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ANSI-HSSP Sixth Plenary to be Held in Conjunction with WSC Transit Security Workshop

New York, Aug 13, 2007

The Homeland Security Standards Panel of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-HSSP) will hold its sixth plenary meeting, on October 3-4, 2007, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. Stakeholders from the homeland security standards community are invited to join in examining current issues and challenges, discussing recent successes, and forging connections for future collaboration on issues critical to homeland security.

This year’s plenary will be held in conjunction with the October 4-5 ISO/IEC/ITU World Standards Cooperation (WSC) Workshop on Transit Security, offering attendees the opportunity to network and develop shared strategies with security experts from the global community.

The first day of the plenary will feature panel sessions highlighting current standards-based security programs in the United States, key programs underway within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and international security standards initiatives. The second day will unite plenary attendees with WSC participants to discuss key issues and challenges relating to transit security. Together, they will address the strategic role for international standards and conformity assessment programs in the area of public transit security, encompassing urban, suburban and regional commuter transportation by bus, rail and the land side of urban ferry operations.

“Feedback from past plenary meetings have cited not only the useful information sharing and dialogue during the formal program, but also the valuable networking and connections established for future collaboration,” said Matt Deane, ANSI director of homeland security standards. “We also look forward to hosting the international transit security community and taking advantage of this great opportunity to explore the critical role for standards.”

The plenary meeting welcomes both ANSI-HSSP members and newcomers to the homeland security community. Program details, the latest agenda, and registration information are available on the conference event webpage.

Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to Matt Deane, ANSI director of homeland security standards (212.642.4992;

The American National Standards Institute launched the ANSI-HSSP in 2003 to assist DHS and those sectors requesting assistance to accelerate the development and adoption of consensus standards critical to homeland security. The panel has been active in addressing critical homeland security issues such as private sector emergency preparedness and business continuity, training programs for first responders, and such specific areas as perimeter security and biological and chemical threat agents. Ongoing efforts are examining standardization in transit security, emergency communications, and credentialing/access control for disaster management. Further information is available at

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