience efforts to ensure environmental and economic resilience.
  • Equity Strategy 5: Expand opportunity and discovery through data to inform and evaluate actions that improve community outcomes.

Since the release of its first-ever Equity Action Plan in 2022, the Department of Commerce has:

  • Released $3 billion in American Rescue Plan dollars across 780 awards through six innovative economic development programs.
  • Reduced the cost of bringing high-speed internet to unserved and underserved communities, and increased the resilience of internet infrastructure.
  • Invested $100 million to support the needs of tribal governments and Indigenous communities across 51 awards in 25 states and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Learn more about the Administration’s equity work at whitehouse.gov/equity and check out all Federal Equity Action Plans at performance.gov/equity.

To follow stories and posts across agencies, follow the hashtags #GovEquity and #GovDelivers on social media.

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Remarks by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo at the Virginia Innovation Forum
Remarks by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo at the Virginia Innovation Forum KCPullen@doc.gov Tue, 02/13/2024 - 13:30 ICT Supply Chain AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY Tuesday, February 13, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov Gina M. Raimondo

Thank you, Senator Warner. I am grateful to you and Representative Beyer for joining us today. Your leadership was essential to getting the CHIPS and Science Act passed and making the Innovation Fund happen.

I also want to thank Assistant Secretary Davidson and the entire Innovation Fund team at NTIA for your terrific work standing up this program and funding projects like the one we’re here to celebrate.

All of us are here for a simple reason: If America is going out-compete the rest of the world, we need to invest in technology and innovation. Wireless technology is particularly critical in that mission for our both our economic and national security.

Today, there are only a handful of wireless equipment suppliers, and some of them pose significant national security risks to the U.S. and our allies. That’s a serious problem – it’s unacceptable.

As is often the case, the solution to our greatest challenges can be found in fundamental American values: openness, competition, and working with our allies. Those are the driving forces behind the Innovation Fund.

By embracing open and interoperable wireless networks, we’re opening the door to innovation, we’re giving our wireless companies more choices, and we’re strengthening our supply chains. It will result in better performance, more secure networks and potentially lower costs for consumers.

As we see with today’s award, embracing competition doesn’t mean we’re rejecting collaboration. The ACCoRD project brings together over two dozen carriers, equipment suppliers, and universities, including our wonderful hosts, Virginia Tech.

I also want to thank the representatives from the Japanese and Indian embassies for joining us in this endeavor. Fortifying supply chains is an international undertaking. We can't do it all alone and need to rely on our allies and partners to help us diversify our supply chains. We need to work together to build our capacity so that we can do the research, train the talent, and build the infrastructure needed to continue our leadership in telecommunications.

As of today, the Innovation Fund has contributed more than $140 million in wireless testing infrastructure and research, a historic investment by the federal government. These investments are laying the foundation for a new generation of prosperity and innovation.

There’s a lot more work to do, but this is an exciting moment, and I can’t wait to see the results of this fantastic collaboration. Thank you.

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Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Singapore Minister of Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong
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Today, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo spoke with Singapore Minister of Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong. Secretary Raimondo wished Minister Gan a happy Lunar New Year and thanked him and the Government of Singapore for its strong commitment to the continued success of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). The Secretary and Minister also discussed work that the United States, Singapore, and the other IPEF partners are undertaking to operationalize the Supply Chain, Clean Economy, and Fair Economy agreements for the benefit of IPEF partners’ economies. The Secretary and Minister also discussed the upcoming IPEF Clean Economy Investor Forum, which the partners intend to hold during the first half of the year to accelerate infrastructure and climate technology projects with the goal of facilitating and capturing the commercial opportunities that will come from IPEF partners’ transitions to clean economies.

