Washington, DC - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final version of a document outlining its process for developing cryptographic standards and guidelines. NIST Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines Development Process (NISTIR 7977) is an integral part of NIST’s effort to ensure a robust, widely understood and participatory process for developing cryptography, which is the technology used to store and transmit data in a particular form so it can only be read or processed by the intended recipient.

San Francisco, California - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris issued the following statement in honor of Cesar Chavez Day:

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of State is proud to present the first-ever Diplomacy Lab Project Fair and Wonk Tank Final Competition on Friday, April 1, in the Marshall Center at the U.S. Department of State. The morning Diplomacy Lab session will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the afternoon Wonk Tank session will begin at 1:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and open to the press.

Los Angeles, California - The LEGO Group continued its global expansion and reached children in all regions of the world in 2015. This was enabled by strong performance of new product innovations, such as LEGO® DIMENSIONS™, LEGO Star Wars™, LEGO NINJAGO™ and LEGO Elves, and a continued high interest in core LEGO themes such as LEGO City.

Washington, DC - As the sizes of computer chips in electronic devices continue to shrink, traditional measurement tools (e.g., microscopes utilizing visible light) are no longer capable of examining surface features, which can be just tens of nanometers. In order to examine these tiny features, researchers use tools such as the critical dimension atomic force microscope (CD-AFM), which measures features by dragging its ≈10 nm tip across the subject’s surface much like a record player needle pulling across a record’s grooves.

Washington, DC - Today Secretary Kerry met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry, and they discussed a range of regional and bilateral issues, including Libya and Syria.