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Chopra, Locke to Chat up Public-Private NIST Partnerships

Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra & Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Photo: omb.gov, commerce.gov

Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have announced a public roundtable for next week on the federal government’s efforts to engage industry.

The Jan. 25 forum will feature federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and White House economic and technology advisers, who will sit down at the table with industry leaders to discuss the role of the federal government in engaging the private sector in developing standards.

Locke and Chopra will be joined by White House national economic council senior adviser Phil Weiser and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, who is also undersecretary of commerce for standards and technology.

On the industry side, CTOs from Cisco, Motorola and Silver Spring Networks will join the federal officials.

The roundtable will give voice to many compelling tech issues: securing the smart grid, electronic health records, cybersecurity and cloud computing. Officials believe consensus standards, developed and adopted across the federal space and the private sector, will be drivers of economic innovation and growth.

“Technical standards are not the stuff of everyday conversation, but they are crucial to smart development and economic growth,” Chopra and Gallagher wrote in a post on the White House Blog earlier this month. “Whether the goal is reducing healthcare costs, building a clean-energy economy or defending our nation, standards are essential to ensuring efficiency, economy and interoperability.”

The roundtable will be held Jan. 25, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at the Commerce Department’s Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. A webcast will also be available at www.nist.gov.

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