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Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara
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Today, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara. During the meeting, Secretary Raimondo underscored the importance of Thailand’s contributions and participation in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). In particular, the two discussed ways to work together to strengthen economic ties between the U.S. and Thailand. They also addressed how to best realize the potential of IPEF to deliver concrete benefits to the U.S., Thailand, and other IPEF partners through the long-term economic cooperation envisioned under the IPEF Supply Chain Agreement and the proposed Clean Economy Agreement and Fair Economy Agreement.

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Two Years of Indo-Pacific Strategic Results: Strengthening Indo-Pacific Commerce for a Prosperous Future
Two Years of Indo-Pacific Strategic Results: Strengthening Indo-Pacific Commerce for a Prosperous Future ASowah@doc.gov Fri, 02/09/2024 - 13:00 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, February 9, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov

Under the Biden-Harris Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, launched on February 11, 2022, the United States Department of Commerce has worked collaboratively with allies and partners to build an Indo-Pacific region that is free and open, connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient.

Home to more than one-half of the world’s people and nearly two-thirds of the world’s economy, the Indo-Pacific region stretches from the U.S. Pacific Coast to the Indian Ocean and encompasses Northeast and Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Oceania, including the Pacific Islands. The United States’ vibrant commerce with the Indo-Pacific region supports more than three million U.S. jobs and is the source of nearly $900 billion in foreign direct investment in our domestic economy. The Indo-Pacific will only grow in importance for U.S. prosperity and security as it drives as up to two-thirds of global economic growth.

Over the past 24 months, the Department of Commerce has worked to build prosperity in the region and in the United States through the core lines of effort identified by the Administration in its Indo-Pacific Action Plan. Key accomplishments include:

Driving New Resources to the Indo-Pacific: Since 2022, the Department has added significant new resources to better drive commercial opportunities and bolster supply chain resilience.

  • Field Resources – The Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) opened a Commercial Service office in Bangladesh and added staffing resources to the Pacific Island nations of Fiji and Papua New Guinea to better serve U.S. companies interested in export opportunities to those markets. ITA added new commercial officers and local staff to better support Indo-Pacific work in Australia, Indonesia, India, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam.
  • Supply Chain Resilience – ITA established a first-of-its-kind Supply Chain Center integrat­ing industry expertise and data analytics to produce innovative supply chain risk assess­ment tools and drive targeted action for critical supply chain resilience.

Leading the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF): The Department leads the negotiation and operationalization of three of the four IPEF negotiating pillars, involving 14 IPEF partners (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam) and works to support the com­mercial success of U.S. businesses and communities across the IPEF markets.

  • In November 2023, IPEF partners signed a first-of-its-kind IPEF Supply Chain Agreement delivering new tools to prevent supply chain disrup­tions. They also announced substantial conclusion of negotiations for proposed groundbreaking agreements on the Clean Economy, the Fair Economy, and an overarching IPEF Agreement. The first would help capture commercial opportunities from clean economy transitions, and the second seeks to improve business environ­ment transparency and predictability, combat corruption, and enhance taxation transparency and efficiency. These outcomes underscore the viability of this state-of-the-art model for long-term regional economic engagement that will deliver tangible outcomes for the United States and its partners.
  • Our Commercial Strategy – Across the IPEF markets, the Department is aligning with likeminded allies and partners, competing to protect U.S. interests and values, investing in our strengths at home, and addressing complex challenges of the 21st Century global economy—such as supply chain security and resilience, climate change, cybersecurity vulnerabili­ties, artificial intelligence, and economic coercion. We are harnessing more than a dozen senior-level, bilateral commercial dialogues with IPEF partners including Australia, India, Japan, Korea, and Singapore to open markets, align standards, and enhance U.S. company competitiveness.
  • Driving Indo-Pacific Commercial Wins – Since 2022, across the Indo-Pacific region and IPEF markets, ITA has helped 18,998 U.S. companies and facilitated approximately $248.8 billion in U.S. exports and inward investment to the United States that supports 792,000 U.S. jobs.
  • Advancing a Clean Economy – In 2023, ITA executed 154 export promotion programs worldwide to support global deployment of U.S. clean technologies and the Administration’s clean energy goals. Clean Tech Strategic Projects Fund programs were held in Malaysia and Vietnam in 2023, with three more events planned in 2024. A Clean EDGE trade mission will visit India in March, and the 2022 Clean EDGE trade mission to Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines catalyzed millions of dollars in deals on SMRs, biofuels, and fuel cell technology.

