National Institute of Standards and Technology 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Precision Measurement Grants Program; Availability of Funds
Document Number: E7-24276
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces that the Precision Measurement Grants Program is soliciting applications for financial assistance for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008. The Precision Measurement Grants Program is seeking proposals for significant research in the field of fundamental measurement or the determination of fundamental constants.
National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: E7-23492
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Advisory Committee (Committee), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will meet via teleconference Tuesday, December 18, 2007, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be audio webcast so that the public may listen to the meeting as it takes place. The primary purpose of this meeting is for the NCST Advisory Committee to discuss its annual report to the Congress and for NIST to update the Committee on the status of the investigation of World Trade Center 7. The agenda may change to accommodate Committee business. The final agenda will be posted on the NIST Web site at http://www.nist.gov/ncst.
Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology
Document Number: E7-23032
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given that the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will meet Tuesday, December 11, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 12, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology is composed of fifteen members appointed by the Director of NIST who are eminent in such fields as business, research, new product development, engineering, labor, education, management consulting, environment, and international relations. The purpose of this meeting is to review and make recommendations regarding general policy for the Institute, its organization, its budget, and its programs within the framework of applicable national policies as set forth by the President and the Congress. The agenda will include an update on NIST and its R&D priorities, NIST's vision for 2017, and strategic plan; an overview presentation on the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system; break-out sessions of the Information Technology and Nanotechnology subcommittees to discuss NIST's programs and plans and how they fit into the national agenda with input back to the full committee. Discussions on NIST budget and planning information scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and to end at 8:30 a.m. on December 11 will be closed. The agenda may change to accommodate Committee business. The final agenda will be posted on the NIST Web site at http://www.nist.gov/director/ vcat/agenda.htm. Anyone wishing to attend this meeting should submit name, e-mail address and phone number to Denise Herbert (denise.herbert@nist.gov or 301-975-5607) no later than December 7, 2007.
Announcing a Meeting of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board
Document Number: E7-23023
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., notice is hereby given that the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) will meet Thursday, December 6, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Friday, December 7, 2007, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. All sessions will be open to the public. The Advisory Board was established by the Computer Security Act of 1987 (Pub. L. 100-235) and amended by the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-347) to advise the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of NIST on security and privacy issues pertaining to federal computer systems. Details regarding the Board's activities are available at http://csrc.nist.gov/ispab/.
Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Overseers
Document Number: E7-22670
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given that there will be a meeting of the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award on December 4, 2007. The Board of Overseers is composed of eleven members prominent in the fields of quality and performance management and appointed by the Secretary of Commerce, assembled to advise the Secretary of Commerce on the conduct of the Baldrige Award. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and review information received from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and from the Chair of the Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The agenda will include: Report from the Judges' Panel, Baldrige Program Update, Potential Program Changes, Baldrige Program Education and Outreach, Overseers Role in Raising Awareness of the Baldrige Program, and Recommendations for the NIST Director.
Voting Equipment Evaluations Phase II
Document Number: E7-22570
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
In accordance with the provisions of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conducted initial benchmark research (Phase I) on voting equipment used in the 2004 elections. (See: http://vote.nist.gov/meeting-08172007/ Usability-Benchmarks-080907.doc). NIST is soliciting interest in Phase II of the benchmark research for voting equipment certified or submitted for certification to the 2005 Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. The NIST research is designed to: (1) Determine the realistic usability benchmarks for current and future voting system technology to support usability performance standards in next generation voluntary voting systems standards, and (2) develop usability test protocols for conformance testing of such standards. NIST may also examine relevant instructions, documentation and error messages, without doing any direct usability studies thereon. Manufacturers interested in participating in Phase II of this research will be asked to execute a Letter of Understanding. Interested parties are invited to contact NIST for information regarding participation, Letters of Understanding and shipping.
Establishment of a Laboratory Accreditation Program for Laboratories That Test Personal Body Armor
Document Number: E7-22266
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces the establishment of a laboratory accreditation program and the availability of applications for accreditation of laboratories that perform testing of body armor using National Institute of Justice draft standard 0101.06 Ballistic Resistance of Personal Body Armor developed by the NIST Office of Law Enforcement Standards for the Department of Justice (DoJ). Additional standards may be added in the future.
