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NIST Demos Experimental Atomic Clock

The National Institute of Standards and Technology tested a miniature atomic clock designed to tick at optical frequencies. The experimental clock consists of rubidium atoms placed in a vapor cell and two frequency combs that function to link the ticks to low microwave frequencies, NIST said Friday.

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NIST Issues Privacy Framework for Improved Security, Risk Management

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released its draft of "Privacy Framework" that provides information on how agencies and partners could identify and manage privacy risks more efficiently amid the growing use of the internet and new information technology platforms. “The Privacy Framework provides a common language for understanding, managing and communicating privacy risk with internal and external stakeholders,” NIST said in the document issued Tuesday.

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NIST Seeking Info on Technical Standards, Tools Related to Artificial Intelligence

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued on Federal Register a request for information on technical standards and associated tools for artificial intelligence. “The inputs of the U.S. stakeholder community are essential to inform development of a plan that will support continued American leadership in AI,” Walter Copan, NIST director and undersecretary of commerce for standards and technology, said in a statement published Wednesday

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NIST Sets International Standard for Data Encryption Testing

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the international standard for testing device data encryption, which promises to speed up delivery of technologies from the factory to the U.S. and international markets. NIST announced Tuesday that the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-3 for manufacturers working with the federal government and its international partners. 

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NIST Issues Final ‘Green Paper’ to Boost Federal Innovation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the findings from its final “green paper” showing how the government could bring federally funded inventions from laboratories to markets faster. The report contains 15 key findings focusing on streamlined federal regulations, public-private partnerships, building an entrepreneurial workforce and support for innovation, NIST said Wednesday

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NIST Develops Safety Test Tool for Critical Software

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology developed a toolkit to improve safety tests for software used in critical activities such as transport and power plant operation, NIST said Tuesday. The Automated Combinatorial Testing for Software toolkit enables software developers to mitigate the input of simultaneous code combinations which may result in critical glitches that pose threats to safety. 

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NIST Unveils Maryland Solar Panel Array

The National Institute of Standards and Technology inaugurated a large solar energy array during the agency's celebration of Earth Day. The array consists of 15,000 panels and is built to provide over 8 million killowatt-hours of energy in the agency's facility in Gaithersburg, Md., NIST said Monday. The agency noted that the array will mitigate the release of approximately 6,200 metric tons of annual carbon emissions based from a formula created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, the array will potentially help NIST save $3.5 million in expenses for the next two decades.

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NIST Updates Mobile Apps Security Guidelines

The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued its updated guidance on mobile application vetting and security that allows organizations to explore new resources to secure apps. On Friday the revised 2015 Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications document was published, assisting organizations with assessment of mobile applications for cybersecurity vulnerabilities. 

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NIST Expands Hiring Authority for IT Leads, Engineers, Scientists

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released new direct hiring authorities to allow federal hiring managers to skip some steps in the process to employ new information technology managers, general engineers and general physical scientists. “The expanded direct-hire authority will allow NIST to simplify and expedite hiring for managers in mission critical occupations,” according to a notice issued Thursday.

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