The House is scheduled to consider the bipartisan Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R. 5312) today. This legislation calls for better coordination across the federal government on its investment in research and development (R&D) on information technologies, such as networking, computing, software and cybersecurity.
Manufacturers are increasingly deploying technology in every aspect of their business. Technology, such as the Internet of Things, is creating data that is driving innovation and job creation throughout every industrial sector. The NAM has repeatedly said the federal government needs to be a partner with manufacturers to foster the growth of this technology, but it also needs to prioritize its investment of taxpayer dollars. H.R. 5312 takes a step forward in both areas. It strengthens the partnership by creating new opportunities for manufacturers to work with government researchers to further enhance the cybersecurity and privacy of their products and processes. The bill also prevents duplicative R&D investments across multiple agencies. The NAM applauds the bipartisan leadership of the House Science Committee for moving this legislation.
To learn more about the NAM’s work to increase technology deployment across all sectors, please read our recent recommendations submitted to the Department of Commerce on what policies are needed to encourage the growth of the Internet of Things.