Announcing Request for Candidate Algorithm Nominations for a New Cryptographic Hash Algorithm (SHA-3) Family
Document Number: E7-21581
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
This notice solicits nominations from any interested party for candidate algorithms to be considered for SHA-3, and specifies how to submit a nomination package. It presents the nomination requirements and the minimum acceptability requirements of a ``complete and proper'' candidate algorithm submission. The evaluation criteria that will be used to appraise the candidate algorithms are also described.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; BEES Please
Document Number: E7-21371
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): Request for Comments on NFPA's Codes®
Document Number: E7-20843
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Since 1896, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has accomplished its mission by advocating scientifically based consensus codes and standards, research, and education for safety related issues. NFPA's National Fire Codes[supreg], which holds over 270 documents, are administered by more than 225 Technical Committees comprised of approximately 7,000 volunteers and are adopted and used throughout the world. NFPA is a nonprofit membership organization with approximately 80,000 members from over 70 nations, all working together to fulfill the Association's mission. The NFPA process provides ample opportunity for public participation in the development of its codes and standards. All NFPA codes and standards are revised and updated every three to five years in Revision Cycles that begin twice each year and take approximately two years to complete. Each Revision Cycle proceeds according to a published schedule that includes final dates for all major events in the process. The process contains five basic steps that are followed both for developing new documents as well as revising existing documents. These steps are: Calling for Proposals; Publishing the Proposals in the Report on Proposals (ROP); Calling for Comments on the Committee's disposition of the Proposals and these Comments are published in the Report on Comments (ROC); having a Technical Report Session at the NFPA Annual Meeting; and finally, the Standards Council Consideration and Issuance of documents.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Proposes To Revise Codes and Standards
Document Number: E7-20841
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) proposes to revise some of its safety codes and standards and requests proposals from the public to amend existing or begin the process of developing new NFPA safety codes and standards. The purpose of this request is to increase public participation in the system used by NFPA to develop its codes and standards. The publication of this notice of request for proposals by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on behalf of NFPA is being undertaken as a public service; NIST does not necessarily endorse, approve, or recommend any of the standards referenced in the notice. The NFPA process provides ample opportunity for public participation in the development of its codes and standards. All NFPA codes and standards are revised and updated every three to five years in Revision Cycles that begin twice each year and take approximately two years to complete. Each Revision Cycle proceeds according to a published schedule that includes final dates for all major events in the process. The process contains five basic steps that are followed both for developing new documents as well as revising existing documents. These steps are: Calling for Proposals; Publishing the Proposals in the Report on Proposals (ROP); Calling for Comments on the Committee's disposition of the proposals and these Comments are published in the Report on Comments (ROC); having a Technical Report Session at the NFPA Annual Meeting; and finally, the Standards Council Consideration and Issuance of documents.
Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Document Number: E7-20840
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given that the Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award will meet Monday, November 12, 2007, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, November 15, 2007, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, November 16, 2007, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Judges Panel is composed of twelve members prominent in the fields of quality, innovation, and performance excellence and appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. The purpose of this meeting is to review the site visit process, review the final judging process and meeting procedures, and final judging of the 2007 applicants. The review process involves examination of records and discussions of applicant data, and will be closed to the public in accordance with Section 552b(c)(4) of Title 5, United States Code.
Notice of Government Owned Invention Available for Licensing
Document Number: E7-20355
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The invention listed below is owned in whole by the U.S. Government as represented by the Department of Commerce. The invention is available for licensing in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 207 and 37 CFR Part 404 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of federally funded research and development.
Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction Meeting
Document Number: E7-19796
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR or Committee) will meet Tuesday, October 23, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 24, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The primary purpose of this meeting is to discuss implementation of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) statutory activities and the Committee's annual report to the NIST Director. The agenda may change to accommodate Committee business. The final agenda will be posted on the NEHRP Web site at http://nehrp.gov/.
Notice of U.S. National Work Group Meeting for Hydrogen Measurement Standards
Document Number: E7-18368
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Technology Services, Weights and Measures Division (WMD) announces plans to hold a U.S. National Work Group Meeting (USNWG) for the development of hydrogen measurement standards for commercial equipment on October 3-4, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
National Institute of Standards and Technology Performance Review Board Membership
Document Number: E7-18166
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Document Number: E7-17863
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given that the Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award will meet Thursday, September 19, 2007. The Judges Panel is composed of twelve members prominent in the fields of quality, innovation, and performance excellence and appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. The purpose of this meeting is to review applicant consensus scores and select applicants for site visit review. The applications under review by Judges contain trade secrets and proprietary commercial information submitted to the Government in confidence.
