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1) FACT SHEET: President Biden's Executive Order Establishes CHIPS Implementation Steering Council, Implementation Priorities (8.25.22)

Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order to implement the semiconductor funding in the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. This legislation will lower the costs of goods, create high paying manufacturing jobs around the country, and ensure we make more critical technologies at home.  This law builds on more than a year of work from the Biden-Harris Administration to respond to acute semiconductor shortages and build more resilient semiconductor supply chains. The historic funding and incentives in the CHIPS Act will help rebuild our supply chains, manufacturing, and infrastructure here at home, along with crucial invests from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. . . .

To coordinate effective implementation of the CHIPS Act across the Administration, the Executive Order establishes an interagency CHIPS Implementation Steering Council. The Steering Council will be co-chaired by National Economic Director Brian Deese, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and the Acting Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Alondra Nelson. Other members of the Steering Council will include . . . .

The Executive Order establishes six primary priorities to guide implementation across the federal government:

-- Protect taxpayer dollars. . . .
-- Meet economic and national security needs. . . .
-- Ensure long-term leadership in the sector. . . .
-- Strengthen and expand regional manufacturing and innovation clusters. . . .
-- Catalyze private sector investment. . . .  
-- Generate benefits for a broad range of stakeholders and communities. . . .

2) Executive Order on the Implementation of the CHIPS Act of 2022 (8.25.22)
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-18840
3) Implementation Strategy for $50 Billion CHIPS for America program (9.6.22)

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released its strategy outlining how the Department will implement $50 billion from the bipartisan CHIPS Act of 2022, signed by President Biden last month. The CHIPS for America program, housed within the Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will revitalize the domestic semiconductor industry and spur innovation while creating good-paying jobs in communities across the country. . . .

The strategy, released today, outlines the initiatives, strategic goals, and guardrails guiding the CHIPS for America program.

The program’s four primary goals are:

-- Establish and expand domestic production of leading edge semiconductors in the US, of which the US currently makes 0% of the world’s supply
-- Build a sufficient and stable supply of mature node semiconductors
-- Invest in R&D to ensure the next generation semiconductor technology is developed and produced in the US.
-- Create tens of thousands of good-paying manufacturing jobs and more than hundred thousand construction jobs. This effort will ensure the pipeline for these jobs expands to include people who have historically not had a chance to participate in this industry, including women, people of color, veterans and people who live in rural areas.
The program supports three distinct initiatives:

-- Large scale investments in leading edge manufacturing: The CHIPS incentives program will target approximately three quarters of the incentives funding, around $28 billion, to establish domestic production of leading-edge logic and memory chips that require the most sophisticated manufacturing processes available today. Those amounts may be available for grants or cooperative agreements, or to subsidize loans or loan guarantees. The Department is still assessing the impact of the newly enacted advanced manufacturing facility investment tax credit on capital expenditures, which will generate significant additional project investment from participants and will reduce the required share of CHIPS incentives funding allocated for leading edge projects. The Department will seek proposals for the construction or expansion of manufacturing facilities to fabricate, package, assemble and test these critical components, particularly focusing on projects that involve multiple high-cost production lines and associated supplier ecosystems.
-- New manufacturing capacity for mature and current-generation chips, new and specialty technologies, and for semiconductor industry suppliers: The CHIPS incentives program will increase domestic production of semiconductors across a range of nodes including chips used in defense and in critical commercial sectors such as automobiles, information and communications technology, and medical devices. This initiative is broad and flexible, encouraging industry participants to craft creative proposals. For this initiative, the Department expects dozens of awards with the total value expected to be at least a quarter of the available CHIPS incentives funding, or approximately $10 billion. Those amounts may be available for grants or cooperative agreements, or to subsidize loans or loan guarantees.
-- Initiatives to strengthen US leadership in R&D: The CHIPS R&D program will invest $11 billion in a National Semiconductor Technology Center, a National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program, up to three new Manufacturing USA Institutes, and in NIST metrology research and development programs. This constellation of programs is intended to create a dynamic new network of innovation for the semiconductor ecosystem in the United States. Executing this vision will require collaboration with academia, industry, and allied countries, and will require sustained investment over many years.

