Awarded for achievements in science and engineering. The group is recognized for launching the next-generation Internet Time Service (ITS) to meet increased demand and to improve security. ITS, one of the most frequently used services of the federal government, now serves 10 times more requests than before — about 40 billion daily. The service — essential to NIST's mission of providing official U.S. time — was consolidated to three sites, each with new atomic clocks and improved internet connectivity. This enables NIST to meet the growing demand for official U.S. time as required by the public and by networked devices on the Internet of Things.