September 2019 NIST Constituent Newsletter

NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs

Monthly Constituent Newsletter - September 2019


Preliminary Draft of the NIST Privacy Framework

NIST has released the preliminary draft of the NIST Privacy Framework: A Tool for Improving Privacy Through Enterprise Risk Management for comment.  Written comments may be submitted by mail to Katie MacFarland, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2000, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 or electronic submissions may be sent to  Comments in response to this notice must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST, 45 days after date of publication in the Federal Register Notice.  Additional information on the NIST Privacy Framework can be found here

Public Safety Communications Research Division’s Tech to Protect Challenge

Help emergency responders save lives by advancing the future of public safety communications!  The NIST Public Safety Communications Research Division’s Tech to Protect Challenge is hosting a series of ten regional codeathons September 27-29 and November 1-3 in a city near you. Join us in creating prototype software and communications technologies for emergency responders.  We are currently:

  • Recruiting in-person and online participants, reviewers, and judges;
  • Building a network of national co-sponsorships, regional co-sponsorships, and local public safety agency partnerships; and
  • Preparing to award up to 182 cash prizes between $1,000 and $100,000, totaling $2.2 million to top performing participants.

To learn more or register please visit the Tech to Protect Challenge website or email


2019 NICE Conference and Expo

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference and Expo – hosted by Florida International University, New America, and Arizona State University – will be held November 18 – 20, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ.  This annual conference brings together thought leaders from industry, government, academia, and non-profit organizations to address the community’s cybersecurity education, training, and workforce needs.  Throughout the conference, attendees will have access to over 30 presentations covering best practices from around the world and across sectors. 

Registration for this event is now open. 


2019 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference

On December 9-10, 2019, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) K12 Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, CA.   Join us as we expand the national effort to promote and increase the K12 cybersecurity education programs on-going throughout the country, and address how K12 education is uniquely positioned to accelerate learning, identify methods to best nurture a diverse learning community, and provide approaches to guide career development and workforce planning for students.

Early Bird Registration pricing is now open for the 2019 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference. 


Raising the Bar: Progress and Future Needs in Forensic Science

On September 10th at 10:30 a.m., Susan Ballou, Program Manager, Forensic Science Research Program, Special Programs Office at NIST will testify before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on NIST’s role in the advancement of forensic science research and standards.   

There will be a live video stream of the hearing. 

Additional Witnesses include:

  • Ms. Vicki Zemp Behenna; Executive Director; Oklahoma Innocence Project
  • Mr. Matthew Gamette; Crime Lab Director; Idaho State Police Forensic Services
  • Ms. Lynn Garcia; General Counsel; Texas Forensic Science Commission
  • Dr. Karen Kafadar; Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics; University of Virginia and President, American Statistical Association