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DOC - 377 - Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameVisiting Committee on Advanced TechnologyAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number377
Original Establishment Date1/1/1988Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date1/12/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter1/12/2024Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Stephanie
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Shaw
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*15 U.S.C. 278Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 975-2667
Effective Date Of Authority*1/1/1988Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-216-0529
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The members of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) continue to meet all of their chartered responsibilities, including reviewing and making recommendations regarding general policy for NIST, its organization, its budget, and its programs, within the framework of applicable national policies as set forth by the President and the Congress. To carry out these responsibilities, the Committee reviews a significant portion of NIST programs through informational briefings and direct discussion with NIST leaders, scientists, and engineers and provides candid reactions and observations. The Committee functions solely as an advisory board, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
How is membership balanced?*In accordance with the provisions of the 1988 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act, members of the Committee are selected from industry and other communities having an interest in promoting U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness, such as, but not limited to, academia, state and local government bodies, and non-profit research institutions. Geographic location also is an important factor in achieving a regional balance of expertise across industrial sectors in the United States. NIST also strives to maintain a balance of members with areas of expertise aligned with national priorities. In addition, in accordance with the 2021 Presidential Memorandum, members and future nominees shall be selected to reflect the diversity of America in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, geography, and other characteristics; represent a variety of backgrounds, areas of expertise, and experiences; provide well-rounded and expert advice to agencies; and are selected based on their scientific and technological knowledge, skills, experience, and integrity, including prioritization of experience with evidence-based, equitable, inclusive, and participatory practices and structures for the conduct of scientific research and the communication of scientific results.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets at least three times a year with the NIST senior management. At each meeting, the Committee reviews and advises NIST on its strategic direction. On occasion, outside speakers renowned in their field provide their views on selected topics of interest to the Committee. The Committee also engages with the researchers who occasionally provide presentations on relevant topics as a way to better understand the Institute's programs and their relationship to the NIST mission.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The advice and oversight provided by the Committee requires an intimate familiarity with NIST's mission, technical programs, organization, and budget process. This, in turn, requires considerable background analysis, frequent communication, and a close relationship with NIST. The Committee provides the necessary continuity and structure in the advisory relationship.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksCost for FY22 were less than estimated due to the 2020-2022 COVID pandemic as well as a drop in membership. Due to the change in the Administration, NIST is currently in the process of bringing on new members.
The October 2021, and February 2022 meetings were six hour webinar/bluejeans virtual meetings, which resulted in no travel, room set up, onsite transportation needs, supplies/materials (shipping). There was also a change in federal staff labor cost. The cost of the subcommittee is included in the budget for the parent committee.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*251Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn March 2022, the Committee issued its 2021 Annual Report which included 25 specific recommendations suggesting NIST action to be taken in the following areas:
NIST’s role in the innovation ecosystem, with a focus on NIST’s work regarding Emerging Technologies, Climate, Cybersecurity, The MEP and Manufacturing USA programs, and U.S. leadership in critical and emerging technology standards development; Staying safe and productive during the COVID-19 Pandemic; The ongoing work of NIST’s investigation of the Champlain Towers South collapse; Efforts to strengthen Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility; Progress NIST has made in the implementation of its strategic plan; The state of NIST facilities and infrastructure and its plans for renovation and new facility construction; and The status of NIST’s budget. Specific recommendations based on the FY 2022 Committee meetings will be provided in the Annual Report due not later than 30 days after the submission of the President’s FY 2023 budget request to Congress. NIST acknowledges all recommendations provided and are in the process of implementing all of them.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*58.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThere were 4 new recommendations in the 2021 Annual Report. These 4 added to the previous 141 recommendations mean 58% of recommendations have been or will be fully implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*36.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThere were 16 new recommendations in the 2021 Annual Report. These 16 added to the previous 74 recommendations mean 36% of recommendations have been partially implemented.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNone
Agency Feedback Comment*Verbal updates presented and agency feed back is provided during meetings.Narrative Description*The Committee meets three times a year to examine specific areas of NIST’s mission, including the role that the NIST laboratories and major programs play in stimulating innovation and competitiveness, and to provide feedback to NIST senior management. The Committee’s feedback on NIST’s strategic direction, performance and policies is critical to help ensure that NIST is well-positioned to stimulate technological innovation and U.S. competitiveness well into the future and encourages continuous improvement in key areas in the overall operation of NIST. In addition, the Committee shall provide an annual report, through the Director of NIST, to the Secretary of Commerce for submission to the Congress not later than 30 days after the submittal to Congress of the President’s annual budget request in each year. Such report shall deal essentially, though not necessarily exclusively, with policy issues or matters which affect NIST, or with which the Committee in its official role as the private sector policy adviser of NIST is concerned. Each report shall identify areas of program emphasis for NIST of potential importance to the long-term competitiveness of United States industry.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$161,226.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$150,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$3,624.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$28,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$8,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$6,000.00
Other Costs$6,856.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$5,820.00
Total Costs$171,706.00Est. Total Next FY*$197,820.00
Date Cost Last Modified10/5/2022 2:53 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.10
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.10Est Cost Remarks
Cost RemarksFederal Staff had changes which resulted in a lesser amount this year. Two of the meetings were completely virtual and one was hybrid which increased member travel and other object cost (room set-up/tear downs, supplies, and printing).  
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Interest Areas

Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Materials Research
Computer Technology
Information Technology
Data Integrity
Data Quality
Earthquake, Flood, and Fire Hazards and Administration
Food and Drugs
Medical Devices
Basic Research
Research and Development
Science and Technology
Science and Technology


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040605Subcommittee on Alignment of Manufacturing Efforts2022
 COM-040603Subcommittee on Visibility Improvement2022
 COM-040604Subcommittee on Workforce Development Efforts2022


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040181Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2021
 COM-037967Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2020
 COM-035887Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2019
 COM-034299Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2018
 COM-001330Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2017
 COM-002929Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2016
 COM-003472Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2015
 COM-005107Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2014
 COM-005520Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2013
 COM-007268Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2012
 COM-007670Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2011
 COM-009390Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2010
 COM-009785Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2009
 COM-011305Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2008
 COM-011652Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2007
 COM-013174Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2006
 COM-013513Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2005
 COM-015050Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2004
 COM-015354Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2003
 COM-017025Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2002
 COM-017331Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2001
 COM-019025Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology2000
 COM-019273Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology1999
 COM-020871Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology1998
 COM-021159Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology1997