National Institutes of Standards and Technology – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Guidance on Federal Conformity Assessment Activities
Document Number: 2020-18745
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institutes of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces revisions to regulations updating guidance on Federal agency use of conformity assessment that reflects advancement in conformity assessment concepts, and the evolution in Federal agency strategies and coordination in using and relying on conformity assessment. The provisions are solely intended to be used as guidance for agencies in their use and reliance on conformity assessment to meet agency requirements and do not preempt the agency authority and responsibility to make decisions authorized by statute or required in establishing regulatory, procurement, or programmatic activities.
Guidance on Federal Conformity Assessment Activities
Document Number: 2020-01714
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-02-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institutes of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requests comments on proposed revisions to regulations updating policy guidance on Federal agency use of conformity assessment that reflects advancement in conformity assessment concepts, and the evolution in Federal agency strategies and coordination in using and relying on conformity assessment. The provisions are solely intended to be used as guidance for agencies in their use and reliance on conformity assessment to meet agency requirements and do not preempt the agency authority and responsibility to make decisions authorized by statute or required in establishing regulatory, procurement, or programmatic activities.
Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership-Amendments to the Terms and Schedule of Financial Assistance
Document Number: 2017-13423
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-06-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institutes of Standards and Technology
NIST is issuing a final rule to amend the regulations governing the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program to reflect the current cost sharing requirements for cooperative agreements for the establishment and operation of MEP Centers, consistent with recent amendments to the MEP authorizing statute. Under the revised statute, NIST may provide up to 50 percent of the capital and annual operating and maintenance funds required to establish and support an MEP Center. The regulations are also being amended to remove other cost sharing rules that are not required by the MEP authorizing statute or current program policies.
Rights to Federally Funded Inventions and Licensing of Government Owned Inventions
Document Number: 2016-25325
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-11-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institutes of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requests comments on proposed revisions to regulations. The proposed revisions make technical corrections, update certain sections to conform with changes in the patent laws, clarify the role of provisional patent application filing, create a new Determination of Exceptional Circumstances, increase the role of Funding Agencies in the Bayh-Dole process, address subject inventions as to which a Federal laboratory employee is a co-inventor, and streamline the licensing application process for some Federal laboratory collaborators. NIST will hold a public meeting and simultaneous webinar regarding the proposed changes on November 21, 2016.
Technology Innovation-Personnel Exchanges
Document Number: 2016-25355
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institutes of Standards and Technology
This final rule clarifies the appropriate use of Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) authority by a Federal laboratory for personnel exchanges where the Federal laboratory has an existing relationship with the potential partner through another legal mechanism, as well as in the context of joint research projects or the development of existing laboratory technology, and through use of the General Services Administration's Presidential Innovation Fellows program for Federal laboratory Entrepreneur-In-Residence programs. Another objective of this rulemaking is to remove outdated regulations addressing the licensing of inventions owned by the Department of Commerce.
Technology Innovation-Personnel Exchanges
Document Number: 2016-14723
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-06-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institutes of Standards and Technology
NIST is seeking comments on proposed regulations intended to foster the exchange of scientific and technical personnel among academia, industry, including particularly small businesses, and Federal laboratories. Such exchanges are an effective means for accelerating the transfer of Federal laboratory technology to benefit the United States economy. An objective of this rulemaking is to clarify the appropriate use of Cooperative Research and Development Agreement authority by a Federal laboratory for personnel exchanges where the Federal laboratory has an existing relationship with the potential partner through another legal mechanism, as well as in the context of joint research projects or the development of existing laboratory technology, and through use of the General Services Administration's Presidential Innovation Fellows program for Federal laboratory Entrepreneur-in-Residence programs. Another objective of this rulemaking is to remove outdated regulations addressing the licensing of inventions owned by the Department of Commerce. When the comment period is concluded, NIST will analyze the comments received, incorporate comments as appropriate, and publish a final regulation.
Notice of Consolidated Decision on Application for Duty-Free Entry of Electron Microscope
Document Number: E9-9235
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, National Institutes of Standards and Technology