Announcing a Meeting of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board
Document Number: E7-16817
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., notice is hereby given that the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) will meet Thursday, September 6, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:15 p.m., and Friday, September 7, 2007, from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. All sessions will be open to the public. The Advisory Board was established by the Computer Security Act of 1987 (Pub. L. 100-235) and amended by the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-347) to advise the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of NIST on security and privacy issues pertaining to federal computer systems. Details regarding the Board's activities are available at http://csrc.nist.gov/ispab/.
Notice of a Public Meeting of the National Conference on Weights and Measures, Steering Committee on Automatic Temperature Compensation
Document Number: E7-15903
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
A meeting of the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) Steering Committee on Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC) will be held August 27, 2007, beginning at 1 p.m. in Chicago, Illinois, and will end at noon on August 29, 2007. The ATC meeting is open to the public; however, advance registration with the NCWM is required. The NCWM is an organization of state, county, and city weights and measures officials and includes representatives of business, federal agencies, and members of the private sector which come together to develop standards related to weights and measures technology, administration, and enforcement. Pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 272(b)(6), the Weights and Measures Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) supports the NCWM as one of the forums it uses to solicit comments and recommendations on revising or updating a variety of publications related to legal metrology. NIST promotes uniformity among the states in laws, regulations, methods of sale, and testing equipment that comprise the regulatory control of commercial weighing and measuring devices and other practices used in trade and commerce. Publication of this notice on the NCWM's behalf is undertaken as a public service; NIST does not endorse, approve, or recommend any of the proposals contained in this notice or in NCWM publications.
Public Safety Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Roundtable for Organizations Interested in Utilization of VoIP for Communication Between Public Safety Personnel
Document Number: E7-15696
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES), in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Interoperability and Compatibility (DHS/OIC) and representatives of the public safety community, will hold a public roundtable on September 11- 12, 2007, at the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) in Boulder, CO. The purpose of the roundtable is to discuss the development of an implementation profile for VoIP between radio system bridging solutions. The results of this and subsequent roundtable discussions will be used in the development of specific implementation profiles for VoIP usage in public-safety owned systems. There is no charge for the roundtable; however, because of meeting room restrictions, advance registration is mandatory and limited to three representatives from any one organization. There will be no on- site, same-day registration. The registration deadline is September 4, 2007. Please note registration and admittance instructions and other additional information under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology
Document Number: E7-14334
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given that the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will meet Tuesday, August 14, from 8:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, August 15, from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology is composed of fifteen members appointed by the Director of NIST who are eminent in such fields as business, research, new product development, engineering, labor, education, management consulting, environment, and international relations. The purpose of this meeting is to review and make recommendations regarding general policy for the Institute, its organization, its budget, and its programs within the framework of applicable national policies as set forth by the President and the Congress. The agenda will include an update on NIST with an overview of its role in U.S. science and technology. Several laboratory tours also will be featured. The meeting will conclude with an extended discussion on the overall role NIST plays in the nation's innovation enterprise. The agenda may change to accommodate Committee business. The final agenda will be posted on the NIST Web site at http://www.nist.gov/director/vcat/ agenda.htm.
Request for Nominations for Members To Serve on National Institute of Standards and Technology Federal Advisory Committees
Document Number: 07-3548
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites and requests nomination of individuals for appointment to its eight existing Federal Advisory Committees: Advanced Technology Program Advisory Committee, Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board, National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction, and Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. NIST will consider nominations received in response to this notice for appointment to the Committees, in addition to nominations already received.
Announcing Draft Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-3, Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules
Document Number: E7-13654
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
This notice announces Draft Federal Information Processing Standard 140-3, Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules, for public review and comment. The draft standard, designated ``Draft FIPS 140-3,'' is proposed to supersede FIPS 140-2. FIPS 140-1 was first published in 1994. In 2001 FIPS 140-2 superseded FIPS 140-1. FIPS 140-2 specified that it will be reviewed within five years. In 2005, NIST solicited public comments on reaffirming the standard. The comments received by NIST supported maintaining the standard. The comments also supported updating the standard due to advances in technology. The proposed revision can be found at http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts.html#fips140-3 and is now available for public review and comment. Prior to the submission of this proposed standard to the Secretary of Commerce for review and approval, it is essential that consideration is given to the needs and views of the public, users, the information technology industry, and Federal, State and local government organizations. The purpose of this notice is to solicit such views.