Reinforcing Deterrence: The Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has been updating export controls on advanced semiconductor technology, thereby restricting the PRC’s ability to obtain and produce items with military applications, including artificial intelligence. BIS has worked to counter export control evasion to Russia; coordinated bilaterally with the export control authorities of more than a dozen governments, including Japan and South Korea; and engaged partners through regional forums, such as the Southeast Asia Forum on Export Controls and the Asian Export Control Seminar.

Strengthening an Empowered and Unified ASEAN: In cooperation with Singapore, ITA and the Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have promoted enhanced ASEAN digital standards and cybersecurity that facilitate and secure commercial opportunities across Southeast Asia. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues its work with ASEAN on the administration and civil and criminal enforcement of IP rights. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) broadened international training programs for ASEAN countries to implement the Port State Measures Agreement to deter illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

Supporting India’s Continued Rise and Regional Leadership: Through Commerce Secretary Raimondo’s active work on the U.S.-India Commercial Dialogue and U.S.-India CEO Forum—and with visits by Indian Prime Minister Modi to the United States and by President Biden to India in 2023—the Commerce Department is driving shared action on nearly every aspect of the Indo-Pacific strategy. The Secretary visited New Delhi in March 2023 and has signed MOUs with her Indian counterpart in support of the two countries’ ambitions to elevate and expand their technology partnership through a U.S.-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology. These MOUs establish a semiconductor supply chain and innovation partnership and con­nect the two countries’ dynamic startup ecosystems.

Delivering on the Quad: Through the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between the United States, Australia, India, and Japan, Commerce will continue to strengthen cooperation on critical and emerging technologies and clean energy. These include advancing the five working groups focused on artificial intelligence, semiconduc­tors, clean energy and critical minerals, mobile networks, and quantum information sciences that were established under the Quad Investors Network last year.

Expanding U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Cooperation: Our long-time allies and trade partners, Korea and Japan, are cornerstones of the semiconductor, advanced manufacturing, electric vehicle manufacturing, and other hi-tech industries. The three countries seek to hold their first trilateral meeting of Commerce and Industry Ministers in 2024, which will advance the commit­ments made at the Camp David Trilateral Summit last year and strengthen trilateral collaboration in key sectors of tomorrow’s economy.

Partnering to Build Resilience in the Pacific Islands: The Department has expanded engagement in Pacific Island Countries (PIC), including through last year’s announcement that it will lead a U.S. business delegation to the PICs in the coming year, complemented by virtual trade promotion events. Through the work of NOAA, the Department supports the Local2030 Islands Network, which helps com­munities understand and prepare for climate variability and change, along with advanced disaster risk reduc­tion initiatives such as the Weather Ready Pacific, and advanced meteorological training to antici­pate and respond to extreme weather events. Tsunami Ready Programs have equipped Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau with critical tsunami resources and decision support tools.

Supporting Good Governance and Accountability: The USPTO organized the first gathering of IPEF partner judiciaries to strengthen legal handling of intel­lectual property litigation, and has organized similar work through APEC, the Oceania Customs Organization, the Asian Development Bank, and through a regional IP Attaché in Bangkok. Support and legal technical assistance from the Department’s Commercial Law Development Program are helping governments across the Indo-Pacific with good governance and bidding rules for clean energy projects; infrastructure procurement improve­ments in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, the Philippines, and Mongolia; mining governance in Malaysia, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea; and support on data governance, cross-border privacy rules, and technical standards for supply chain security in ASEAN, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. The U.S. Census Bureau’s demographic, trade, and geospatial data for the Indo-Pacific Region is informing people and policymakers of essential data, trends, projections, and support to expand capabilities. For instance, the Bureau worked with India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry to study merchandise trade statistics asymmetries, giving businesses and policymakers a clearer picture of trade trends.

Supporting Open, Resilient, Secure, and Trustworthy Technologies: Work on critical and emerging technologies (CET) is vital for our nation’s security and economic prosper­ity. It ensures that the worldwide digital transformation benefits our economies, societies, and workers. The Department is expanding partnerships on clean technology, defense, energy, and critical infrastructure through CET initiatives with the governments of India, Singapore, Japan, Korea, and Australia, and with companies. We are harnessing inter­na­tional standards to drive artificial intelligence and digital policies that balance safety and security with innovation, competition, and better market access. Our National Telecommuni­cations and Information Administration (NTIA) helped drive Quad agreement on frameworks for 5G and Open RAN supplier diversity, advanced interoperability, security, and deepened industry engagement. The Department’s 2023 cy­bersecurity trade mission to Korea, Japan, and Taiwan ITA has generated significant new cybersecurity commercial agreements for participating U.S. companies.

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Thank you for that introduction, Kylie. I am grateful for your leadership as the Chief Opportunity and Inclusion Officer at CHIPS. It’s my honor to welcome you to the Department of Commerce, especially as we observe Black History Month.

It’s hard to overstate how transformative the CHIPS for America program is going to be for communities across the country. Semiconductors have become integral to nearly every part of our daily lives, and they are rapidly expanding the frontiers of technological innovation.

Thanks to President Biden’s leadership, we are investing $50 billion through the CHIPS for America to revitalize America’s domestic semiconductor industry. It’s going to bolster our national security, spur a new generation of American innovation and R&D, make our supply chains more resilient, and create hundreds of thousands of good jobs.

But we need more workers to meet this moment, from engineers and technicians to researchers and fab managers. That means investing in our workforce and diversifying it. It’s the only way we’re going to get the job done. In fact, I’ve called on college and universities to triple the number of graduates in semiconductor-related fields.

Now, we know that government can’t do it alone. We need a whole-of-society approach, with industry, labor, and educational institutions coming with us together to build a skilled, diverse workforce that can construct and then operate these semiconductor fabs as close to on time and on budget as possible.

At the same time, we have to ensure that America stays at the forefront of technological innovation, especially with the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence. It’s crucial for both our national security and our economic security. The good news is that the CHIPS funding also includes $11 billion to advance U.S. leadership in semiconductor R&D.

And it’s why we need you – America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities – more than ever. You are a key part of meeting our goals. With the launch of the HBCU CHIPS Network – working in conjunction with Georgia Tech – we’re going to help ensure we have the talent and innovation we need while also bridging gaps in access and opportunity for Black Americans, not widening them. I want you to keep thinking about how your HBCUs can work together with private companies to ensure graduates are ready to start working on day one. If you have ideas, talk to my team, because we are all ears. 

CHIPS for America is our chance to tap into our nation’s greatest resources: our unrivaled innovation and our diversity of talent. By doing so, we are going to execute one of the biggest, boldest projects America has ever undertaken. Thank you again for being here today and your willingness to join the HBCU CHIPS Network. This work is important, and we know that your partnership will help ensure that CHIPS for America is a resounding success and bring more Black Americans into our exciting innovation ecosystem. Thank you.

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Thank you to those of you in attendance today. Many of you have given your time and ideas over the last several years to help us design the plan for the National Semiconductor Technology Center and the CHIPS Research & Development Programs. A special thanks to members of the CHIPS Industrial Advisory Committee, chaired by Mike Splinter, who put in a tremendous amount of work since forming in the fall of 2022 through hundreds of meetings with industry and other stakeholders to make recommendations to me and the Department.

