March 2023 NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs Constituent Newsletter


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Legislative Affairs

Constituent Newsletter  – March 2023

Recent News

FY2024 Presidential Budget Request

On March 9, 2023, the Biden-Harris Administration submitted to Congress the President’s Budget for fiscal year 2024.  After accounting for congressionally directed spending in the FY 2023 budget, the President’s FY 2024 Budget Request for NIST provides an increase of $358.5 million (+29%) to support mission critical programs at NIST including a substantial increase to begin addressing critical NIST facility needs; expand cutting-edge research; ensure NIST’s manufacturing programs strengthen our supply chains and address critical workforce gaps; and fully fund inflationary adjustments to current programs.

Download 2-page Budget Summary.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Authorizes Restart of NIST Research Reactor

NIST has received authorization from the NRC to restart its research reactor.  The NIST Center for Neutron Research reactor has been shut down since February 3, 2021, when a single fuel element overheated and was damaged because it was not securely latched into place. 

With its authorization to restart the research reactor, the NRC released a technical evaluation report that outlines how it reached its decision and documents its review of the corrective actions NIST has taken per an August 2022 Confirmatory Order.

The NIST Reactor Safety Evaluation Committee will complete a review to confirm that all conditions for restart have been met before low-power testing of the reactor begins. This testing is expected to last several weeks before the reactor can be returned to full operational status. The NCNR will keep its research community informed of progress toward a return to scientific operations.

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National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Renews Partnership with State of Maryland and Montgomery County


NIST, the state of Maryland and Montgomery County, Maryland, have renewed their partnership in support of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a collaborative hub where industry, government and academic experts work together to solve pressing cybersecurity challenges.

At the event, the launch of the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Community of Interest (COI) was also announced.  The NIST Cybersecurity COI will convene companies, trade associations, and others who can share business insights, expertise, challenges, and perspectives to guide our work and assist NIST to better meet the cybersecurity needs of small businesses. 

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NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 Concept Paper

NIST has released the “Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 Concept Paper: Potential Significant Updates to the Cybersecurity Framework,” outlining potential significant changes to the Cybersecurity Framework for public review and comment. Please provide feedback and comments to by March 17, 2023.  


NIST PSCR Publishes Impact Assessment: 2016-2022 Executive Summary

On February 15th, NIST published a report that examines how the Public Safety Communications Research Division spent the $300M they received from the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to enhance public safety communications and benefit the US economy. The full report will be released in the spring of 2023. Read the Executive Summary and learn how NIST supports public safety communications through increasing research capacity, advancing technology, and more.

Funding Announcements

First CHIPS for America Funding Opportunity Announced

On February 28th, NIST launched the first CHIPS for America funding opportunity for manufacturing incentives to restore U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, support good-paying jobs across the semiconductor supply chain, and advance U.S. economic and national security.  The first funding opportunity seeks applications for projects to construct, expand or modernize commercial facilities for the production of leading-edge, current-generation and mature-node semiconductors. Read more about the application and evaluation process here. 

Read more about CHIPS for America and the first funding opportunity.