National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program; Operating Procedures
Document Number: E7-12853
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United States Department of Commerce, is amending the regulations found at 15 CFR Part 285 pertaining to the operation of the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) to reflect changes in the information for obtaining and inspecting applicable ISO/IEC documents. This action is editorial in nature and is intended to improve the accuracy of the agency's regulations and communication with its stakeholders.
Notice of Public Meeting of the National Conference on Weights and Measures
Document Number: E7-12333
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Annual Meeting of the 92nd National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) will be held July 8 to 12, 2007, in Snowbird, Utah. The meetings are open to the public, but registration with the NCWM is required. The NCWM is an organization of state, county, and city weights and measures officials and includes representatives of business, federal agencies, and members of the private sector which come together to develop standards related to weights and measures technology, administration, and enforcement. Pursuant to (15 U.S.C. 272(b)(6)), the Weights and Measures Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) supports the NCWM as one of the forums it uses to solicit comments and recommendations on revising or updating a variety of publications related to legal metrology. NIST promotes uniformity among the states in laws, regulations, methods, and testing equipment that comprise the regulatory control of commercial weighing and measuring devices and other practices used in trade and commerce. Publication of this notice on the NCWM's behalf is undertaken as a public service; NIST does not endorse, approve, or recommend any of the proposals contained in this notice or in the publications of the NCWM mentioned below. Please see NCWM Publication 16 which contains meeting agendas and schedules, registration forms and hotel information at http://www.ncwm.net.
Announcing Draft Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 180-3, the Secure Hash Standard, and Request for Comments
Document Number: E7-11326
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
This notice announces the Draft Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 180-3, Secure Hash Standard (SHS), for public review and comment. The draft standard, designated ``Draft FIPS 180-3,'' is proposed to supersede FIPS 180-2. FIPS 180-2, Secure Hash Standard (SHS), August 2002, specifies secure hash algorithms (SHA) called SHA- 1, SHA-256, SHA-384 and SHA-512. These algorithms produce 160, 256, 384, and 512-bit outputs, respectively, which are called message digests. An additional secure hash algorithm, called SHA-224, that produces a 224-bit output, is specified in Change Notice 1 to FIPS 180- 2, which was issued in 2004. Draft FIPS 180-3 specifies five secure hash algorithms: SHA-1, SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384, and SHA-512. The proposed standard is available at http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/ drafts.html. Prior to the submission of this proposed standard to the Secretary of Commerce for review and approval, it is essential that consideration be given to the needs and views of the public, users, the information technology industry, and Federal, State, and local government organizations. The purpose of this notice is to solicit such views.
Announcing Draft Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 198-1, the Keyed-Hash Message Authentication Code, and Request for Comments
Document Number: E7-11309
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
This notice announces the Draft Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 198-1, the Keyed-Hash Message Authentication Code (HMAC), for public review and comment. The draft standard, designated ``Draft FIPS 198-1,'' is proposed to supersede FIPS 198, the Keyed-Hash Message Authentication Code, issued March 2002. FIPS 198-1 specifies a keyed-hash message authentication code (HMAC), a mechanism for message authentication using cryptographic hash functions and shared secret keys. The proposed standard is available at http://csrc.nist.gov/ publications/drafts.html. Prior to the submission of this proposed standard to the Secretary of Commerce for review and approval, it is essential that consideration be given to the needs and views of the public, users, the information technology industry, and Federal, State, and local government organizations. The purpose of this notice is to solicit such views.
Fastener Quality Act
Document Number: E7-10707
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-06-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United States Department of Commerce, and the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), United States Department of Commerce, are amending the rules that implement the Fastener Quality Act of 1999 to provide that all documents submitted in connection with the recordal of fastener insignia must be mailed to a particular postal box maintained by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records
Document Number: E7-10591
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C.Sec. 552a(e)(4) and (11), the Department of Commerce is issuing notice of intent to amend the system of records under COMMERCE/NIST-4, Employees External Radiation Exposure Records to include the name change of the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); update internal organizational unit names, contacts, locations; and reflect more current system descriptions.
