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The mission of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Computing, Information, and Communications (CIC) was to support the Committee on Computing, Information, and Communications (CCIC), which reports to the National Science and Technology Council. The NCO provided technical and administrative support to the CCIC's Computing, Information, and Communications (CIC) R&D Subcommittee, and provided administrative support to the Federal Networking Council (FNC), the Applications Council, and the Technology Policy Subcommittee (TPS), all of which report to the CCIC.
The NCO coordinated multi-agency CIC R&D activities in computing, information, and communications. These activities include the preparation of planning, budget, and assessment documents, including the CIC R&D Annual Report, which is a supplement to the President's budget and is required by law, and the CIC R&D Implementation Plan; development of multi-agency activities; and information exchanges. The Subcommittee has five Working Groups that address specific programmatic objectives: High End Computing and Computation; Large Scale Networking; High Confidence Systems; Human Centered Systems; and Education, Training, and Human Resources. The NCO supports and coordinates the Working Groups' activities.
The NCO has been replaced by the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD).