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ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel Renamed Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative


Name Change Connected to Organization's Recent Charter Revision

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) Steering Committee recently announced that the HSSP has been renamed the Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSSC). The new name reflects a revision of the group's charter intended to expand 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 in 2003 to bolster the development of voluntary standards related to homeland security and emergency preparedness.

The decision to rename the group and revise the charter was reached at a December 2012 Steering Committee meeting. That meeting was attended by representatives of ANSI, ANSI members the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and ASIS International, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC)'s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), among other groups.

The new name - which the Steering Committee determined to be more reflective of the collaborative nature of the group's work - is just one of the changes included in the revised charter. 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 as well as to government agencies such as the Department of Defense (DOD), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and relevant state-level governmental bodies.

ANSI has agreed to work with the group's co-chairs to develop a reorganization plan for the HDSSC Steering Committee and to consider the possibility of creating topic-specific HDSSC task groups. ANSI is expected to survey members of the Collaborative regarding topics for future work plans.

For more information about the revision of the charter, the name change, or other information related to the HDSSC, please visit the official ANSI-HDSSC website at, or contact Michelle Deane, ANSI-HDSSC director, at [email protected].


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