CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, July 11, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5636, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Campus Security Act, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5636 was introduced on July 6, 2016, by Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) and was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
H.R. 5636 is an effort to increase the effectiveness of and accountability for maintaining the physical security of National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) facilities and the safety of the NIST workforce. Specifically, the bill:
The National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST) is a laboratory and non-regulatory agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC). To support its work, NIST handles and stores dangerous materials, chemicals, and substances. Founded in 1901, the NIST now employs over 3000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support personnel. The goal of the NIST is to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness. Recently, the NIST has suffered a series of security threats and instances of waste, leading to calls for reform and oversight. Specific instances of waste, abuse, and security lapses include:
In response to these incidents, Chairman Smith of the House Science, Space, and Technology and Senator Thune of the Senate Commerce Committee have conducted multiple inquiries and investigations into the security of the NIST.
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 Ben Nuckols, “Former Officer Plans to Plead Guilty to Manufacturing Meth.” AP News. Aug. 18, 2015.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently not available.
For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.