NIST Extends Deadline for Comments on Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has extended the comment period for its National Standards Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies (CETs) until late December.

According to a Notice published in the U.S. Federal Register, NIST has extended the comment period until December 22, 2023. The original end date for the comment period on the Strategy was November 6, 2023.

Originally published in May of this year, NIST’s National Standards Strategy is detailed in its document, “U.S. Government National Standards Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology.” The Strategy identifies the following areas for prioritized CET standards development:

  • Communications and networking technologies
  • Semiconductor and microelectronics, including computing, memory, and storage technologies
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Biotechnologies
  • Positioning, navigation, and timing services
  • Digital identify infrastructure and distributed ledger technologies
  • Clean energy generation and storage
  • Quantum information technologies

In addition, the Strategy lists specific CET applications that will receive special consideration:

  • Automated and connected infrastructure
  • Biobanking
  • Automated, connected, and electrified transportation
  • Critical minerals supply chains
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
  • Carbon capture, removal, utilization, and storage

According to NIST, its National Standards Strategy aligns with the United States Standards Strategy developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Read the Notice extending the comment period on NIST’s National Standards Strategy for CET as published in the Federal Register.

Read the complete text of NIST’s National Standards Strategy.

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