The public agenda was focused primarily on ongoing projects, with presentations on studies PCAST is conducting on forensics and biological defense. PCAST also heard from members of the National Academies Committee on Accessible and Affordable Health Care for Adults. PCAST issued a letter report on innovation in hearing technologies in late 2015, and the Academies released its report last month. As you might expect, the Academies’ report is longer, with more detailed research and recommendations than the PCAST letter report.
For once, there was some detail about the private session that PCAST (likely) held with the President. Per the Federal Register, PCAST was to meet with the President for an hour to discuss a report on “Action Needed to Protect Against Biological Attack.” The meeting was to be held in a secure location and the contents of that report may not be made public due to national defense or security interests. (Pardon the verb tense, as I’m not sure whether the scheduled meeting took place, and may never know given the security concerns.)
The next meeting of PCAST is likely in September. And yes, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted about the May meeting of PCAST. I will rectify that shortly.