“Taken from House Conference Report 107-593
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL RESEARCH AND SERVICES
The conference agreement includes $37,100,000 under this heading, of which $33,100,000 is provided as a contingent emergency requirement. Of the total amount provided, $20,000,000 is included to further develop the overall Federal Government information technology (IT) security framework, including baseline minimum IT security benchmarks or criteria. No funding is provided to develop technology-specific requirements for the use of specific hardware or software or to develop cyber-security technologies that may compete against those developed by industry.
In addition, $2,000,000 is included to strengthen security and surveillance at the NIST neutron reactor, $1,000,000 is provided for the development of standards for the accuracy of biometric identification systems as authorized by Public Law 107-56 and Public Law 107-173, $4,000,000 is provided for standards, technology and practices for buildings and emergency responders to develop and implement cost-effective safety and security for buildings, and $10,100,000 is included for standards development for chemical/biological/nuclear/radioactive explosive threat detection equipment and biomedical recognition equipment to support homeland security activities.