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Leading Technology Strategist to Keynote ANSI Annual Conference on Standardization and Innovation

Featured Speakers to Highlight Activities in Emerging Technologies

New York, Oct 04, 2006

Larry Irving, technology strategist and former assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, will serve as the keynote speaker at the American National Standards Institute’s 2006 Annual Conference, Standardization and Innovation. The October 11 event in Washington, DC, will provide a unique forum for business leaders, government representatives, and the standards community to explore how standards are driving innovation, accelerating emerging technologies, and promoting U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Mr. Irving will examine the trends, technologies and policies shaping the emerging domestic and international electronic markets. Currently president of the Irving Information Group, an international telecommunications and information technology consulting firm, Mr. Irving served in the U.S. Department of Commerce for nearly seven years. As assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, he was a senior advisor to the President, Vice-President and Secretary of Commerce, and a principal architect of the Clinton-Gore Administration’s telecommunications, Internet and e-commerce policies and initiatives.

The ANSI event will also feature Dr. Robert Kolodner, interim national coordinator for health information technology, as the conference luncheon speaker. Dr. Kolodner will discuss the key players and developments driving the President’s initiative to create a Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) by 2014. Dr. Kolodner was recently appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to lead the administration of several HHS contracts supporting the development of the NHIN. He comes from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where as chief health informatics officer he was responsible for information and related systems throughout the veterans’ health system.

Opening the afternoon’s slate of presentations and panel discussions, Patrick J. Cleary, senior vice president of communications at the National Association of Manufacturers, will highlight some of the opportunities and challenges the manufacturing industry faces as it leverages innovation for maximum impact on the global economy. Mr. Cleary served in the U.S. Department of Labor under the Reagan Administration, as chair of the National Mediation Board under the Bush Administration, and on the Bush-Cheney Transition Team for the Department of Labor in 2001.

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