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ANSI Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSSC)

The American National Standards Institute's 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.

Meeting Calendar


ANSI-HDSSC “InterAgency Board (IAB) for Emergency Preparedness and Response Standards Development Priorities” Roundtable

Due to the unprecedented circumstances caused by COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone our upcoming meeting to a later date. New date with more details to follow.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSSC), along with the InterAgency Board (IAB) for Emergency Preparedness and Response, will hold a meeting for federal agencies, standards development organizations, and responder stakeholder organizations to discuss standards development priorities.

 Meeting Agenda.

The IAB is a collaborative panel of emergency preparedness and response practitioners, federal employees, and subject matter experts representing a wide array of technical expertise. The IAB facilitates the exchange of knowledge and ideas to improve national preparedness and promote interoperability and compatibility among local, state, and federal response communities. Based on direct field experience, IAB members advocate for and assist with the development and implementation of performance criteria, standards, test protocols, and technical, operating, and training requirements for all-hazards incident response equipment. The InterAgency Board (IAB) is a voluntary, collaborative panel of emergency preparedness and response practioners representing all levels of government, operational, technical and support organizations. The IAB provides a structured forum for the exchange of ideas among local, state, and federal response communities to improve national preparedness.

The mission of the InterAgency Board is to strengthen the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond safely and effectively to emergencies, disasters, and CBRNE incidents. Each year, the IAB develops a list of standards that do not currently exist but are needed for the responder community (including fire, law enforcement and EMS), and the standards development priorities for FY 2019 are listed below:

  • Law Enforcement:
    • Standard practice and accreditation program for special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams
    • Guidance for emergency medical support personnel deployed with law enforcement
  • Fire and Hazmat:
    • Test method(s) and/or performance specification for biological field detection instruments
  • Law Enforcement (Fire, Hazmat and Emergency Medical Services):
    • Guidance for selection and use of body armor by non-law enforcement responders
    • Guidance for implementation and operation of a public safety small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) program
    • Guidance for initial first responders at an incident involving chemical or biological agents

 Past meetings

Recent News Items

  • ANSI-HDSSC “InterAgency Board (IAB) Standards Development Priorities” Roundtable The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSSC), along with the InterAgency Board (IAB) for Emergency Preparedness and Response, held a meeting on March 27, 2018, for federal agencies, standards development organizations, and responder stakeholder organizations to discuss responder standards development priorities.
  • ANSI-HDSSC “InterAgency Board (IAB) First Responder Standards Development Priorities” Roundtable
    The ANSI-HDSSC “First Responder Standards Development Priorities” Roundtable was held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. This meeting focused on discussing the latest standards development priorities identified by emergency response and preparedness practitioners from law enforcement, fire, and other public safety agencies.
  • ANSI-HDSSC Roundtable Report Addresses Progress on Standardization Priorities for First Responders and Emergency Incidents
    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSCC) has released a meeting report highlighting updates from its recent Roundtable on InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB) Standards Needs held on March 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Representatives of federal agencies, standards developers, researchers, manufacturers, and other relevant stakeholders discussed standardization needs related to emergency response equipment and training and other issues associated with all-hazards incidents.
  • ANSI-HDSSC Welcomes New Public-Sector Co-Chair.
    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative (HDSSC) has appointed Casandra Robinson, physical scientist in the National Institute of Standards of Technology(NIST) Standards Coordination Office (SCO), as its new public-sector co-chair. At NIST SCO, Ms. Robinson is responsible for leading the development of documentary standards and standards-related policy activities. She coordinates with NIST technical units, other federal agencies, industry, and other stakeholders in the development of standards and conformity assessment needs and requirements.

 News Items Archive

Participation

Participation in the HDSCC is open to representatives of industry, government, professional societies, trade associations, standards developers, and consortia groups directly involved in U.S. homeland security and homeland defense standardization.

Any organization wishing to become a HDSSC participant should contact the Director (mdeane@ansi.org 212.642.4884) for further details on how to join.

HDSCC officers:

Co-Chair (private-sector):

Christian Dubay
Vice President and Chief Engineer
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Co-Chair (public-sector):

Casandra (Cassy) Robinson
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Document Library

The HDSSC Member Document Library contains documents relating to the work of the Collaborative and are available to HDSCC participants.

Each year, the Science and Technology SubGroup (S&T) and the Standards Coordinating SubGroup support and coordinate the InterAgency Board’s (IAB) efforts to identify and to prioritize research and development (R&D) and standards requirements within the First Responder community. These IAB Priority Lists are shared with the S&T community to help focus R&D needs and the standards community to help focus existing and potential standard needs.

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Staff Contact

Michelle Deane
Director, HDSSC
Tel: 212.642.4884
Fax: 212.398.0023
mdeane@ansi.org

Melissa Wylie
Program Administrator, Standards Facilitation
Tel: 212.642.4996
mwylie@ansi.org

 Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative