June 2021 NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs Constituent Newsletter


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NIST Congressional and
Legislative Affairs

Constituent Newsletter  – June 2021

Recent News

Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity

On May 12, 2021 President Biden signed an Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (14028), which charges multiple agencies – including NIST– with enhancing cybersecurity through a variety of initiatives. Read more about NIST specific tasks outlined in the EO.


Don Graves Sworn-in as Deputy Secretary of Commerce

On May 14th, Don Graves was sworn-in as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The Senate confirmed his nomination by a vote of 89 to 7. 

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NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program Upcoming Events

The NIST Cybersecurity for IoT Program is hosting a series of roundtables on June 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 1:00pm ET on the non-technical capabilities needed across multiple sectors to make IoT devices securable. Each event requires separate registration.

AI Measurement and Evaluation Workshop

NIST will hold a virtual workshop on Artificial Intelligence Measurement and Evaluation June 15-17, 2021. The three-day workshop aims to bring together stakeholders and experts to identify the most pressing needs for AI measurement and evaluation and to advance the state of the art and practice.

Register here for the workshop.


2021 Disaster Resilience Symposium

The NIST Engineering Laboratory will be hosting its third annual symposium virtually on July 20-21, 2021 featuring the Disaster Resilience Grant Research Program recipients from 2019

Recipients will present their research and findings from their awards from topics related to Disaster and Failure StudiesNational Earthquake Hazards Reduction ProgramWind Impact Reduction, and Reduced Ignition of Building Components in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires Project

Registration for the symposium is now open.


SolarWinds and Beyond: Improving the Cybersecurity of Software Supply Chains Hearing

On May 25, 2021, Matt Scholl, Chief, Computer Security Division, Information Technology Laboratory testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight and Subcommittee on Research and Technology.  The purpose of the hearing was to examine the causes and impacts of recent supply chain attacks on Federal Agencies, explore how Federal Agencies currently mitigate their software supply chain risks, and consider how best to improve software supply chain security.

View a copy of his testimony or a video of the hearing.

Hearing on the Department of Commerce Budget Request for FY2022

On May 26, 2021, Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on the Department’s FY22 Budget Request. 

View a copy of her testimony or video of the hearing