It’s hard to believe it’s only been 18 months since President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law. Even in that short amount of time, we’ve accomplished so much.

On the incentives side, we’re allocating a huge amount of taxpayer money for industry to rebuild American semiconductor manufacturing – that's a lot to be excited about.

As most of you in this room know, CHIPS for America is also investing $11 billion in CHIPS funding that’s focused on R&D. That’s because the success of the CHIPS for America program will be short-lived if we focus only on manufacturing. R&D is how we ensure the sustainability and resilience of our semiconductor industry at home.

Maintaining our global leadership in chip innovation is also crucial to our ability to lead the world in developing AI safely and responsibly. Our national security and our economic security depend on it. We need to be nimble and dynamic so that we can keep pace. We’ll only do that by having a strong R&D ecosystem at home.

That’s where the NSTC – the National Semiconductor Technology Center – comes in. As a public-private partnership, the NSTC will convene government, industry, customers, suppliers, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, and investors to innovate, connect, and solve problems.

We’re incredibly proud that Deirdre Hanford will lead this effort. She is a semiconductor industry leader with 30 years of experience, and at Natcast, will operate the NSTC consortium. I’m also pleased to announce that the Commerce Department expects to invest over $5 billion in this once-in-a-generation program.

The NSTC will also prioritize launching a Workforce Center of Excellence, which will be the definitive, trusted hub for workforce development for semiconductor companies doing business in America. We want the NSTC to be the place where stakeholders work together to solve the industry’s workforce challenges, help accelerate best practices, and strengthen recruitment and training of the next generation of semiconductor researchers, engineers, and technicians.  

This is exciting work that’s going supercharge American innovation, and I’m looking forward to getting the NSTC consortium up and running. It’s my honor to be here with all of you to sign this agreement. Thank you.

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FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Over $5 Billion from the CHIPS and Science Act for Research, Development, and Workforce
FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Over $5 Billion from the CHIPS and Science Act for Research, Development, and Workforce ASowah@doc.gov Fri, 02/09/2024 - 09:02 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, February 9, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov

The Administration expects to invest billions in the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC), now established as a public-private consortium, and other CHIPS Research and Development (R&D) priorities

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced it expects to invest over $5 billion in semiconductor-related research, development, and workforce needs, including in the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC), to advance President Biden’s goals of driving R&D in the United States. As part of the implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act and the President’s Investing in America agenda, these investments advance U.S. leadership in semiconductor R&D, cut down on the time and cost of commercializing new technologies, bolster U.S. national security, and connect and support workers in securing good semiconductor jobs.  

Semiconductors were invented in America and serve as the backbone of the modern economy. But today, the United States produces less than 10 percent of global supply and none of the most advanced chips. Similarly, decades ago the U.S. government invested nearly 2% of GDP in R&D. At that time, federally funded initiatives allowed America led the world in innovation – creating life-changing advances in technology like GPS and the internet. In recent years, however, the government investment ratio has fallen below 1 percent. Under President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the CHIPS and Science Act aims to change that by making a historic investment in U.S. semiconductor manufacturing, research and development (R&D), and the workforce. The CHIPS R&D program includes $11 billion in total funding to advance four programs: the NSTC; the National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program (NAPMP); the CHIPS Metrology Program; and the CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute. The NSTC, as the centerpiece of the CHIPS R&D program, will bring together and support government, industry, labor, customers, suppliers, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, and investors to accelerate the pace of new innovations, lower barriers to participation in semiconductor R&D, and directly address fundamental needs for a skilled, diverse semiconductor workforce. 
 
