June 2020 NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs Constituent Newsletter


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Constituent Newsletter  – June 2020

Recent News

NIST Awards $8.9 Million to Fund Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Projects to Battle COVID-19

NIST has awarded $8.9 million for high-impact biopharmaceutical manufacturing projects to support the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by President Trump in March, the funding will go to the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL)

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NIST Seeks Public Input on Use of Positioning, Navigation and Timing Services

To bolster the resilience of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the wide scope of technologies and services that rely on precision timing, NIST is requesting information from the public about the broad use of positioning, navigation and timing services, as well as the cybersecurity risk management approaches used to protect them.

The request, posted in the Federal Register, is part of NIST’s response to the Feb. 12, 2020, Executive Order 13905, Strengthening National Resilience Through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services

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New Summit Consulting and W.E. Upjohn Institute Study Finds MEP Generates Substantial 13.4:1 ROI Among Other Positive Findings

A recent study by Summit Consulting and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research found the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program generates a substantial economic and financial return of nearly 13.4:1 for the $140 million invested in FY 2019 by the federal government.

The study also finds that total employment in the U.S. was nearly 217,000 higher because of MEP Center projects. In addition, the Upjohn study examined additional areas of economic impact not previously reported by the MEP Program: (1) personal income is $14.0 billion higher and (2) GDP is $22.9 billion larger, translating into an increase of $1.87 billion in personal income tax revenue to the federal government than without the MEP Program.

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Notice of Funding Opportunity: National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) K12 Cybersecurity Education Outreach Program

NIST is soliciting applications from U.S.-located, non-Federal entities to assist the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) in its outreach efforts to build a K12 community that inspires cybersecurity career awareness with students in elementary school, stimulates cybersecurity career exploration in middle school, and enables cybersecurity career preparedness in high school.

NICE seeks to provide financial assistance to an organization engaged with stakeholders involved in helping K12 students pursue cybersecurity education and work-based learning opportunities through a year-round communication and engagement strategy that culminates in the annual NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference.

Applications for the funding opportunity must be submitted by Monday, July 1, 2020.