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REMINDER: NSTC, ANSI Seek Input on Federal Agency Involvement in Standardization Activities

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) wishes to remind all interested stakeholders that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking public comment on the involvement of federal agency participation in standardization activities led by the private sector. Comments to NIST are due by February 7, 2011.

The input received will inform the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Sub-Committee on Standards (SOS) in the development of case studies examining the effectiveness of federal participation in standards and conformity assessment efforts. The Sub-Committee seeks to determine how federal agencies may engage more effectively in the U.S. standardization system in a manner that is consistent with the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-119. Comments to NIST are due by February 7, 2011.

As the coordinator of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, ANSI will develop a consensus response on behalf of the standardization community. ANSI members and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to send comments for inclusion by January 14, 2011.

In particular, the Sub-Committee seeks to consider federal engagement in standards activities supporting the following national priorities: 1) smart grid; 2) health information technology; 3) cyber security; 4) emergency communications interoperability; 5) radioactivity detectors and radiation monitors; and 6) other technologies involving significant federal participation in standards setting.

Issues impacting U.S. competitiveness, such as the interplay of standards with intellectual property, competition, and innovation, are also significant considerations. The Sub-Committee seeks perspectives on:

    1. the effectiveness of federal agency coordination with the private sector

    2. the adequacy and availability of federal resources

    3. the effectiveness of the methods federal agencies have used to engage in standards-setting activities by identifying which methods have enhanced or limited the public-private standards-setting processes

    4. other issues that arise and are considered during the standards setting process which impact the process, timeliness, adoption, and use of the resulting standards

For additional details, view the December 8, 2010, Federal Register notice.

To Submit Comments for ANSI Federation Response
Comments should be submitted by January 14, 2011, to [email protected] with the subject line "Feedback for Sub-Committee on Standards."

To Submit Comments to NIST
Comments should be sent by February 7, 2011, to [email protected] with the subject line "Standardization feedback for Sub-Committee on Standards."

For a history of ANSI's engagement with the NSTC, see the following news items:


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