Friday, February 25, 2022

Review - HR 4609 Reported in House – NIST Reauthorization

Last week, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee published their report on HR 4609, the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the Future Act of 2021. The Committee met on July 27th, 2021 and adopted substitute language along with 14 other amendments to the bill. The reported language includes eight new sections and many language changes, including some changes to the cybersecurity requirements.

New Sections

The following new sections were added to the bill:

§214. Facilitating development and distribution of forensic science standards.

§215. Sustainable Chemistry Research and Education.

§307. Standard technical update.

§308. GAO study of NIST research security policies and protocols.

§309. Premise plumbing research.

§401. Establishment of expansion awards pilot program as a part of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

§402. Update to manufacturing extension partnership.

§403. National supply chain database

Moving Forward

With the publication of the Committee Report, the bill is now cleared for consideration by the full House. The bill, along with all of the amendments, was adopted by voice vote. This indicates strong bipartisan support for the bill. I suspect that the bill will come before the House next month. It will likely be considered under the House suspension of the rules process. This limits debates, prohibit floor amendments, and would require a supermajority for passage. The bill will pass in the House.


For more details about the cybersecurity related changes to the bill, see my article at CFSN Detailed Analysis - - subscription required.

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