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NIST and ANSI to Sponsor Public Forum on the U.S. Standards Strategy


New York, Feb 17, 2005

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the American National Standards Institute will co-sponsor a public forum to raise awareness of the United States Standards Strategy; to engage stakeholders in a dialogue of its principles, strategic initiatives and tactics; and to invite public comment. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon on April 15, 2005, at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC.

The United States Standards Strategy is a revision of the National Standards Strategy for the United States (NSS) (first edition – August 2000). The NSS was developed in response to a challenge by Ray Kammer, former director of NIST, to develop a strategic framework that would help to guide standards-related activities impacting trade, market-access, emerging national priorities, and more. Strategic and tactical initiatives contained within this framework were developed so that they could then be used by diverse interests to meet their respective national and individual organizational objectives.

In mid-2004, ANSI convened a committee to review and revise the NSS. More than 100 representatives of industry; small, medium and large enterprise; standards developers and consortium; consumer groups; and federal and state government have participated in the review process.

An initial draft of the second edition of the Strategy was issued for public review and comment in February 2005 (to access the draft text, refer to the website www.ansi.org/usss). The results of the forum discussions will be included in a compilation of public comments and considered in a final draft of the U.S. Standards Strategy.

There is no charge for the workshop but pre-registration is required. To register electronically, please send an e-mail message containing the attendee’s name, title, organization, telephone, telefax and e-mail address to registration@ansi.org or call 212.642.4956.

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