Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

2018 National Institute of Standards and Technology Environmental Scan



Jason E. Boehm, Heather M. Evans, Ajitkumar Jillavenkatesa, Maria E. Nadal, Mark A. Przybocki, Paul W. Witherell, Rebecca A. Zangmeister


The 2018 National Institute of Standards and Technology Environmental Scan provide an analysis of the external factors that can influence NIST and the fulfillment of its mission as the agency looks to create a strategic plan for the coming years. The analysis was conducted through four separate lenses: Societal, Political, Geopolitical, and Technological. Observations highlighted range for the unique political climate NIST currently faces to challenges to NIST’s leadership in metrology to the new opportunities provided new breakthrough technology innovations. Interfaced together, this scan aims to provide a wholistic view of the environment NIST faces moving forward.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8244
Report Number


Environmental Scan, Policy, Strategic Planning 2018
Created March 26, 2019, Updated January 27, 2020