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ANSI Hosts Congressional Reception in Washington DC to Highlight Progress of United States Standards Strategy


New York, Jul 28, 2005

More than a hundred leaders in the standards and conformity assessment community, members and staff of the United States Congress, and other distinguished guests attended a reception hosted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Wednesday evening at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. The reception was an opportunity for members of the United States Standards Strategy (USSS) Committee to update key government representatives and staff on the progress of the Strategy and help to educate them on how the finished document will serve as a mechanism to foster global competition, innovation, and trade.

ANSI president and CEO Mark W. Hurwitz welcomed the guests and opened the program with an acknowledgement of ANSI's role. “For nearly 90 years, the Institute has had the unique responsibility of bringing together stakeholders from both the private and public sectors for the purpose of consensus-building across the diverse standardization and conformity assessment arena,” he said. “We have helped to forge the robust working partnership that now exists among stakeholders in industry and government, and....ANSI is proud to assist in the development of the United States Standard Strategy.”

Mr. S. Joe Bhatia, chairman of the USSS Committee, updated the gathered attendees on the status of the Strategy, which is expected to be approved by the ANSI Board of Directors at the close of 2005. For more than a year, a broad cross section of diverse interests – including small, medium and large organizations in various industry sectors, federal and state governments, and more – have engaged themselves in the revision process.

“The draft Strategy that we have developed is written in a way that permits different groups to select and derive value from those elements of the document that resonate most clearly with their individual requirements. It identifies where there are standardization needs to be met, opportunities to do better and good work to reaffirm,” said Bhatia.

"The U.S. Standards Strategy calls for standards that meet societal and market needs and that do not act as barriers to trade. The Strategy continues to support the U.S. sector-based and market-driven approach to standards-setting. And it calls for better coordination between the private and public sector, stronger support from the federal government, and a higher level of awareness of the value of standards."

Upon the approval of the Strategy by the ANSI Board, the Committee will turn to Congress, top-level government agencies and officials, industry leaders, trade and professional societies, consumer groups and others for support.

"Endorsement at the highest levels of the U.S. government will serve as an additional catalyst to foster the U.S. standards system and promote U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace," said ANSI Board chairman George W. Arnold. "Every standards stakeholder in the U.S. shares in the responsibility for implementing the new Strategy," he said. "Everyone has a role to play."

The program was closed by Congressman Michael G. Oxley (R - OH), chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, who thanked the group for the standards that they have developed in the past, and encouraged the attendees to persevere in their standards work, noting the vital role standards play in facilitating technology needed by the federal government in support of key priorities, such as homeland security.


The evening also gave ANSI an opportunity to showcase some of the Institute's online resources, including a demonstration of the Department of Homeland Security-sponsored Homeland Security Standards Database (www.hssd.us), which provides a single, comprehensive source for standards that relate to homeland security. ANSI also demonstrated the Hydrogen Codes and Standards Portal, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The portal (hcsp.ansi.org) is designed to provide a single point for information about the various codes, standards, and regulations that apply to the use of hydrogen as a fuel source.


For more information on the USSS, visit www.ansi.org/usss, or download this brochure.

To view the demonstration of the Homeland Security Standards Database, click here.

To view the demonstration of the Hydrogen Codes and Standards Portal, click here.

 Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative