September 2021 NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs Constituent Newsletter


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NIST Congressional and
Legislative Affairs

Constituent Newsletter  – September 2021

Recent News

Nominations for National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced that the Commerce Department has established a high-level committee to advise the President and other federal agencies on a range of issues related to artificial intelligence (AI). Working with the National AI Initiative Office (NAIIO) in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Department is now seeking to recruit top-level candidates to serve on the committee.

A formal notice describing the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC) and the call for nominations for the committee and its Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement appears in the Federal Register published today.

The deadline for initial nominations is October 25, 2021.  In addition, nominations for the Committee and Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement will be accepted on an ongoing basis and will be considered as vacancies arise. NIST will provide administrative support to the committee. Details for submitting nominations are included in the Federal Register notice.


NIST Establishes Expert Team to Investigate the Champlain Towers South Collapse

On August 25, 2021, NIST announced the expert team members who will conduct a technical investigation into the June 24, 2021, partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida. 

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Manufacturing USA Report to Congress: FY2020

Manufacturing USA submitted their annual report to Congress for FY2020.  This annual report to Congress provides updates on the Manufacturing USA network response to COVID-19, as well as manufacturing technology development and workforce impacts from across the manufacturing innovation institutes. 

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Public Safety Communications Research Economic Impact

A recently released report outlines the $509.8M economic impact of the NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division.  Visit our commercialization page to learn more about the states where R&D award winners are based and read about how PSCR’s R&D investments bolster that state’s economy.   Since its inception in 2016, PSCR has delivered public-private partnerships that drove research and development of critical, life-saving communications capabilities for first responders.  

This report completed by the Eastern Research Group (ERG) demonstrates the economic activity created from NIST PSCR’s research mechanisms translated to broad impacts to the states. 


NIST Announces Top 4 Winners in the National First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge 

NIST recently announced the four winners of the 2021 PSCR First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge. In the four-stage challenge, participants designed, built and flew an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with the goal of flying for the longest time possible while carrying a 10-pound (4.5-kilogram) payload. The first-place prize of $100,000 went to Team AAC from Advanced Aircraft Company; the second-place prize of $40,000 went to Team IE from Intelligent Energy Ltd; and the third-place prize of $20,000 went to Team ARCC from Penn State’s Autonomous Robotics Competition Club. Additional honors were awarded to these teams and one other team, Team Endure Air, for eight $5,000 Best-in-Class prizes.  

For more information about PSCR’s First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge and other funding opportunities, please visit the NIST PSCR UAS challenge webpage



Baldrige Fall Conference

The annual Baldrige Fall Conference will be held virtually October 21 – 22, 2021.  The conference features presentations from national and state Baldrige Award recipients --including 2020 Baldrige recipients -- sharing their proven performance management practices and real-world insights into navigating forward.

Early bird registration is available through September 15th