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Coordination, Cooperation and Progress: Events in Washington, DC, Commemorate Tenth Anniversary of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA)

Washington DC, Mar 06, 2006

Members of the standardization community and representatives from various government agencies gathered today in Washington, DC, to commemorate the passage of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA). Passed into law on March 7, 1996, this landmark legislation 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. This streamlined approach to standards development and implementation central to the NTTAA has saved millions of dollars by using consensus standards for procurement purposes and mitigating overlap and conflict in regulations.

To mark the tremendous progress that has been made in the cooperative standardization efforts of industry and government during the past ten years, several standards organizations sponsored a luncheon on Capitol Hill for Congressional members and staff.

Sponsors of the luncheon included:

  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • ASTM International
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • International Code Council (ICC)
  • National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Later in the day, ANSI hosted a celebratory reception at the National Press Club, attended by nearly one hundred members and supporters of the standardization community.

A number of federal agencies have shared their perspectives on the legacy of the NTTAA in a special edition of the ANSI Reporter, highlighting their active partnerships with the private sector and participation in voluntary consensus standards development activities. Visit to download the NTTAA issue.

ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel