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Tributes Mark Tenth Anniversary of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act

ANSI to host celebratory reception March 6, 2006

New York, Feb 01, 2006

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the passage of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA), a piece of legislation that has had far reaching benefits for the standardization community and the nation as a whole. The NTTAA compelled federal agencies to turn decisively to consensus based, voluntary standards as alternatives to specifications that had previously been developed only for government use.

The streamlined approach to standards development and implementation central to the NTTAA has saved billions of dollars by using consensus standards for procurement purposes and mitigating overlap and conflict in regulations. During the last decade, tremendous progress has been made in the cooperative standardization efforts of industry and government. Significant accomplishments have been realized in critical areas such as health and safety, security and defense, protection of the environment, and technological advancement.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) serves as coordinator under the auspices of the Act and works with other federal agencies and state and local governments to achieve greater reliance on voluntary standards and lessened dependence on in-house standards. The NTTAA also requires that NIST provide guidance on conformity assessment activities to allow each agency to use its resources more efficiently.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will host a celebratory reception on March 6, 2006, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, to commemorate the Act and provide an opportunity for further networking between representatives of the private and public sectors.

ANSI also plans to publish a special edition of the ANSI Reporter as a tribute to the NTTAA, which will include perspectives on the legacy of the Act from various government agencies. The Standards Engineering Society is also publishing a summary of case studies and success stories about implementation of the NTTAA that showcases how standards developing organizations have worked with government under the auspices of the NTTAA. Both publications are expected to be available soon.

For more information on the NTTAA and related celebratory events, click here.

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