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records
Document Number: E7-10580
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4) and (11), the Department of Commerce is issuing notice of intent to amend the system of records under COMMERCE/NIST-5, Nuclear Reactor Operator Licensees File to include the name change of the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); update internal organizational unit names, contacts, locations; and reflect more current system descriptions.
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records
Document Number: E7-10579
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4) and (11), the Department of Commerce (Department) is issuing notice of the intent to amend the system of records entitled COMMERCE/NIST-6, Participants in Experiments, Studies, and Surveys to include the name change of the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); update internal organizational unit names, legal authorities, and research directions.
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records
Document Number: E7-10578
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4) and (11), the Department of Commerce is issuing notice of intent to amend the system of records under COMMERCE/NIST-7, NIST Emergency Locator System to include the name change of the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); update internal organizational unit names, contacts, locations; and reflect more current system descriptions.
Announcing a Meeting of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board
Document Number: E7-10129
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., notice is hereby given that the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) will meet Thursday, June 7, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Friday, June 8, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. All sessions will be open to the public. The Advisory Board was established by the Computer Security Act of 1987 (Pub. L. 100-235) and amended by the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107- 347) to advise the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of NIST on security and privacy issues pertaining to federal computer systems. Details regarding the Board's activities are available at http:// csrc.nist.gov/ispab/.
Advanced Technology Program; Extension of Due Date for Proposals
Document Number: 07-2641
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Due to technical difficulties, NIST is extending the deadline for proposal submission for its Advanced Technology Program competition to 3 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, May 25, 2007. NIST will accept only paper submissions during the extended time period.
Notice of Prospective Grant of Exclusive Patent License
Document Number: E7-9826
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
This is a notice in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209(c)(1) and 37 CFR 404.7(a)(1)(i) that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (``NIST''), U.S. Department of Commerce, is contemplating the grant of an exclusive license in the United States of America, its territories, possessions and commonwealths, to NIST's interest in the invention embodied in U.S. Patent No. 5,620,857 (Application No. 08/ 473,979), titled ``Optical Trap for Detection and Quantitation of Subzeptomolar Quantities of Analytes,'' NIST Docket No. 94-042US to Haemonetics Corporation, having a place of business at 400 Wood Road, Braintree, Massachusetts 02184-9114. The grant of the license would be for the field of use: Chemical and biological material sensing and measurement for medical diagnostics.
Request for Technical Input-Standards in Trade Workshops
Document Number: 07-2553
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites interested parties to submit recommendations for workshops covering specific sectors and targeted countries or regions of the world where training in the U.S. system of standards development, conformity assessment, and metrology may facilitate trade. Prospective workshops will be scheduled for a one week period. This notice is not an invitation for proposals to fund grants, contracts or cooperative agreements of any kind. NIST will offer a limited number of workshops, based upon the availability of resources. Recommenders are encouraged to consider Administration priorities outlined in the 2006 National Export Strategy. NIST will consider recommendations based upon which workshops would be most useful to intended audiences.
Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Document Number: E7-9145
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given that the Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award will meet Tuesday, June 5, 2007. The Judges Panel is composed of twelve members prominent in the fields of quality, innovation, and performance excellence and appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Judging process and Judging process changes for 2007; the Judges' survey of applicants; and the Judges' mentoring process. The applications under review by Judges contain trade secrets and proprietary commercial information submitted to the Government in confidence.
Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Overseers
Document Number: E7-9143
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given that there will be a meeting of the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award on June 6, 2007. The Board of Overseers is composed of eleven members prominent in the fields of quality, innovation, and performance excellence and appointed by the Secretary of Commerce, assembled to advise the Secretary of Commerce on the conduct of the Baldrige Award. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and review information received from the National Institute of Standards and Technology with the members of the Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The agenda will include: Discuss the Award Eligibility Rules; Baldrige Improvement Panel's Recommendations to the Program and the Baldrige Foundation; Oral Feedback for Award Recipients; and Formation of Business School Deans' Council.
NIST Consortium/Consortia for Post-Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) Nanoelectronics Research Program; Availability of Funds
Document Number: E7-8611
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces that NIST seeks to work with a consortium or consortia to fund basic research in the field of nanoscale electronics focused on developing the next logic switch beyond complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS).
