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Karmol Appointed as Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs

Hurwitz reports that new position is key for increased public advocacy

New York, Nov 12, 2002

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system, announced today the creation of the new position of vice president of public policy and government affairs and the promotion of David Karmol to that office. "The Institute's leadership created this position in recognition of the increasing strategic importance of advocating ANSI's goals in the U.S. government," said Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, CAE, ANSI president and CEO.

Since the passage of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act in 1995 encouraging the use of voluntary standards by federal agencies and participation in voluntary standards bodies by agency representatives, ANSI has continued to drive an ever-increasing awareness of the utility of voluntary consensus standards on Capitol Hill. ANSI has worked to fulfill the mission of the National Standards Strategy to educate government agencies and legislators on how they can meet their regulatory, trade, procurement and other needs through voluntary standards, emphasizing the importance of the voluntary standardization system to U.S. competitiveness and the health and safety of our citizens.

The past year has been especially productive on the public policy front, with the Institute gaining significant ground in December 2001 when President Bush signed into law the Defense Authorization Bill, which included the "ANSI Amendment." The successful conclusion of a six-month effort initiated by the Institute, the approved amendment protects the ability of federal government employees to attend and participate in standards development activities. Another recent success is the Help America Vote Act, passed in October 2002, which calls for the creation of a Technical Guidelines Development Committee that will have members drawn from ANSI and ANSI-accredited standards developers. In addition, during 2002 ANSI has received more than $550,000 in federal grants for projects to strengthen U.S. representation in the international standards community and for the development of guidance materials that will encourage federal, state and local officials to use voluntary consensus standards to protect the environment.

Formerly the director of public policy and government affairs at ANSI, Karmol joined ANSI staff in July 2001 with a thorough knowledge of the issues important to the standards and conformity assessment community and a track record of success working on policies, strategies and programs in close liaison with federal, state and local governments. He spent ten years as general counsel and director of public affairs at the National Spa and Pool Institute (NSPI), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, and prior to that served as press secretary and special assistant to the director of the United States Mint; general counsel for the Can Manufacturers Institute; associate counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee; member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and assistant prosecuting attorney in Ohio.

"We believe this new position will be an asset as David continues to build ANSI's presence in government initiatives," said Hurwitz. "As the U.S. government faces an increasing budget deficit and the creation of an important new department, it is important that legislators and agency officials are aware that voluntary standards present sound technical solutions to policy challenges without creating additional cost and operations burdens."

ANSI's mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization system. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI currently has offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

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