August 2020 NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs Constituent Newsletter


View As Web Page

NIST Congressional and
Legislative Affairs

Constituent Newsletter  – August 2020

Recent News

Measuring the Sensitivity of COVID Tests with New Material

NIST researchers have produced synthetic gene fragments from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  This material, which is non-infectious and safe to handle, can help manufacturers produce more accurate and reliable diagnostic tests for the disease.  Watch this video to learn more about this project and see what it’s like to work in a lab during a pandemic.

Read More


NIST Manufacturing USA National Emergency Assistance Program Funding

NIST announced $3.4 million in grants to support high-impact projects for COVID-19 pandemic response, with funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by President Donald Trump in March 2020.  The awards were made to four Manufacturing USA Institutes - America Makes, LIFT, ARM, and BioFabUSA.  For additional information, please see the July 6th press release.

Comment Period Open for Draft Revisions to the NICE Framework

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has released a draft revision to NIST Special Publication 800-181, the Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework). The NICE Framework is a fundamental reference for describing and sharing information about cybersecurity work in the form of Task Statements and Work Roles that perform those tasks.

The public comment period for this document will close on August 28, 2020. Please visit the webpage to view the draft document and instructions on how to submit comments.

$50 Million in CARES Act funding to Help Manufacturers Respond to the Pandemic

NIST has awarded $50M in emergency funding to support U.S. manufacturers in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The funding will allow the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico to offer services that help manufacturers increase production of products that support the response to the pandemic, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), and to reach new suppliers or markets, recover from workforce and supply chain interruptions, and achieve greater resilience.

Read More


Upcoming Events

Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) Public Update Meeting

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) Public Update Meeting will take place virtually on September 30, 2020. 

The OSAC works to strengthen the nation’s use of forensic science by facilitating the development of scientifically sound forensic science standards and by promoting the use of those standards by the forensic science community.

This event will include presentations on activity updates, including the latest standards actions, research gaps, challenges being addressed, and priorities for the upcoming year.  Attendees will be offered an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. All presentations and questions from the audience will be available for future on-demand viewing.  For more information including registration and agenda, please click here