Today, the White House hosted research and development and workforce convenings with senior Administration leadership, industry, academia, think tanks, state and local government, and labor, where the Biden-Harris Administration announced several milestones that will drive U.S. leadership in cutting-edge semiconductor research and development, including:
 
Building the National Semiconductor Technology Center

  • Planning to invest at least $5 billion in the NSTC, which is now formally established as a Public-Private Consortium by the Secretaries of Commerce, Defense, and Energy, the Director of the National Science Foundation, and Natcast CEO Deirdre Hanford;
  • Announcing NSTC research priorities for 2024, laying the groundwork to ensure the NSTC supports the U.S. in developing the next generation of semiconductor technologies by supporting design, prototyping, and piloting and through ensuring innovators have access to critical capabilities; and
  • Launching the NSTC Community of Interest, a no-cost, pre-membership program for interested stakeholders to provide input into the program offerings and structure of the NSTC.

Investing in the Semiconductor Workforce

  • Planning to invest at least hundreds of millions of dollars in the NSTC’sworkforce efforts, including the creation of a Workforce Center of Excellence with a presence in multiple regions. This work will build on the Administration’s efforts to create equitable training pathways to connect Americans to the good-paying, high quality jobs in critical industries of the future created by the President’s Investing in America Agenda, including work done through the Biden-Harris Administration’s Workforce Hubs and Advanced Manufacturing Sprint. The NSTC will leverage workforce investments made by industry, academia, and other education and workforce partners and its own funding to:
    • Convene stakeholders, facilitating connections between employers and education and training providers, such as community and technical colleges, workforce development boards, and registered apprenticeship programs;
    • Use data to measure the success of existing programs and to guide future investment;
    • Scale up proven education and training programs; and
    • Pilot new efforts, including initiatives to engage underserved communities.
    • Additional activities could include synthesizing semiconductor education and training to form a common baseline education program, launching campaigns to attract new students and workers to the semiconductor industry, developing new training methodologies, and accelerating access to educational resources.
  • Continuing to engage a broad set of stakeholders to guide the stand-up of the NSTC’s workforce activities, with the goal of launching in summer 2024. The NSTC’s workforce activities will engage senior leadership from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Labor, and Department of Education, among other federal agencies, to ensure the NSTC benefits from expertise across the government, in addition to experts from industry, academia, labor, and workforce training providers.

Investing in Other Key R&D Needs

  • Commerce released a Notice of Intent to invest at least $200 million in a CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute to create a first-of-its-kind semiconductor manufacturing digital twin institute, which will allow innovators to replicate and experiment with physical manufacturing processes at low cost, helping to significantly reduce U.S. chip development and manufacturing costs, improve development cycle time, and accelerate the adoption of innovation semiconductor manufacturing technologies;
  • Commerce released a Notice of Intent to fund up to $300 million in new R&D activities in advanced packaging of substrates and substrate materials, a key technology for manufacturing semiconductors, to improve all aspects of system performance and support the breadth of new semiconductor applications; and
  • Commerce has awarded over $100 million in funding across 29 projects in the CHIPS Metrology program addressing common needs across the microelectronic industry. Current projects are helping to develop new measurement instruments, measurement methods, and measurement-informed models and simulations for advanced microelectronics design and manufacturing, all of which will help inventors and entrepreneurs more easily scale innovations into commercial products.

    Today’s announcements build on the progress the Administration has already made in advancing research, development, and innovation in the United States through implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act. Last week, the White House and the National Science Foundation announced 10 U.S. regions that are emerging as innovation ecosystems and receiving over $530 million in investment catalyzed by the National Science Foundation’s Regional Innovation Engines program, including to support advanced semiconductor packaging capabilities in Osceola County, Florida. Over the last several months, the Biden-Harris Administration also officially designated a new nonprofit, the National Center for the Advancement of Semiconductor Technology (Natcast), as the operator of the NSTC, and announced the selection of a Board of Directors and a CEO.  And, in the fall of 2023, the Administration announced the designation of 31 Regional Tech Hubs, including hubs in New York, Oregon, Vermont, Texas, and Oklahoma that will specifically focus on spurring and supporting innovation in semiconductor manufacturing.

