The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the agency's primary private-sector advisory group, has sent its 2007 Annual Report to the Congress.
The VCAT was established by Congress in 1988 to review and make recommendations on NIST's policies, organization, budget and programs. The 2007 report includes detailed analyses by special subcommittees of the VCAT on NIST's role and activities in the areas of bioscience and healthcare, nanotechnology and information technology, with specific recommendations on future research directions. The report also expresses the committee's strong support for the significant program increases in the FY 2009 President's budget request for NIST as part of the American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) and the America COMPETES Act.
For the full text of the VCAT report, see "2007 Annual Report, Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology of the National Institute of Standards and Technology" (requires Acrobat Reader, a free download.)
The next NIST VCAT meeting will be held on June 10-11 in Gaithersburg, Md.. VCAT meetings are open to the public. For more information, see www.nist.gov/director/vcat/.