Public Safety Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Roundtable for Organizations Interested in Utilization of VoIP for Communication Between Public Safety Personnel
Document Number: E7-7785
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES), in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Interoperability and Compatibility (DHS/OIC) and representatives of the public safety community, will hold a public roundtable on May 31, 2007, at the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) in Boulder, CO. The purpose of the roundtable is to discuss the development of an implementation profile for VoIP between radio system bridging solutions. The results of this and subsequent roundtable discussions will be used in the development of specific implementation profiles for VoIP usage in public-safety owned systems. There is no charge for the roundtable; however, because of meeting room restrictions, advance registration is mandatory and limited to three representatives from any one organization. There will be no on- site, same-day registration. The registration deadline is May 25, 2007. Please note registration and admittance instructions and other additional information under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Notice of Meeting Regarding IPv6 Test Materials for the United States Government
Document Number: E7-7287
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) invites interested parties to attend a meeting pertaining to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) Test Materials for the United States Government. NIST will host a meeting open to the public on May 4th, 2007, in Lecture Room B of building 101 at 9 am to discuss establishing a framework for a sound and viable testing methodology for Internet Protocol version 6. The discussion will include: USG requirements for testing, attributes of potential administrative frameworks for test programs, potential sources of test suites to serve as a technical basis for a testing program, and potential test providers who could carry out and/or provide services in support of such programs.
International Code Council: The Update Process for the International Codes
Document Number: E7-7276
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The International Code Council (ICC), under whose auspices the International Codes (``I-Codes'') are developed, maintains a process for updating these model codes based on receipt of proposals from interested individuals and organizations. The ICC's 14 separately published codes are each comprehensively updated and re-published every three years with a supplement released between each edition. The most current versions of the I-Codes are the 2006 editions. The 2007 supplement to the 2006 editions, the subject of this notice, will be released in July of 2007. The purpose of this notice is to invite public participation in the Final Action Hearings of the present code development cycle that concludes in the publication of the 2007 supplement to the 2006 edition. Consistent with the procedures of the Governmental Consensus Process, following committee action taken at the Code Development Hearings held in September 2006, the ICC published the result of the hearings and invited and received public comment. At the Final Action Hearings contested proposals will again be publicly debated followed by membership action to approve or reject each scheduled item. The publication of this notice by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on behalf of ICC is being undertaken as a public service. NIST does not necessarily endorse, approve, or recommend any of the codes or standards referenced in the notice. Session Dates: The Final Action Hearings of the 2006/2007 Code Development Cycle will occur between May 21 and May 26, 2007, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York. The agenda for the hearing as well as updates to the schedule are also posted on the ICC Web site at: http://www.iccsafe.org.
National Fire Codes: Request for Proposals for Revision of Codes and Standards
Document Number: E7-7078
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) proposes to revise some of its fire safety codes and standards and requests proposals from the public to amend existing or begin the process of developing new NFPA fire safety codes and standards. The purpose of this request is to increase public participation in the system used by NFPA to develop its codes and standards. The publication of this notice of request for proposals by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on behalf of NFPA is being undertaken as a public service; NIST does not necessarily endorse, approve, or recommend any of the standards referenced in the notice. The NFPA process provides ample opportunity for public participation in the development of its codes and standards. All NFPA codes and standards are revised and updated every three to five years in Revision Cycles that begin twice each year and that takes approximately two years to complete. Each Revision Cycle proceeds according to a published schedule that includes final dates for all major events in the process. The process contains five basic steps that are followed both for developing new documents as well as revising existing documents. These steps are: Calling for Proposals; Publishing the Proposals in the Report on Proposals (ROP); Calling for Comments on the Committee's disposition of the proposals and these Comments are published in the Report on Comments (ROC); having a Technical Report Session at the NFPA Annual Meeting; and finally, the Standards Council Consideration and Issuance of documents.
