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Internet of Things Advisory Board

Overview

In January, 2020, the Congress enacted the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Public Law No. 116-283). Section 9204(b)(5) of this act established the Internet of Things Advisory Board (IoTAB) within the Department of Commerce. In accordance with the Federal Advisory Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C., App., the IoTAB was chartered in December 2021.

Current Charter

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites and requests nominations of individuals for appointment to the IoTAB. See the Federal Register Notice for instructions.


Scope and Objectives

Advise the Internet of Things Federal Working Group (IoTFWG) on:

  • the identification of any Federal regulations, statutes, grant practices, programs, budgetary or jurisdictional challenges, and other sector-specific policies that are inhibiting, or could inhibit, the development of the Internet of Things; 
  • situations in which the use of the Internet of Things is likely to deliver significant and scalable economic and societal benefits to the United States, including benefits from or to— 
    • smart traffic and transit technologies;
    • augmented logistics and supply chains;
    • sustainable infrastructure;
    • precision agriculture;
    • environmental monitoring;
    • public safety; and
    • health care;
  • whether adequate spectrum is available to support the growing Internet of Things and what legal or regulatory barriers may exist to providing any spectrum needed in the future; 
    • policies, programs, or multi-stakeholder activities that— 
      • promote or are related to the privacy of individuals who use or are affected by the Internet of Things; 
      • may enhance the security of the Internet of Things, including the security of critical infrastructure; 
      • may protect users of the Internet of Things; and
      • may encourage coordination among Federal agencies with jurisdiction over the Internet of Things;
      • the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of Internet of Things technology by small businesses; and 
      • any international proceeding, international negotiation, or other international matter affecting the Internet of Things to which the United States is or should be a party. 

The IoTAB shall submit to the IoTFWG a report that includes any findings and recommendations. The IoTFWG will be providing that report in its entirety to Congress.

The membership of the IoTAB consists of sixteen members and a chairperson. The Secretary of Commerce appoints all members of the IoTAB. The IoTAB will meet on a schedule necessary to complete the report . All meetings are open to the public. The IoTAB invites public comments on its activities and the topics within its scope. Comments can be directed to barbara.cuhthill [at] nist.gov

More information coming soon.

Created November 10, 2021, Updated January 13, 2022