President Bush Expected to Sign Digital Promise Into Law
On Thursday, July 31, 2008, the House and Senate passed the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Digital Promise is part of the bill that was sent to the president for his signature. The new program, entitled the "National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies," is a Congressionally originated 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation located within the Department of Education.
The center will have a nine-member independent Board of Directors appointed by the Secretary of Education from nominations by members of Congress. Grants and contracts will be awarded on merit, and policies will be developed following the tested procedures of NSF and NIH. Given its status as a non-profit, independent corporation, the Center will be able to receive grants, contracts, and philanthropic contributions, as well as federal appropriations.
See the National Center section of the bill