National Fire Codes: Request for Comments on NFPA Technical Committee Reports
Document Number: E7-7076
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Since 1896, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has accomplished its mission by advocating scientifically based consensus codes and standards, research, and education for safety related issues. NFPA's National Fire Codes[supreg], which holds over 270 documents, are administered by more than 225 Technical Committees comprised of approximately 7,000 volunteers and are adopted and used throughout the world. NFPA is a nonprofit membership organization with approximately 80,000 members from over 70 nations, all working together to fulfill the Association's mission. The NFPA process provides ample opportunity for public participation in the development of its codes and standards. All NFPA codes and standards are revised and updated every three to five years in Revision Cycles that begin twice each year and that take approximately two years to complete. Each Revision Cycle proceeds according to a published schedule that includes final dates for all major events in the process. The process contains five basic steps that are followed both for developing new documents as well as revising existing documents. These steps are: Calling for Proposals; Publishing the Proposals in the Report on Proposals (ROP); Calling for Comments on the Committee's disposition of the Proposals and these Comments are published in the Report on Comments (ROC); having a Technical Report Session at the NFPA Annual Meeting; and finally, the Standards Council Consideration and Issuance of documents.
Advanced Technology Program Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-7075
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given that the Advanced Technology Program Advisory Committee, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will meet Tuesday, May 15, 2007 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Advanced Technology Program Advisory Committee is composed of ten members appointed by the Director of NIST who are eminent in such fields as business, research, new product development, engineering, education, and management consulting. The purpose of this meeting is to review and make recommendations regarding general policy for the Advanced Technology Program (ATP), its organization, its budget, and its programs within the framework of applicable national policies as set forth by the President and the Congress. The agenda will include an ATP Update and a presentation on ``The Data Enclave.'' A discussion scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and to end at 3 p.m. on May 15, 2007, on ATP budget issues will be closed. Agenda may change to accommodate Committee business.
Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction Meeting
Document Number: E7-6746
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR), will meet at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Thursday, May 10, 2007 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Friday, May 11, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The primary purpose of this meeting is to discuss NEHRP program activities. The NEHRP Advisory Committee will also discuss its annual report to the NIST Director. The agenda may change to accommodate Committee business. The final agenda will be posted on the NEHRP Web site at http:// nehrp.gov/.
Advanced Technology Program Notice of Availability of Funds and Announcement of Public Meetings (Proposers' Conferences)
Document Number: E7-6650
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST's Advanced Technology Program (ATP) announces that it will hold a single fiscal year 2007 ATP competition and is soliciting proposals for financial assistance. ATP also announces that it will hold public meetings (Proposers' Conferences) for all interested parties. ATP is soliciting proposals in all technology areas (Competition Number 2007-A) as well as the following four broad Crosscutting Areas of National Interest: (1) Technologies for Advanced and Complex Systems (Competition Number 2007-B), (2) Challenges in Advanced Materials and Devices (Competition Number 2007- C), (3) 21st Century Manufacturing (Competition Number 2007-D), and (4) Nanotechnology (Competition Number 2007-E). Details regarding these four broad Crosscutting Areas of National Interest are included in the Federal Funding Opportunity announcement available at http:// www.grants.gov. ATP provides cost-shared multi-year funding to single companies and to industry-led joint ventures to accelerate the development and dissemination of challenging, high risk technologies with the potential for significant commercial payoffs and widespread benefits for the nation. This unique government-industry partnership aids companies in accelerating the development of emerging or enabling technologies that lead to revolutionary new products and industrial processes and services that can compete in rapidly changing world markets. ATP challenges the research and development (R&D) community to take on higher technical risk with commensurately higher potential payoffs for the nation than they would otherwise pursue.
NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) Neutron Research and Neutron Scattering, and Sample Environment Equipment Financial Assistance Programs; Availability of Funds
Document Number: E7-6505
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces that the following programs are soliciting applications for financial assistance for FY 2007: (1) NCNR Neutron Research and Neutron Scattering Financial Assistance Program, and (2) the NCNR Sample Environment Equipment Financial Assistance Program. Each program will only consider applications that are within the scientific scope of the program as described in this notice and in the detailed program descriptions found in the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement for these programs.
Establishment of and Availability of Applications for the Laboratory Accreditation Program for Radiation Detection Instruments Under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program
Document Number: E7-6177
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces the establishment of a laboratory accreditation program and the availability of applications for accreditation for laboratories that perform testing of radiation detection instruments using standards developed by the American National Standards Institute, Homeland Security Instrumentation and Radiation Protection Instrumentation groups.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of Information Habits and Preferences of Millennial Scientists
Document Number: E7-5097
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.