The ANSI Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSSC) has as its mission to identify existing consensus standards, or, if none exist, assist government agencies and those sectors requesting assistance to accelerate development and adoption of consensus standards critical to homeland security and homeland defense.
Originally established by ANSI in February 2003 as the Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP), the HDSSC was renamed in 2013 to reflect a revision of the group’s charter expanding its scope to include issues related to homeland defense and to include input from a wider range of government agencies and private groups. The HSSP was originally established to bolster the development of voluntary standards related to homeland security and emergency preparedness.
The HDSSC promotes a positive, cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors in order to meet the needs of the nation in this critical area. The updated charter calls for the group to reach out to members of the homeland defense and security sectors that have not previously been directly involved with the voluntary consensus standards system. The Collaborative seeks broad engagement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), state agencies, and other relevant entities (see relevant resources in the Resource Center).