The Strategy also provides clear recommendations for potential applicants, reinforcing the Department’s commitment to advancing long-term strategic goals and identifying criteria against which applications will be evaluated. The criteria include:

-- Increase scale and attract private capital: The CHIPS incentives program will encourage large-scale investments that attract associated suppliers and workforce investments.In addition to committing their own significant resources, potential applicants are encouraged to explore creative financing structures to tap a variety of sources of capital.
-- Leverage collaborations to build out semiconductor ecosystems: The CHIPS incentives program will encourage collaboration between industry stakeholders, investors, customers, designers, and suppliers, and international firms.Such collaborations could include purchase commitments, partnerships that enable fabless design or collaborations between suppliers and producers.
-- Secure additional financial incentives and support to build regional and local industry clusters that strengthen communities: The CHIPS incentives program requires applicants to the incentives program to secure state or local incentives. The Department expects to give preference to projects that include state and local incentive packages that maximize regional and local competitiveness, invest in the surrounding community, and prioritize broad economic gains, rather than outsize financial contributions to a single company.
-- Establish a secure and resilient semiconductor supply chain: The CHIPS incentives program will prioritize projects that adhere to standards and guidelines on information security, data tracking and verification, and that collaborate on further development and adoption of such standards.
-- Expand the workforce pipeline to match increased domestic capacity workforce needs: The CHIPS incentives program will create good-paying jobs that benefit all Americans, including economically-disadvantaged individuals and populations that may be underrepresented in the industry. The program will prioritize workforce solutions that enable employers, training providers, workforce development organizations, labor unions, and other key stakeholders to work together. The goal is to create more paid training and experiential apprenticeship programs, provide wrap around services, prioritize creative recruitment strategies and hire workers based on their acquired skills.
-- Create inclusive and broadly-shared opportunities for businesses: The CHIPS incentives program will prioritize projects that proactively work to ensure that small businesses, minority-owned, veteran-owned and women-owned businesses, and businesses in rural areas, benefit from opportunities generated by the CHIPS programs.
-- Provide robust financial plans: Applicants will be required to provide detailed project-specific and company-level financial data to ensure that incentives funds are meeting the economic and national security goals of the program while protecting taxpayer dollars.

Funding documents, which will provide specific application guidance for the CHIPS for America program, will be released by early February 2023. Awards and loans will be made on a rolling basis as soon as applications can be responsibly processed, evaluated and negotiated.

News release: https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2022/09/biden-administration-releases-implementation-strategy-50-billion-chips
Strategy: https://www.nist.gov/document/chips-america-strategy  
Exec summary of strategy: https://www.nist.gov/system/files/documents/2022/09/06/CHIPS%20Strategic%20Plan%20Executive%20Summary%20%28Sept.%206%2C%202022%29.pdf

Media: NYT, Biden Administration Releases Plan for $50 Billion Investment in Chips https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/06/business/economy/biden-tech-chips.html

4) Commerce Department Releases RFI Results on CHIPS Program (9.1.22)  

As the U.S. Department of Commerce prepares to announce its high-level strategy for the $50 billion Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (“CHIPS”) for America Fund, in the coming weeks, the agency today released a summary of responses to a Request for Information (RFI) on incentives, infrastructure, research and development, and workforce needs to support a strong domestic semiconductor industry. The RFI and analysis was developed with support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Respondents — from small and large companies, government, non-profit and other sectors — recommended close coordination among programs for maximum impact, adding a private capital multiplier requirement for the financial assistance program to maximize impact, and building a skilled workforce.

News release https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2022/09/commerce-department-releases-rfi-results-chips-program  
Report: Incentives, Infrastructure, and Research and Development Needs to Support a Strong Domestic Semiconductor Industry Summary of Responses to Request for Information https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/SpecialPublications/NIST.SP.1282.pdf

5) Press Briefing w/ Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo (9.6.22) https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/press-briefings/2022/09/06/press-briefing-by-press-secretary-karine-jean-pierre-and-commerce-secretary-gina-raimondo/

6) Commerce Department Launches CHIPS.gov (8.25.22)
Chips.gov https://www.nist.gov/chips

7) Remarks by President Biden on Rebuilding American Manufacturing Through the CHIPS and Science Act (Intel groundbreaking, 9.9.22) https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2022/09/09/remarks-by-president-biden-on-rebuilding-american-manufacturing-through-the-chips-and-science-act/

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