September 2023 NIST Congressional and Legislative Affairs Constituent Newsletter

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Constituent Newsletter  – September 2023

Recent News


NIST Seeks Input on Implementation of National Standards Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology

NIST has published a Request for Information seeking public input on how best to implement the U.S. Government National Standards Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology (USG NSSCET). 

NIST is seeking public input on the best ways to partner with relevant stakeholders, remove barriers to participation in international standards development, and enhance the U.S. government’s support for an international standards system that is open, consensus-based, and led by the private sector. 

All submissions received in response to this RFI will be posted on the NIST website. Responses are due by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 6, 2023. Full details on responding can be found in the Federal Register notice.  

NIST will hold a series of listening sessions and stakeholder events about the USG NSSCET while the RFI is open. For event announcements and other information about the USG NSSCET, visit www.standards.gov.


Elham Tabassi Named TIME100 Most Influential People in AI

Elham Tabassi, Associate Director for Emerging Technologies in NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory was named TIME100 Most Influential People in AI.  Elham leads the Trustworthy Responsible AI program at NIST and led the development of the AI Risk Management Framework (AI RMF) that was called for in the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act.  The AI RMF launched in January 2023 and Elham and team have continued to build on the success of this Framework by developing additional tools and resources as well as developing guidance for managing the risk of Generative AI.

Full interview with Elham.


Draft NIST Cybersecurity Framework v2.0 Released

NIST has released a Draft of The NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 for public comment! The CSF 2.0 draft reflects several major changes, including: an expanded scope, the addition of a sixth function, Govern, and improved and expanded guidance on implementing the CSF—especially for creating profiles.

NIST also released a separate discussion draft of the Implementation Examples included in the CSF 2.0 Draft Core for public comment.

Public comments will be accepted on both of these drafts via cyberframework@nist.gov until Friday, November 4, 2023; feedback will inform the development of the final CSF 2.0, which will be published in early 2024.


NIST Issues New Guidance for Emergency Response During Wildfires

NIST has released a pair of reports that provide guidance for strengthening wildfire preparedness across the United States, including specific actions that communities can take to save lives when there is not enough time to safely evacuate all residents. NIST has also created a new website with guidance for making built structures and entire communities more fire resistant.

The reports are based on an analysis of the Camp Fire, which killed 85 people in California in 2018, and are the culmination of several years of research by experts at NIST and other federal and state agencies.

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Hearings


On August 15, 2023, Kevin Stine, Chief of the Applied Cybersecurity Division in the NIST Information Technology Laboratory was invited by the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship to testify at a field hearing in Colorado Springs, CO on Cybersecurity Challenges and Opportunities for Small Businesses

During the hearing, Senator Hickenlooper and the public were able to hear how the federal government can more effectively support the cybersecurity needs of small businesses given the increasing role of technology in everyday business, federal contracting, and the broader economy.

You can view a copy of Mr. Stine’s testimony or video of the hearing.


Funding Announcements


Grant Opportunity for Standards Development Organizations working on Forensic Science Standards

NIST has announced a grant for standards development organizations to work on standards for forensic science that will be available to the public free of charge. The goal is to enable forensic science service providers to implement high-quality, technically sound standards and to help ensure that the results of forensic analysis are reliable and reproducible. NIST has committed to funding up to five awards and has set aside up to $1M for them. Applications are due Sep. 30. 

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Events


CHIPS R&D Standards Summit Registration Now Open

The CHIPS for America R&D Office will host a Standards Summit on September 26 and 27, 2023, in Washington, D.C. to bring together key stakeholders and experts to discuss ideas and efforts across the spectrum of development pathways.   

Join us for discussions on standards needs, opportunities for standards innovation, and enabling a diverse standards-capable workforce. 

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