Dr. John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), has directed all federal agencies to plan for the management of scientific collections. The 6 October 2010 directive was issued as agencies are working internally and with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to develop the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget request. The memorandum directs the implementation of several recommendations included in a 2009 report from the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections. Within 12 months, agencies are directed to assess and realistically project budgets for collections care and maintenance. Additionally, agencies “are urged to share their scientific collections policies and procedures to help [other] agencies develop best practices.” Lastly, agencies are directed to collaborate to document their collections holdings and to make this information available online to the public within 36 months.
The OSTP directive is available at http://nscalliance.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ostp-collections-memo-1062010.pdf.
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