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Suggested Citation:"Conclusions." National Research Council. 2007. An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Information Technology Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2007. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12012.
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Suggested Citation:"Conclusions." National Research Council. 2007. An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Information Technology Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2007. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12012.
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Conclusions 1. Work at ITL is generally at or near the top of the peer group of IT research at national laboratories. 2. ITL has activities that solve important problems for other NIST laboratories and other federal agencies, as well as activities that support industrial standards in IT. 3. The new “matrix” organization of crosscutting projects offers great opportunities but also poses serious risks. 4. ITL is likely to experience significant growth over the next 5 years, and it is necessary to plan for this growth carefully, including directions that will involve several new kinds of scientists. 5. Of the existing activities, the Statistical Engineering Division is most in need of immediate enhancement of its capabilities. 6. ITL is experiencing a problem securing funding to pay high-caliber IT professionals, as well as professionals in scientific areas that are not traditional for NIST. 7. There are problems with the interaction between mandated or desirable research activities and the standard computer-security policies that are widely respected at NIST and similar organizations. 21

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