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ANSI to Host OMB A-119 Revision Webinar on February 16


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will host a free webinar discussing the recently published revisions to White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-119, "Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities." The webinar will take place from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

ANSI strongly encourages all interested parties - and especially ANSI member organizations - to take this opportunity to learn more about the revised document, which will continue to have a significant impact on future U.S. government use of privately developed voluntary consensus standards.

The circular, in conjunction with the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) of 1995, instructs U.S. federal agencies to consider using voluntary consensus standards developed privately instead of government-unique standards whenever possible. It was last updated in 1998 and has been revised again to reflect notable changes that have occurred in the ensuing years in connection with voluntary consensus standards, conformity assessment activities, and the federal government's participation in and use of standards.

Guest speakers at the webinar will include:

  • Jasmeet Seehra, Policy Analyst, OMB

  • Jeff Weiss, Senior Advisor for Standards and Global Regulatory Policy, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Gordon Gillerman, Director, Standards Coordination Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The webinar will be listen-only, but participants will be given the opportunity to submit questions via chat. Following the event, the slide deck and a recording of the webinar will be made available for future viewing.

All individuals interesting in taking part in the webinar must register in advance.

Contact Elizabeth Neiman, ANSI senior director of communications and public relations, at [email protected] for information.


Jana Zabinski

Senior Director, Communications & Public Relations


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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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