An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Assessment of NIST Programs

The nationwide Institute of criteria and know-how (NIST) Measurements and criteria Laboratories (MSL) supply technical management for the nation's size and criteria infrastructure and guarantee the provision of crucial reference facts and dimension services. At NIST's request, the nationwide study Council (NRC) incorporates out a biennial evaluation of the seven MSL. The evaluate makes a speciality of every one laboratory's technical caliber and benefit; and effectiveness. It additionally examines the relevance of the NIST courses and the way good laboratory amenities, gear, and group of workers may be able to fulfil the MSL venture. This document offers an total evaluation of the MSL through distinctive exams of every of the seven laboratories.

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Determining how the NIST Strategic Focus Areas are reflected in the BFRL vision and strategic plan. EFFECTIVENESS As evidenced by the lists of outreach activities that BFRL provided for this assessment, project results are effectively communicated to the technical community and to relevant government agencies, 24 AN ASSESSMENT OF THE NIST MEASUREMENT AND STANDARDS LABORATORIES: FY 2004-2005 for example, through widely read and well-received reports and through conference and journal publications.

An important methods development project was the determination of brominated flame retardants in the environ- CHEMICAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY 35 ment.

The focus of OAE’s research and technical assistance is microeconomic analysis. The OAE provides information to decision makers in the public and private sectors who are faced with choices among new technologies and policies relating to manufacturing, industrial processes, the environment, energy conservation, construction, facility maintenance, law enforcement, and safety. It also develops and conducts prototype training programs in applied economics for scientists and engineers. The Office of Applied Economics continues to display very high technical quality of research.

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