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Committee NameVisiting Committee on Advanced TechnologyAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2019Committee 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 Date1/14/2016Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter1/12/2020Designated 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, the members of the Committee are selected from industry and academia solely on the basis of distinguished records of service in research, engineering, and other fields that are relevant to NIST's mission and in accordance with applicable Department of Commerce guidance. The members have diverse backgrounds and provide a representative cross-section of traditional and emerging United States industries. Diversity of both demographic and geographic are considered in the appointment of the members.
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 laboratory tours and 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?No closed meetings.
Recommendation RemarksCost for FY19 were less than estimated due to the 2018/2019 government shutdown. The February 2019 meeting was changed to a two hour webinar. There was also a change in federal staff labor cost.The cost of the subcommittee is included in the budget for the parent committee.

GSA could not complete the FY18 Annual Comprehensive Review for this 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*209Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn April 2019, the Committee issued its 2018 Annual Report which included 7 specific recommendations suggesting NIST action to be taken in the following areas: Quantum SI; Artificial Intelligence; Advanced Communications; Cybersecurity; NIST on a Chip; Technology Transfer; and the facility and infrastructure requirements of NIST. Specific recommendations based on the 2019 Committee meetings will be provided in the Annual Report due not later than 30 days after the submission of the President’s FY 2020 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*64.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment64% of recommendations have been or will be fully implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*31.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented Comment31% of recommendations have been or will be partially implemented.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNone
Agency Feedback CommentVerbal 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*$149,505.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$145,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$22,280.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$24,200.00
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*$7,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$4,184.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$5,000.00
Other Costs$7,161.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$7,200.00
Total Costs$183,130.00Est. Total Next FY*$188,400.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.10Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.10
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-031487Manufacturing Subcommittee2019
 COM-032197Safety Subcommittee2019
 COM-031704VCAT Subcommittee on Cybersecurity2019
 COM-032470VCAT Subcommittee on Technology Transfer2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 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