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Biden-Harris Administration Launches Next Phase for Over $5 Billion in CHIPS R&D Investments, Including the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC)
Biden-Harris Administration Launches Next Phase for Over $5 Billion in CHIPS R&D Investments, Including the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) ASowah@doc.gov Fri, 02/09/2024 - 05:57 Artificial Intelligence FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, February 9, 2024 Office of Public Affairs publicaffairs@doc.gov

Today, leaders from the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy; and the National Science Foundation; and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for the Advancement of Semiconductor Technology (Natcast) gathered at the White House to announce over $5 billion in expected investment in the CHIPS R&D program, including the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC), and formally establish a public-private consortium for the NSTC. The announcement included hundreds of millions of dollars of expected investment in the semiconductor workforce; along with specific funding announcements in packaging, metrology, and a CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute. This announcement is a reflection of President Biden’s commitment to American innovation and research and development.

The NSTC is the centerpiece of CHIPS for America’s $11 billion research and development (R&D) program. A once in-a-generation opportunity, the NSTC will bring together government, industry, labor, customers, suppliers, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, and investors to accelerate the pace of new innovations from idea to marketplace. As a public-private consortium, the NSTC will lower the barriers to participation in semiconductor R&D to create a more vibrant national ecosystem and to directly address fundamental needs for a skilled, diverse semiconductor workforce.

Following the announcements and consortium agreement signing, leaders from across the semiconductor community participated in roundtables led by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Arati Prabhakar, National Science Foundation Director Sethuraman Panchanathan, and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Laurie E. Locascio, along with senior government leaders from the White House; Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Labor, Education; and the National Science Foundation. The roundtables centered on the R&D opportunities and need for industry participation, along with how CHIPS for America will help increase access to talent for employers and access to opportunity for Americans who want to work in the semiconductor industry.

“CHIPS research and development programs are at the core of our greatest innovations and help to find the solutions for the semiconductor industry’s most pressing challenges. With strategic investments in R&D complementing targeted industry incentives, CHIPS for America will not only bring semiconductor manufacturing back to the U.S. – it will keep it here for good. As we create opportunities for good-paying jobs, the workforce initiatives, such as the NSTC Workforce Center of Excellence, will help ensure a diverse, skilled, and prepared workforce across the nation,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

“Because of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, semiconductor manufacturing is coming back in America. Now it’s time to make sure we win the future, too. The NSTC is a place where our CHIPS R&D investments will deliver big advances—advances that will open opportunities for the American semiconductor industry, create good-paying jobs, and strengthen our supply chains,” said White House Office of Science and Technology Director Arati Prabhakar.

President Biden’s CHIPS and Science Act appropriated $39 billion to the Department of Commerce in funding to onshore semiconductor manufacturing through an incentives program. The appropriation also included $11 billion to advance U.S. leadership in semiconductor R&D through four programs: the NSTC, the National Advanced Packing Manufacturing Program, the CHIPS Metrology Program and the CHIPS Manufacturing USA Institute.

“For the United States to lead the world in semiconductors, all parts of the R&D enterprise must work hand in hand with manufacturers to bolster each other’s successes and move the industry ever forward,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Laurie E. Locascio. “With the NSTC at the epicenter, CHIPS R&D programs are working to revolutionize the U.S. semiconductor ecosystem and enable rapid adoption of innovations to enhance domestic competitiveness for decades to come.” 

With the official launch of the NSTC consortium, there are opportunities to express interest in joining the NSTC. Further information about this may be found on the Natcast website.

“Our first priority is to build a community whose members will help define the strategy and investments core to the semiconductor R&D ecosystem,” said Deirdre Hanford, CEO of Natcast, the nonprofit operator of the NSTC. “The NSTC represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to establish a new, long-lasting institution that can serve as an engine of innovation to benefit our nation's national and economic security for decades to come.”  

