Issued to the leadership of U.S. federal executive departments and agencies, the memorandum describes the approach decided upon by the federal government to implement the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) recommendations outlined in the October 2011 report, Federal Engagement in Standards Activities to Address National Priorities.
"The vibrancy and effectiveness of the U.S. standards system in enabling innovation depend on continued private-sector leadership and engagement," the memorandum asserts. "This approach - reliance on private-sector leadership - remains the primary strategy for government engagement in standards development."
The memorandum makes a number of important points regarding government reliance on the private sector:
"The strength of the U.S. standardization system is built upon public-private partnerships for shared public policy goals," said ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia. "Working together, we have built a base of solid support and substance that provides good rationale for some of these conclusions. I am pleased to have this ratification, and a new foundation for next steps in developing strong public-private partnerships to serve the needs of our country."
The NSTC's October 2011 Federal Engagement in Standards Activities report was informed by responses submitted to a Request for Information (RFI). In total, the RFI received responses from more than 90 companies, trade associations, standards development organizations, and others, with the overwhelming majority stating strong support for the U.S. standardization system. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in its role as the coordinator of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, submitted a response on behalf of the standardization community. [see related news item]
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