HIMSS Joins Multistakeholder Letter to Congress on NIST FY2018 Funding

On June 28, HIMSS joined 21 other organizations in sending a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) urging for an increase in funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for fiscal year 2018. The letter, whose supporting organizations represent nearly every sector of the U.S. economy, is in response to the Administration’s proposed budget which would cut around $237 million in funding from NIST, an almost 25% decrease from FY2017. Rather than decreasing NIST resources, the letter urges Congress to boost the agency’s funding to support critical public-private efforts to combat cybersecurity. NIST plays a key role in these efforts, including its work on the voluntary Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, as well tool development for interoperability testing, and any reduction in funding could be potentially harmful to these and many other public-private initiatives.