January 2023 NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs Constituent Newsletter


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NIST Congressional and
Legislative Affairs

Constituent Newsletter  – January 2023


FY2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Passed

On December 23rd Congressed passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, which was signed into law by President Biden on December 29th.  This legislation provides NIST $1.627 billion, which includes $394.8M for external projects (earmarks) within the STRS and CRF line items.  Without earmarks, NIST will receive the following increases over FY22 enacted levels: STRS +$78.1M; MEP +$17M; MfgUSA +$20.5M; CRF +$50M.

In addition, NIST received $67M as part of the Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act -- $40M in funding for research and standards-setting to help improve the resilience of property and infrastructure against future natural disasters, as well as for investigations of building failures under the National Construction Safety Team Act of 2002; $13M for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership; and $14M for the Manufacturing USA Program.

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Recent News

Digital Identity Guidelines

NIST has published draft guidelines concerning the management of digital identities online, and welcomes public comment on the draft until March 24th. To submit comments, download the comments template and email the completed form to dig-comments@nist.gov.

On January 12th, NIST will host a virtual workshop dedicated to its “Digital Identity Guidelines” (NIST Special Publication 800-63 Revision 4) to provide details on the major changes to the guidelines and comment process.  Interested parties can register online to attend.

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NIST and AIM Photonics Team Up on High Frequency Optical/Electronic Chips

NIST has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with AIM Photonics that will give chip developers a critical new tool for designing faster chips that use both optical and electrical signals to transmit information.

AIM Photonics, a Manufacturing USA institute, is a public-private partnership that accelerates the commercialization of new technologies for manufacturing photonic chips.

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Industrial Advisory Committee Meeting

The Industrial Advisory Committee held is first meeting on December 8th

The Committee is currently comprised of 24 members, appointed by the Secretary of Commerce, to provide advice to the United States government on matters relating to microelectronics research, development, manufacturing and policy.

The meeting’s agenda and presentation can be found here.


Internet of Things (IoT) Advisory Board Meeting

NIST will hold the first IoT Advisory Board meeting on January 18-19th from 11:00am – 5:00pm ET.  All meetings of the IoTAB will be open to the public. Registration is open for the upcoming January meeting. 

The public can email comments for consideration by the IoTAB to Barbara Cuthill, IoT Advisory Board Secretariat, prior to the meeting; the deadline to submit comments to be received at this meeting is Thursday, January 12, 2023 by 5:00pm Eastern time. More information regarding comments and written statements is published in the Federal Register Notice.


NIST Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) Meeting

NIST will hold a virtual meeting with the VCAT on February 8 - 9th.  The meeting will be held at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence or the option to participate virtually.  The agenda will include an update on major programs at NIST. Each of the three subcommittees: Subcommittee on Alignment of Manufacturing Efforts, Subcommittee on Visibility Improvement, and Subcommittee on Workforce Development Efforts will present their recommendations to the full Committee. The Committee will also present its initial observations, findings, and recommendations for the 2022 VCAT Annual Report.

Those interested in participating virtually must contact Stephanie Shaw at stephanie.shaw@nist.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, February 1, 2023 for detailed instructions on how to join the webinar.  For participants wishing to attend in person, please submit your name, time of arrival, email address, and phone number to Hope Fato, hope.fato@nist.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Additional information can be found in the Federal Register Notice.