April 2019 NIST Constituent Newsletter

NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs

Monthly Constituent Newsletter - April 2019


FY2020 Budget Request

On March 11, 2019, the President released the Administration's FY2020 budget request, which includes $686.8M in funding for NIST.  While the budget request is a 30% decrease in funding from the FY19 enacted level, NIST prioritizes investment in areas such as quantum science, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, microelectronics and advanced fifth-generation (5G) communications technologies, while maintaining NIST's core measurements science, standards, and technology development capabilities.

Please join Dr. Walter Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director on Monday, April 15th at 1:30 p.m. EST as he discusses the NIST fiscal year 2020 budget.

For webcast and dial-in information, please see below:
Dial-in Number(s):
U.S. & Canada: 866-740-1260
U.S. Toll: 303-248-0285
Access Code: 9755099
Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/9tprf87pqbhu&eom

NIST Privacy Framework

NIST is in the process of developing a Privacy Framework intended to serve as a voluntary tool for organizations to better assess, manage, and communicate about privacy risks so that individuals can enjoy the benefits of innovative technologies with greater confidence and trust.

On February 27th, NIST published a Privacy Framework Outline and Summary Analysis based on the responses received from the 2018 Request for Information. 

NIST will hold the second in a series of public workshops on the development of the Privacy Framework in Atlanta, GA on May 13-14. This workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to engage in discussions and help advance the development of this framework. 

For more information about this effort, visit the NIST Privacy Framework website

Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence

A new executive order signed by the President on February 11, 2019, is intended to maintain U.S. leadership in artificial intelligence.  The executive order tasks NIST with developing “a plan for Federal engagement in the development of technical standards and related tools in support of reliable, robust, and trustworthy systems that use AI technologies”.  

NIST will work with other federal agencies to support the EO’s principles of increasing federal investment in AI research and development, expanding access to data and computing resources, preparing the American workforce for the changes AI will bring, and protecting the United States’ advantage in AI technologies.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity

On March 14, 2019, NIST announced the fiscal year 2019 SBIR Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity.  The program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development that has the potential for commercialization.  

More information on the NIST SBIR Program, including videos that walk potential awardees through the process, can be found on the NIST website. 




NIST FY2020 Budget Request

On April 9, 2019, Dr. Walter Copan, Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of NIST testified before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Technology on the NIST FY2020 budget request.  

You may view a copy of Dr. Copan's testimony or a webcast of the hearing.

Cyber Crime: An Existential Threat to Small Business

On March 13, 2019, Dr. Charles Romine, Director of the Information Technology Laboratory at NIST testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  The purpose of the hearing was to have a discussion about cybersecurity issues facing the small business community. 

You may view a copy of Dr. Romine’s testimony or a webcast of the hearing. 

There were two panels at the hearing:

Witnesses Panel 1

  • Dr. Charles Romine, Director, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST
  • Ms. Maria Roat, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Small Business Administration

Witnesses Panel 2

  • Ms. Karen Harper, President, Charles River Analytics, Inc.
  • Ms. Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, CompTIA
  • Ms. Stacey Smith, President & CEO, Cyber Association of Maryland, Inc. 

Revitalizing American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing

On March 26, 2019, Mr. Michael Molnar, Director of the NIST Office of Advanced Manufacturing testified before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Technology and Subcommittee on Energy.  The purpose of the hearing was to review the successes and further opportunities for the Manufacturing USA Institutes to achieve the goal of improving the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.  

You may view a copy of Mr. Molnar's testimony or a webcast of the hearing.  

Witnesses at the hearing:

  • Mr. Ryan Myers, Director of Business Development, DoD, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

  • Mr. Mike Molnar, Director of the Office of Advanced Manufacturing, National Institute of Standards and Technology

  • Dr. John Hopkins, CEO, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)

  • Ms. Valri Lightner, Acting Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Dr. Mitchell Dibbs, Associate R&D Director, External Technology - Government Programs, The Dow Chemical Company