The NSTC is one of four CHIPS for America research and development programs. Together, these programs are establishing the innovation ecosystem needed to ensure that American semiconductor fabrication facilities, including those funded by the CHIPS for America Act, produce the world’s most sophisticated and advanced technologies. CHIPS for America’s Jay Lewis, NSTC Program Director, and Deirdre Hanford, CEO of Natcast, will provide an update on early NSTC activities in March 2024.  Sign up for the CHIPS newsletter for updates.  

About CHIPS for America   

CHIPS for America is part of President Biden’s economic plan to invest in America, stimulate private sector investment, create good-paying jobs, make more in the United States, and revitalize communities left behind. CHIPS for America includes the CHIPS Program Office, responsible for manufacturing incentives, and the CHIPS Research and Development (R&D) Office, responsible for R&D programs. Both offices sit within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the Department of Commerce. NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST is uniquely positioned to successfully administer the CHIPS for America program because of the bureau’s strong relationships with U.S. industries, its deep understanding of the semiconductor ecosystem, and its reputation as fair and trusted. Visit chips.gov to learn more.

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Today, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Under Secretary Laurie Locascio, Director of the AI Safety Institute Elizabeth Kelly, and Institute Chief Technology Officer Elham Tabassi gave remarks at a roundtable with leading AI developers and deployers in conjunction with the launch of the AI Safety Institute Consortium. Secretary Raimondo moderated the discussion, which ranged from the desire to prioritize the development of evaluations of AI models, to the need for education and communications around best practices in AI safety, to the importance of international interoperability. The Secretary expressed the Department of Commerce’s simultaneous commitment to AI safety and AI innovation, and attendees—all of whom are members of the newly established AI Safety Institute Consortium—articulated their eagerness to participate in Commerce’s work on these efforts. Attendees included representatives from Accenture, Amazon, EqualAI, IBM, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Pfizer, SAS Institute and the University of Maryland.

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Consortium housed under NIST U.S. AI Safety Institute includes more than 200 leading AI stakeholders to help advance the development and deployment of safe, trustworthy AI.

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the creation of the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC), which will unite AI creators and users, academics, government and industry researchers, and civil society organizations in support of the development and deployment of safe and trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI). The consortium will be housed under the U.S. AI Safety Institute (USAISI) and will contribute to priority actions outlined in President Biden’s landmark Executive Order, including developing guidelines for red-teaming, capability evaluations, risk management, safety and security, and watermarking synthetic content. 

“The U.S. government has a significant role to play in setting the standards and developing the tools we need to mitigate the risks and harness the immense potential of artificial intelligence. President Biden directed us to pull every lever to accomplish two key goals: set safety standards and protect our innovation ecosystem. That’s precisely what the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium is set up to help us do,” said Secretary Raimondo. “Through President Biden’s landmark Executive Order, we will ensure America is at the front of the pack – and by working with this group of leaders from industry, civil society, and academia, together we can confront these challenges to develop the measurements and standards we need to maintain America’s competitive edge and develop AI responsibly.”

To keep pace with AI, we have to move fast and make sure everyone – from the government to the private sector to academia – is rowing in the same direction. Thanks to President Biden's landmark Executive Order, the AI Safety Consortium provides a critical forum for all of us to work together to seize the promise and manage the risks posed by AI,” said Bruce Reed, White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

The consortium includes more than 200 member companies and organizations that are on the frontlines of creating and using the most advanced AI systems and hardware, the nation’s largest companies and most innovative startups, civil society and academic teams that are building the foundational understanding of how AI can and will transform our society, and representatives of professions with deep engagement in AI’s use today. The consortium represents the largest collection of test and evaluation teams established to date and will focus on establishing the foundations for a new measurement science in AI safety. The consortium also includes state and local governments, as well as non-profits, and will work with organizations from like-minded nations that have a key role to play in developing interoperable and effective tools for safety around the world.

The full list of consortium participants is available here.

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