This post courtesy of David Schindel:
I am pleased to attach the policy on scientific collections that was signed recently by Dr. John Holdren, Science Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The memo was distributed to all federal agencies this week. Those of us involved in the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections are very pleased that it raises the profile of scientific collections, and sets deadlines for implementation of three recommendations from the IWGSC report (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/sci-collections-report-2009-rev2.pdf).
This message demonstrates the seriousness attached to scientific collections by the Obama Administration. I hope you will transmit it to colleagues in your respective countries and scientific disciplines along with the IWGSC report.