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ANSI Awarded Third Grant from NIST

Funding to Advance Implementation of U.S. National Standards Strategy

New York, Aug 12, 2002

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was recently awarded its third consecutive $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration. According to ANSI officials, this year's funding will be used "to progress U.S. interests in areas of international standardization and conformity assessment and to further advance several initiatives launched in 2001 that relate to implementation of the U.S. National Standards Strategy (NSS)." The term of the grant began on June 1, 2002.

"The voluntary standardization system is stronger today than ever before because of increasing cooperation between government- and private-sector interests," said ANSI President and CEO, Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz. "The 2002 NIST grant monies will enable ANSI, on behalf of the United States, to undertake additional projects that will strengthen our role in the global standardization arena and to more vigorously pursue actions directly related to key strategic initiatives of the NSS."

In pursuit of its efforts to promote global market relevance for standards and conformity assessment programs, ANSI identified four primary focus areas that will be pursued under this year's funding: advocacy for the NSS at home and abroad and for U.S. positions related to international standardization; leadership in international committees and outreach to those outside the U.S.; outreach to key participants within the U.S. to facilitate their participation and improve their understanding of policy and procedural issues; and the launch of several new information, training and education services. These programs will help to ensure that regional agendas do not dominate international standardization activities and will enhance international recognition and applicability of standards that reflect U.S. technologies and values.

"The NIST grant will allow ANSI to fulfill its role in the NSS most effectively," said Dr. Hurwitz, "and we are grateful for their ongoing support."

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For more information about ANSI's 2001 accomplishments related to implementation of the U.S. National Standards Strategy, please see the 2001 Implementation Report.

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