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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.


13 Feb 1998

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is part of the Department of Commerce's Technology Administration.

16 Aug 1999

Congress has now left for its August recess. It is scheduled to return on September 8, with less than one month to go before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. In a rush of activity before leaving town, the House passed several FY 2000 appropriations bills, including those that fund NIST and the Department of Energy's civilian R&D programs.

29 Jun 1999

In the Senate Commerce, Justice and State Appropriations bill (S. 1217), passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 10, NIST made out quite well in general. The committee report recommends more FY 2000 funding for NIST than the Administration asked for. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and construction funding would receive more than requested, while NIST's in-house labs would be funded at approximately the requested level.

20 May 1999

Recent action has taken place on several items of interest to the science community. Yesterday, the Administration released its proposal for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which includes teacher professional development in math and science education. Also yesterday, the full House passed H.R. 1654, the three-year NASA Authorization Act of 1999. Today, the Senate is scheduled to take up H.R.

30 Apr 1999

The Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently seen action on both the appropriations and authorization fronts. The FY 1999 budgets for the Departments of Commerce, Justice and State are subject to a June 15, 1999 cutoff date, unless the issue of how the Commerce Department will conduct the 2000 Census is settled (see FYI #147, 1998). NIST, as well as the rest of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, is also due for reauthorization this year.

19 Nov 2001

Late last week, the House and Senate completed work on the Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations Bill for FY 2002. The budgets for the physics-related in-house laboratories at the National Institute of Standards and Technology did not increase significantly. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership program received a somewhat higher boost, while the Advanced Technology Program budget rose by almost 27%.

15 Feb 2002

The Bush Administration has submitted an FY 2003 request for the National Institute of Standards and Technology that calls for large increases in some programs, and large cuts in others. Total NIST funding would decline 15.2%, or $103.2 million, from $680.8 million to $577.5 million.

There are three major components of the NIST budget. Funding for Scientific & Technical Research & Services (STRS) would increase 23.5%, while the budget would fall 58.5% for Industrial Technology Services (ITS). The budget for Construction of Research Facilities would decline 14.3%.

3 Dec 2003

As explained in FYI #157, the seven remaining unfinished appropriations bills have been combined into a massive omnibus funding bill, H.R. 2673. The following are selections from H. Rept. 108-401 pertaining to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the NIH Roadmap Initiative, and the Math-Science Partnership Program within the Department of Education.


2 Oct 2003

Last month, Senate appropriators voted to restore funding for NIST's Advanced Technology Program in their version of the FY 2004 Commerce, Justice and State appropriations bill, S. 1585. The Senate Appropriations Committee would provide more funding for NIST than what was asked for in the Administration's request and recommended in the House-passed version of the bill, H.R. 2799.

23 Jul 2003

As it has tried to do many times in the past (see FYI #80in 2000) the House Appropriations Committee has voted to eliminate the Advanced Technology Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). On July 16, the committee marked up the Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations Bill for FY 2004.