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ANSI and GAO to Co-Sponsor Congressional Briefing on Homeland Security Standards

Washington, DC, Mar 22, 2004

The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have partnered to sponsor a briefing on applying management standards to homeland security. Citing concerns about the proper targeting of homeland security funding and maintaining the right capabilities for the longer term, a recently issued letter of invitation encourages members of Congress and staff involved in homeland security policy and/or oversight to attend the event.

"National standards in a variety of settings have effectively developed agreements, rules, and elements to facilitate defining roles and relationships, resource leveraging, and integrating interdependent efforts," explained Randall Yim, GAO's managing director of homeland security and justice. "We believe existing domestic and international management standards covering elements such as risk assessment, planning, capability building, and performance evaluation offer a rigorous approach to better meet and assess homeland security expectations."

"Focused presentations during the meeting will provide an overview of national and international standards development and use, the potential value of homeland security or integrated risk management and security standards, and policy issues for Congressional consideration," added David Karmol, ANSI vice president of public policy and government affairs. An update on the work of the ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) and its efforts to develop a recommendation to the 9-11 Commission on private sector emergency preparedness and business continuity will also be provided.

The briefing will be held April 15 at the GAO headquarters building in Washington, DC.

For more information, please contact David Karmol, ANSI vice president of public policy and government affairs (; 202.331.3610).

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