October 2021 NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs Constituent Newsletter


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NIST Congressional and
Legislative Affairs

Constituent Newsletter  – October 2021


On September 30, 2021, Congress passed H.R.5305 - Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act.  In addition to continuing to fund the federal government until December 3, 2021, this Act also provides NIST $22M for necessary expenses related to the investigation into the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, FL.

Recent News

PSCR’s Virtual Lab Tour Now Available to the Public

PSCR tour

NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division is pleased to announce the public release of its Virtual Lab Tour, a “behind the scenes” look into PSCR’s state-of-the-art innovation laboratory and the people working to advance public safety communications research and development (R&D). 

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Implementation Plan for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Strategic Plan

NICE implementation plan

The NICE Community Coordinating Council is pleased to announce the Implementation Plan for the NICE Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan, released November 2020, outlines NICE's mission, vision, goals, and objectives. The Implementation Plan expands on this by identifying strategies for each objective. Over the last several months, the NICE Community Coordinating Council Working Groups and NICE program office staff have met to prepare strategies, tactics, and success measures for implementing the Strategic Plan.  

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) and 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

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.


Public Comments on the draft version of SP 1800-10Protecting Information and System Integrity in Industrial Control System Environments

NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence has published draft practice guide, Special Publication 1800-10, Protecting Information and System Integrity in Industrial Control System Environments for comment. We are seeking the public’s expertise now until November 7, 2021.   

This guide is the latest in a series of free publications to help organizations protect their data, privacy, and overall operational security.

Funding Opportunities

Mobile Fingerprint Innovation Technology (mFIT) Challenge Launched

The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division has launched the mFIT Challenge, inviting innovators to build and demonstrate prototype applications or mobile device accessories for fingerprint capture by law enforcement officers in the field.  The challenge has two phases, a concept paper phase, and a prototype phase with awards up to $430,000.

Concept papers must be submitted by 5:00pm ET on October 18, 2021.  Visit the mFIT Challenge page to learn more about the challenge and other important dates.



Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity: Progress and Next Steps in Carrying Out Executive Order 14028 Webinar

Join NIST for a virtual webinar on October 14, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm EDT as the experts responsible for carrying out the assignments to NIST under the May 12, 2021, Executive Order (EO) 14028, Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, provide an update on their progress and next steps.

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NIST AI Risk Management Framework Workshop

NIST is kicking off the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Risk Management Framework with a virtual workshop October 19-21, 2021.  This workshop will support NIST’s goal of fostering an open, transparent, and collaborative process as NIST develops a Framework to manage risks to individuals, organizations, and society associated with AI. Participate in this event with AI experts and stakeholders across sectors as we share feedback received during our earlier Request for Information.

Registrants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from NIST about future plans for the AI RMF and explore and contribute to overarching project goals. Suggested workshop participants include those from government, industry, and academia with an understanding of AI concepts.

For more information please visit the NIST AI RMF website.