SPIE applauds committee passage of the NIST For the Future Act

The US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology passed this bipartisan bill unanimously
27 July 2021
US Captiol Building

Today, the Science, Space and Technology Committee in the US House of Representatives favorably passed out of committee the NIST for the Future Act. This bill reauthorizes the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) including funding authorizations from FY22-FY26.

"We appreciate the added authorities and funding authorizations the committee provided under this bill," stated SPIE CEO Kent Rochford. "Companies, academic institutions, and other federal agencies rely on NIST's laboratory programs to provide foundational research and material development for their products and programs. The committee's support for this vital federal agency will hopefully be followed by further support by the entire House of Representatives."

Some of the new authorities provided under the NIST for the Future Act include making it easier for NIST to collaborate with other US government agencies, as well as critical pay authority, which gives NIST the ability to competitively recruit and retain the type of talent needed to remain a world leader in many crucial areas of technology such as cybersecurity and quantum-information science and technology.

The bill will now go before the full House of Representatives for consideration and passage. House lawmakers envision this bill as eventually becoming one of the pieces of legislation that will be included in conference negotiations with the Senate, as they decide the final provisions of the US Innovation and Competition Act passed earlier this year.

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