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The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) supports the planning, budget, and assessment activities for the Federal government's NITRD Program.

The NITRD Program, chartered by Federal law, is the primary mechanism by which the Government coordinates its unclassified networking and information technology (IT) research and development (R&D) investments. Eighteen Federal agencies, including all of the large science and technology agencies, are formal members of the NITRD Program. Many other Federal organizations also participate in NITRD activities.

These agencies work together to develop a broad spectrum of advanced networking and IT capabilities to power Federal missions; U.S. science, engineering, and technology leadership; and U.S. economic competitiveness. Their efforts increase the overall effectiveness and productivity of Federal networking and IT R&D investments, leveraging strengths, avoiding duplication, and increasing interoperability of networking and IT R&D products.

Key NCO activities include the following: