2014 Budget Request: NIST

OMB requests $934 million for NIST

Under President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget request, the National Institute of Standards and Technology would receive a total discretionary budget authority of $934 million, or 19.59 percent more than the current year amount under the continuing resolution when accounting for inflation.

Of that total, the agency requests $699.5 million for Scientific and Technical Research Services, an 18.74 percent increase compared to funding under the current CR, when accounting for inflation.

According to a Budget in Brief (.pdf) from the Commerce Department, NIST will increasing funding for cybersecurity R&D and standards. NIST requests 120 full time equivalents for this area and $60 million--that's a 25-person increase in FTEs and a $15 million funding increase compared to the current year, according to the document.

Funding in this area will "specifically target challenges facing the delivery of security for federal mobile environments," fund more research by NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and help the agency meet its responsibilities under the cybersecurity executive order signed by President Obama in February.

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace also falls within the STRS budget line. NIST is seeking $24.5 million for the NSTIC--an $8 million increase from fiscal 2013 CR-level funding, according to the budget in brief.  

Under the budget request Industrial Technology Services would be allocated $174 million in fiscal 2013 funding, or 32.2 percent more than funding under the current CR when taking inflation into account.

For more:
- download the Commerce section of the budget request (.pdf)
- download the Commerce Department's Budget in Brief (.pdf)

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