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About the Special Programs Office (SPO).

The Special Programs Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fosters communication and collaboration between NIST and external communities focused on critical national needs.

The focus areas include:

  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Forensic Science
  • Healthcare
  • Homeland Security
  • Information Technology and
  • Cybersecurity
  • Manufacturing
  • Physical Infrastructure

In order to do this, the SPO works closely and forges partnerships among government, military, academia, professional organizations, and the private industry to provide world-class leadership in standards and technology innovation to respond to these critical national needs.


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Dr. Richard Cavanagh, Director
Special Programs Office
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 4701
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8102
Tel: 301-975-4447
Fax: 301-975-8620