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ANSI Caucus to Address DoC Standards Initiative

New York, Aug 25, 2003

On Friday, September 5, the monthly ANSI Caucus meeting will address the eight-point standards initiative recently introduced by Secretary of Commerce Don Evans. Ms. Mary Saunders, chief of the Standards Services Division in the Technology Services office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will lead the discussion.

The Department of Commerce (DoC) plan establishes a framework to address the relationship between foreign standards and the international competitiveness of U.S. companies, in the hopes of reducing the barriers to export markets caused by foreign governments' adverse policies on standards and technical regulatory requirements. The initiative incorporates assessment, training, warning systems, dialogue with industry and more.

Ms. Saunders will update the caucus on the progress being made by NIST and the Department of Commerce in implementing the DoC standards initiative, including ongoing industry roundtables, the selection of a standards liaison to work in the International Trade Administration, and other key points of the strategy.

Ms. Saunders has held a variety of positions at NIST and the Department of Commerce, and has an extensive and varied background in the standards community with experience in international standards, domestic standardization, government standards and accreditation programs. She is currently serving as co-chair of the ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP), and as chair of the Interagency Committee on Standards Policy.

The ANSI Caucus meeting will be held at the University Club in Washington, DC, beginning at 11:30am. The University Club is located at 1135 16th Street, between L and M streets.

ANSI Caucus luncheons are held on the first Friday of each month and are free to ANSI members. The host for this Caucus will be ASTM International and Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM's director of external relations. Sponsorship opportunities are available for upcoming Caucus luncheons. For more information, please contact David Karmol, ANSI vice president, public policy and government affairs (; 202-331-3610).

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