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ANSI-HSSP to Hold First Plenary Meeting on June 9-10, 2003 in Gaithersburg, MD

New York, NY, May 14, 2003

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has issued a meeting announcement for the first plenary meeting of its Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP), a group that was created to identify existing consensus standards, or, if none exists, assist the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and those sectors requesting assistance to accelerate development and adoption of consensus standards critical to homeland security.

The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9 and will conclude by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. An Interim Steering Committee (ISC) that met twice since formation of the ANSI-HSSP was announced in February 2003 has laid out a framework for the plenary agenda.

The Panel will initially concentrate on ten areas of focus that have been identified as the most immediate standards needs by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

Radiological/nuclear detectorsChemical/explosives sensors
Anthrax detectorsModeling, simulation and analysis
Decontamination standardsTraining for emergency responders
Cyber security standardsInteroperable communications
Biometrics for entry/exit programCertification of equipment/personnel

“These initial focus areas will allow the Panel to hit the ground running and make immediate contributions,” explained Matthew Deane, ANSI-HSSP secretary.

To facilitate its work on June 9-10 and into the future, the Panel's structure will initially be comprised of four coordinating committees that provide forums to bring together representatives of a broad range of interested and affected constituencies to address specific needs. These four broader categories include certification and accreditation, critical infrastructure protection, security systems and countermeasures, and countermeasures for public health support.

In general, it is the responsibility of the coordinating committees to:

  • Identify, as appropriate, existing standards or work already in process that address the priority areas.
  • Identify any standards that may require modification in order to satisfy the priority areas.
  • Identify any gaps in standards needed to satisfy the priority areas and list organizations that have advised of an interest to develop such standards.
  • Work to minimize duplication of efforts between and among the entities involved.
  • Identify any procedural or process issues that may impede the timely development of needed standards and suggest solutions.
  • Address coordination issues with regional (multinational) and international standardization efforts, as appropriate.

“For the June 9-10 Panel meetings to be successful, we would like attendees to be individuals who are technically knowledgeable about one or more of these initial ten focus areas and are able to identify existing standards, work in progress, or gaps that exist where standards are needed,” Mr. Deane said.

Participation is open to all directly and materially affected US-domiciled parties.

Interested attendees should complete and return the meeting registration form and return it to Mr. Deane (; fax: 212.398.0023; tel: 212.642.4992) no later than June 1, 2003. Registrants are requested to indicate the area or areas under which they currently participate and will be able to contribute to breakout discussions at the meeting.