New head of NIST's IT lab says cloud, mobile to drive vision

Friday - 12/23/2011, 4:07pm EST

Chuck Romine, Director, Information Technology Laboratory at the NIST

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By Jolie Lee
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Federal News Radio

The lab that oversees cybersecurity research and standards at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has a new leader. Chuck Romine took over at the Information Technology Laboratory at NIST about a month ago, after Cita Furlani announced she was retiring.

Chuck Romine, director, NIST's Information Technology Laboratory (NIST.gov)

Romine said the "ubiquity of computing devices" is driving his future vision of ITL.

"That's going to have such a transformative effect on the IT space that I'm convinced that we really have to tackle that in a very meaningful way at ITL," Romine said in an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Cloud interoperability will also be an important area the lab will focus on, he said.

"In much the same way mobile technologies are transforming the IT space, you can assume the cloud has the potential to do the exact same thing, not just in the federal government, but much more broadly," Romine said.

ITL currently works with a broad range of federal agencies in technology-related research and development. The lab works with the Homeland Security Department on cybersecurity, Health and Human Services with health IT data sharing, and the Office of Management and Budget on advancing cloud computing.

The lab's work "really touches on everything in the innovation space," Romine said. "We view information technology as a serious driver in supporting innovation across every sector."

ITL has a staff of more than 500 staff and guest researchers, according to the NIST website. Romine joined NIST in 2009 and previously served as a senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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