Notice of Open to the Public Meetings of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program

May 2, 2019

Federal Register Notice:  84 FR 9387


The NITRD Program holds meetings that are open to the public to attend. The Joint Engineering Team (JET) and Middleware And Grid Interagency Coordination (MAGIC) Team provide an opportunity for the public to engage and participate in information sharing with Federal agencies. The JET and MAGIC Team reports to the NITRD Large Scale Networking (LSN) Interagency Working Group (IWG).


March 2019-March 2020


Ms. Joyce Lee at or (202) 459-9674. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.


The Joint Engineering Team (JET) established in 1997, provides for a forum for participants with interests in high performance research networking and networking to support science applications.

The Middleware And Grid Interagency Coordination (MAGIC) Team, established in 2002, provides a forum for participants with interests and responsibility for middleware, grid, and cloud projects; individuals involved in middleware, grid, and cloud research and infrastructure; individuals involved in implementing or operating grids and clouds; and users of grid, clouds and middleware. The JET and MAGIC Team meetings are hosted by the NITRD NCO with WebEx and/or teleconference participation available for each meeting.

Public Meetings Website: The JET and MAGIC Team meetings are scheduled 30 days in advance of the meeting date. Please reference the NITRD Public Meetings web page ( for each Team's upcoming meeting dates and times, in addition to the agendas, minutes, and other meeting materials and information.

Public Meetings Mailing Lists: Members of the public may be added to the mailing lists by sending their full name and email address to for JET and for MAGIC, with the subject line: “Add to JET and/or Add to MAGIC.” Meeting notifications and information are shared via the mailing lists.

Public Comments: The government seeks individual input; attendees/participants may provide individual advice only. Members of the public are welcome to submit their comments for JET to and for MAGIC to . Please note that under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and may be made available to the public via the JET and MAGIC web pages.

National Women's History Month: Women of the NITRD National Coordination Office

March 25, 2019

As National Women's History Month enters its final week, the National Coordination Office (NCO) acknowledges the women of the Perspecta Team whose talent, expertise, and dedication make the success of the Networking and Information R&D (NITRD) program possible. Whether it is facilitating meetings, preparing reports, writing documents, or coordinating with our Federal Agency members or the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, this group of women exemplify the core values that make the NCO a catalyst for the NITRD community.

The Women of the NITRD NCO with current NCO Director, Kamie Roberts. From left to right: Joyce Lee, Technical Coordinator; Nekeia Butler, Executive Secretary; Diane Theiss, Financial Analyst and Deputy Chief of Staff; Virginia Moore, Chief of Staff and Contract Program Manager; Kamie Roberts, Director; Ji Hyun Lee, Technical Coordinator; Pat Johnson, Senior Technical Writer and Editor; and Wendy Wigen, Technical Writer and Consultant. Not pictured is Jacqueline Altamirano, Executive Assistant and Coordinator.

The collective experience of this group of women spans the last 19 years and 10 NCO Directors. They support the NITRD Program by providing technical expertise, planning and coordination, and by serving as the Program's central point of contact. Their mission is to foster collaboration, exchange of information, and outreach that provides the knowledge, methods, R&D, technology transfer, and innovation for U.S. global leadership in networking and information technology and its applications.

The NCO supports the NITRD Subcommittee, which coordinates the NITRD Program, and the Interagency Working Groups (IWGs) that report to the Subcommittee.

Please go to to find out more about our team, and to for information about the NCO.

National Women's History Month: NITRD Looks Back at Outstanding Leaders

March 18, 2019

As Women’s History Month heads into its third week, the National Coordinating Office for Networking and Information Research and Development (NITRD) continues its series on celebrating the Women in NITRD. Previously we have focused on our current membership; this week we look back and celebrate the many women who stepped up and took on important leadership roles in the past. All these women are remarkably intelligent and talented. They have contributed in their fields of study starting at a variety of prestigious universities and moved on to demanding careers in academia, industry, and the Federal government. We thank them for the time they spent at NITRD, and we invite you to learn more about them.


National Women's History Month: Women of the NITRD Interagency Working Groups

March 11, 2019

As part of our Women’s History Month series on celebrating the Women in NITRD, the National Coordinating Office for Networking and Information Research and Development (NITRD) would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the many women leaders and members of our Interagency Working Groups (IWG).

The IWG’s are the foundation of NITRD’s impact. They meet regularly to cultivate a vibrant scientific and intellectual environment in which researchers from various agencies, disciplines, and sectors share ideas, information, and results. This communication leads to economic and engineering benefits, enables collaborative research, and speeds the overall pace of innovation within the entire Federal R&D community.


National Women's History Month: Women of the NITRD Subcommittee

March 4, 2019

The National Coordinating Office for Networking and Information Research and Development (NITRD) proudly announces #WomenInNITRD to recognize the women in our organization who strengthen the Federal science and technology research organizations through their leadership, passion, and fortitude. This webpage is being launched as part of National Women's History Month, which traces its origins back to women protesting for better working conditions in 1857, the advent of the International Women's Day in 1909, and National Women's History Week established by Congress in 1981 (P.L. No: 97-28) and expanded in 1987 (P.L. No: 100-9) to the month of March.