What's your idea for action?


The Day One Project is looking for the most compelling S&T policy ideas to showcase to policymakers. Here’s a running list of priority topics and specific questions at the forefront of policymakers’ minds. 

The Day One Project is seeking scientists, technologists, and policy experts to craft policy solutions to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the Biden-Harris Administration. The topics below represent priority areas you might consider in pitching a policy idea to the Project.

How It Works

The Day One Project works with issue experts to transform bold ideas into actionable policy recommendations, ready for action in the Biden-Harris Administration. We focus on tailoring our proposals to the policymaker by working with contributors to develop  innovative ideas into ready-for-action federal policy memos. We’ll release a new set of topics and questions every two months to prompt thinking on critical issues. Submit your idea here.

Additionally, we are interested in hearing from new and diverse voices on how to solve the challenges facing our nation. Is there an expert who should be writing a Day One proposal? Submit your suggestions here.

We’ve identified a targeted set of key questions that the next administration will face with respect to National Security and Surveillance and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. We are eager to solicit your policy solutions to these pressing issues. Review these issues by clicking on a topic below. 

Key Issues

National Security and Surveillance

  • What actions should the National Security Council and broader national security apparatus take to address domestic terrorism?
  • What actions are necessary to strengthen our cybersecurity and protect our data from foreign cyber intrusions?
  • How do we protect American elections against future security threats?
  • What should be the next administration’s policy on third party doctrine?
  • How should the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act be reformed?
  • How can the Federal Government invest in de-identification and privacy protections for facial recognition data?
  • How can the government protect citizens against discriminatory biometric surveillance?
  • How should the Federal Government balance use of facial recognition against its chilling effects?
  • What should the government’s border search policy be?
  • What reforms need to be made in the use of police body cameras, Stingrays, persistent aircraft surveillance, automatic license plate readers, video management software, and other digital surveillance tech?
  • What additional rules should the FAA consider for drone regulation?
  • What underlying assumptions in surveillance policies are taken for granted but should be explicitly reconsidered?
  • How might the United States and allies promote more responsible use of surveillance technology internationally?

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Supporting Entrepreneurs

  • What kind of health care options can the Federal Government develop for early-stage entrepreneurs?
  • What kinds of student loan relief can the Federal Government provide for entrepreneurs?
  • What should the Federal Government do to make it easier for entrepreneurs to form their own companies?
Immigration Reforms
  • How can immigration policy shift to benefit American innovation—particularly, with respect to expanding or adapting H1B and O visas?
  • What executive actions can the incoming administration take to encourage foreign entrepreneurs to immigrate to the United States and start businesses here?
Access to Capital
  • Only about 0.5% of all new companies are funded by venture capital, and this capital is allocated inequitably: less than 3% of venture capital goes to white women founders, and less than 1% to BIPOC women founders. There is no reasonable way to conclude that such an allocation is solely merit-based. What is the single most effective government policy that would meaningfully achieve a more equitable and merit-based allocation?
  • Only about 20% of all new companies are funded by bank-issued business loans, with BIPOC communities 2-3 times more likely to be turned down for a loan by such traditional lenders. What is the single most effective federal government policy that would meaningfully achieve a more equitable approval rate?
  • Over 80% of new companies are funded without any institutional sources of capital, with entrepreneurs instead relying on friends, family, home equity, or credit cards. This exposes the overwhelming majority of entrepreneurs to personal financial ruin if their ventures are unsuccessful, which is more likely than not after 5 years. What is the single most effective federal policy that would allow substantially more institutional capital to replace entrepreneurs' personal financial contributions?
  • There is an unknown but no doubt large number of would-be entrepreneurs who never get started, because like most Americans they lack resources based on friends, family, home equity, or credit cards. What is the single most effective federal government policy that would allow institutional capital to fund entrepreneurs without personal or family financial resources?
  • What actions should the Small Business Administration take to expand access to capital for entrepreneurs?
  • What should a sovereign venture capital fund look like?
  • How can we expand the nation’s investor base? In which ways should the Federal Government update investor accreditation standards to allow more sophisticated investors to participate?
  • What steps should the incoming administration take to encourage startups to go public rather than be acquired by established firms?
Regional Innovation
  • What actions should the Federal Government take to energize American entrepreneurship in inner cities and rural communities?
  • Where should the Federal Government create innovation hubs to spark greater economic activity and establish new industries?
  • How can the Federal Government leverage existing labor force and industrial infrastructure in the Midwest to spark innovation?