Yesterday the House Science, Space and Technology Committee approved legislation updating the High Performance Computing Act of 1991. That law, among other things, established the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program (NITRD). NITRD was established to coordinate federal research and development in computing, and as computing knowledge and technology change, the law should try to keep up.
The House legislation aims to do just that, adding language to the existing law concerning cloud computing and cyber-physical systems, revising language concerning strategic planning for the program and its National Coordination Office and further encourages the National Science Foundation to use its programs to increase education in cybersecurity issues and to increase participation in the field by underrepresented groups.
The bill, H.R. 3834, now moves to the full House for a vote.