In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office to provide a one-stop portal for civil and public use UAS in U.S. airspace. This office is developing a comprehensive plan to integrate and establish operational and certification requirements for UAS. It will also oversee and coordinate UAS research and development.
"This office is to foster collaboration with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including DOD, NASA, industry, academia, and technical standards organizations. In 2015, the FAA will establish an air transportation center of excellence for UAS research, engineering, and development. In addition, the NextGen Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), which is executing a multiagency research and development plan to improve the NAS, has issued a roadmap for UAS research, development, and demonstration.