• Big Data
    Interagency Working Group
    (BD IWG)

    The Big Data Interagency Working Group (BD IWG) works to facilitate and further the goals of the White House Big Data R&D Initiative.

  • Cyber Physical Systems Interagency Working Group (CPS IWG)

    The CPS IWG is to coordinate programs, budgets, and policy recommendations for Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) research and development (R&D).

  • Cyber Security and Information Assurance Interagency Working Group (CSIA IWG)

    Cyber Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) Interagency Working Group coordinates the activities of the CSIA Program Component Area.

  • Health IT R&D
    Interagency Working Group

    The Health Information Technology Research and Development Interagency Working Group coordinates programs, budgets and policy recommendations for Health IT R&D.

  • Human Computer Interaction & Information Management Interagency Working Group (HCI&IM IWG)

    HCI&IM focuses on information interaction, integration, and management research to develop and measure the performance of new technologies.

  • High Confidence Software & Systems Interagency Working Group (HCSS IWG)

    HCSS R&D supports development of scientific foundations and enabling software and hardware technologies for the engineering, verification and validation, assurance, and certification of complex, networked, distributed computing systems and cyber-physical systems (CPS).

  • High End Computing Interagency Working Group (HEC IWG)

    The HEC IWG coordinates the activities of the High End Computing (HEC) Infrastructure and Applications (I&A) and HEC Research and Development (R&D) Program Component Areas (PCAs).

  • Large Scale Networking Interagency Working Group
    (LSN IWG)

    LSN members coordinate Federal agency networking R&D in leading-edge networking technologies, services, and enhanced performance.

  • Software Productivity, Sustainability, and Quality Interagency Working Group (SPSQ IWG)

    The purpose of the SPSQ IWG is to coordinate the R&D efforts across agencies that transform the frontiers of software science and engineering and to identify R&D areas in need of development that span the science and the technology of software creation and sustainment.

  • Video and Image Analytics
    Interagency Working Group (VIA IWG)

    Formed to ensure and maximize successful coordination and collaboration across the Federal government in the important and growing area of video and image analytics

    VIA CG
  • Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Interagency Working Group (WSRD IWG)

    The Wireless Spectrum R&D (WSRD) Interagency Working Group (IWG) has been formed to coordinate spectrum-related research and development activities across the Federal government.


Cloud & Accessibility Workshop

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    FASTER’s goal is to enhance collaboration and accelerate agencies’ adoption of advanced IT capabilities developed by Government-sponsored IT research. FASTER hosts Expedition and Emerging Technology workshops as well as monthly meetings with invited guest speakers to achieve this goal.


Cloud & Accessibility Workshop

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On June 12th, 2013, the NIST Cloud Computing Program hosted a 1-day workshop on “Cloud & Accessibility” to investigate and discuss the relevant issues in this paradigm. The NIST Cloud Computing Roadmap (NIST SP 500-293) identifies the high priority requirements for complete adoption of cloud computing. Addressing accessibility falls under the realm of Requirement #7 of the Roadmap:

Defined unique government regulatory requirements and solutions

Ensuring that all citizens have equal access to information is a unique government regulatory requirement and accessibility is considered to be fundamental to this solution. Cloud computing solutions that address and highlight accessibility offer a path forward for an agency to fulfill its mission and requirements by providing a larger number of potential solutions that USG IT managers can use to be creative in the development of new services and solve their unique accessibility requirements. As work progresses in cloud computing, it is important to promote, incorporate and discuss applicable standards in accessibility for cloud computing services as a discipline for investigation

The Workshop included topics on Accessibility in the fundamental cloud computing application categories that are of importance to the USG:

The workshop hosted an “Industry Response” and “Path Forward” panels and scheduled breakouts in the afternoon.

In addition, the NIST Cloud Computing Program announces formation of new Public Working Group on “Cloud and Accessibility”. The first meeting will be held via telecon on June 4, 2013 from 11am-1pm EDT. This PWG will address the topics facing cloud computing with respect to accessibility, standards and usage of common application categories. The PWG will align into sub-teams dedicated to the application categories.

Participation in the working groups is free and open to all interested parties. For additional information, registration for the NIST Cloud Computing Mailing List and Twiki (with Accessibility page) is located at: http://www.nist.gov/itl/cloud/workinggroups.cfm

A Twiki page, which will be the repository for updated information, meeting minutes and draft documents for this PWG is located at: http://collaborate.nist.gov/twiki-cloud-computing/bin/view/CloudComputing/CloudAccessibility