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National Institute of Standards and Technology

FYI focuses on NIST’s research laboratories and its diverse portfolio of research projects, especially as they relate to the physical sciences.

 

8 May 2014

Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee released an unnumbered Full Committee Print to accompany the FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill. This is a draft version of the committee report that is to be issued providing all-important language on the departments and agencies funded by this bill.  This FYI reviews the National Institute of Standards and Technology portion of the report. 

29 Apr 2014

Tomorrow the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee meets to consider and then vote on its FY 2015 appropriations bill.  This legislation provides funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

17 Apr 2014

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker testified last week at separate hearings of the House and Senate Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittees.  Among the topics discussed were the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, both of which are components of the wide-ranging portfolio of the Department of Commerce.

21 Mar 2014

Last week the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology considered and then voted to send H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014 to the full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.   Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) predicted that the full committee will consider the bill within the next few weeks. 

14 Mar 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has requested $900.0 million for FY 2015, an increase of $50.0 million or 5.9 percent above its current budget of $850.0 million.  NIST is part of the Department of Commerce which has requested a total increase of 6.9 percent for FY 2015.

The Department of Commerce is in the process of releasing its FY 2015 budget documents.  The full budget was released yesterday afternoon.  The budget summary will not be released until next week.

13 Mar 2014

The House Subcommittee on Research and Technology met this morning to consider and then approve sending a bill to the full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee that would reauthorize the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and STEM education programs.

5 Mar 2014

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology held a discussion on leveraging science and technology capabilities across the Department of Commerce during a portion of their January 31 meeting.   Patrick Gallagher, Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the Department of Commerce spoke about the Department of Comm

15 Jan 2014

The FY 2014 appropriations cycle is coming to a close.  On Monday evening the text of an almost 1,600 page bill was released that was the product of intense negotiations between the House and Senate Appropriations Committees since a budget agreement was announced in December.  The omnibus bill, consisting of twelve separate appropriations bills, is expected to pass the House and Senate and sent to President Obama within the next few days.

18 Nov 2013

The Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a November 13 hearing to discuss research activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Topics of discussion at the hearing included transparency in grant review, technology transfer, open access, and federal investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.  Members were interested to hear witnesses comment on a discussion draft of the Frontie

8 Nov 2013

Last week House Science, Space and Technology Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) circulated a Democratic discussion draft of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2013.  The draft bill reauthorizes the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 and includes sections on government wide science; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and diversity; the National Science Foundation (NSF); the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); innovation; and the Department of Energy (DOE).

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