The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Modernization Act of 2016

Today, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee marked up the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Modernization Act of 2016.

As stated on the NITRD website, “the multiagency NITRD Program seeks to provide the research and development (R&D) foundations for assuring continued U.S. technological leadership and meeting the needs of the Federal Government for advanced information technologies.” CompTIA has worked closely with NITRD over the years, particularly in developing the concept of the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs.

On Monday, CompTIA sent a letter to the Committee, supporting the Act. In our letter, we pointed out the following:

CompTIA strongly supports the Act as it assures that NITRD continues to receive the funding necessary to help drive innovation through the scientific community.  CompTIA also supports the development of an expert advisory council to ensure improved communication within the NITRD ecosystem. Finally, CompTIA supports the focus on Grand Challenges that correlates with the NITRD portfolio.