The NITRD National Coordination Office (NCO) provides day-to-day support to the NITRD Program, the NITRD Subcommittee, and its IWGs by providing technical staff expertise, planning, coordination, point of contact, physical and virtual meeting venues, and administrative assistance for Program activities. The NCO continuously seeks to enhance its ability to be a catalyst for collaboration, exchange of information, and outreach to foster knowledge, methods, R&D, technology transfer, and innovation for U.S. global leadership in networking and information technology and their applications. The budget for the NCO is set by the NITRD Subcommittee.

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Kamie Roberts

Kamie Roberts, Director

Ms. Kamie Roberts is the Director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Ms. Roberts joined the NCO in October 2017 as the Deputy Director. Ms. Roberts is on detail to the NITRD NCO, from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), where she served as the Associate Director of Federal and Industrial Relations and Chief of Staff for the ITL. She also served an active role in the NITRD Interagency Working Groups (IWGs) and as the NIST NITRD Subcommittee Representative.

Ms. Roberts is also a staff member at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In addition to co-chairing the National Science and Technology Council NITRD Subcommittee, Ms. Roberts co-chairs the Special Cyber Operations Research and Engineering (SCORE) Subcommittee, is acting co-chair of the Computational Literacy IWG, and is a member of the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee, the Subcommittee on Resilience Science and Technology, and the Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem Subcommittee.

While at NIST, Ms. Roberts led the Laboratory outreach program focused on increasing the impact of ITL research. She led the standards liaison team in coordinating national and international IT standards and testing activities internal and external to NIST. Ms. Roberts coordinates student programs ranging from high school interns to summer and full-year undergraduate students. Previously, Ms. Roberts served in a variety of roles, including leading the NIST Health Information Technology Program and the NIST Big Data Program. She has served as acting Laboratory Deputy Director and acting Division Chief of several divisions. Ms. Roberts is active in the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

Ms. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Computer Science from George Washington University.

Ms. Roberts succeeds Dr. Bryan Biegel, and becomes the 14th Director for the NITRD Program.

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Key NCO Activities on behalf of the NITRD Program and in cooperation with its oversight and participating bodies are as follows:

  • Prepare and disseminate the NITRD Supplements to the President’s Budget, which provides annual budgetary and program summaries for agency research activities planned and coordinated through NITRD, as required by law.
  • Prepare and disseminate other NITRD documents and resources, such as multiagency strategic plans, workshop reports, recommendations on specific R&D topics, and Federal agency resource guides in specific areas of interest to the Nation’s IT community.
  • Maintain the NITRD website, including its electronic publications librarynews updates about current NITRD activities, and the Federal IT resource guides and inventories.
  • Support external reviews by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) of the NITRD Program, transmit the results of these evaluations to Congress, and undertake to effect positive changes in the Program in response to the reviews.
  • Hold public meetings and provide expert presentations on IT topics, as appropriate.

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NCO Mission Statement: The National Coordination Office (NCO) supports the national Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program by providing technical expertise, planning, and coordination and by serving as the Program’s central point of contact.

NCO Vision Statement: The National Coordination Office (NCO) continuously seeks to enhance its ability to be a catalyst for collaboration, exchange of information, and outreach to foster knowledge, methods, R&D, technology transfer, and innovation for U.S. global leadership in networking and information technology and its applications.

NCO Goals:

  • Support NITRD strategic planning and assessments.
  • Enhance and expand participation in the NITRD Program.
  • Enhance coordination among organizations with NIT R&D activities.
  • Enhance collaboration among NITRD agencies and with the private sector.
  • Support NITRD goals for technology transfer.
  • Enhance outreach efforts and increase awareness of the NITRD Program.
  • Support the NITRD Program through effective IT capabilities.
  • Enhance, maintain and attract a high performing workforce.
  • Seek opportunities to support NITRD interests and goals in the international arena.

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  • Mailing Address: NCO/NITRD, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
  • Physical Address: 490 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Suite 8001, Washington, DC 20024, USA
  • Tel: 202-459-9674
  • Fax: 202-459-9673
  • Email:
  • Directions and Procedures
  • Lodging Information

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