China Cooperation Restriction Remains in Place for NASA, OSTP

The omnibus spending bill passed last week continues to restrict cooperation by NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) with the China.

“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used…to develop, design, plan, promulgate, implement, or execute a bilateral policy, program, order, or contract of any kind to participate, collaborate, or coordinate bilaterally in any way with China or any Chinese owned company unless such activities are specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of enactment of this Act,” the law states.

NASA is further restricted from hosting official Chinese visitors at any of its facilities.

The law includes an exception that allows meetings to take place if NASA or OSTP can certify, in consultation with the FBI, that the activities

(1) pose no risk of resulting in the transfer of technology, data, or other information with national security or economic security implications to China or a Chinese-owned company; and

(2) will not involve knowing interactions with officials who have been determined by the United States to have direct involvement with violations of human rights.

The certification must be submitted to the House Appropriations Committee with details about the meeting at least 30 days before it takes place.