Commerce, NIST and Implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022

There were many vital takeaways from our recent What’s Next? interview with Dr. Melissa Flagg and Dr. Jennifer Buss on the Chips and Science Act of 2022, but the most crucial insights from Flagg and Buss were about the future role of the Department of Commerce and the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is housed at Commerce) in the implementation of the legislation.

The implementation of the Chips and Science Act of 202 is, arguably, a marathon not a sprint (although the three to five-year timeline of the law is structured as a spring, which is a telling data point in and of itself). OODA Loop is tracking this implementation phase.  In the last few weeks, Commerce and NIST both provided the following signals and outcomes.