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NIST opens updated SCAP publication for public comment.

December 18, 2009

Special Publication 800-126 Revision 1, The Technical Specification for the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP): SCAP Version 1.1, describes changes to SCAP, which incorporates software flaw and security configuration standard reference data from National Vulnerability Database. Publication also adds SCAP to Open Checklist Interactive Language that standardizes manual security checks through questionnaires. Public comment period runs through January 23, 2010. Read More

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Touchscreen Device may lead to mobile fingerprint ID.

December 18, 2009

NIST compiled requirements and designed software needed by FBI to run on handheld device with index card-sized touchscreen. Researchers Mary Theofanos, Brian Stanton, Yee-Yin Choong, and Ross Micheals brainstormed with FBI Hostage Rescue Team and created solution capable of taking pictures of fingerprints/faces and sending data wirelessly to central hub. Design was scaled to fit 2 x 3 in. screen, and next step is to integrate actual finger print sensor into demo program. Read More

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Organizations honored with Baldrige National Quality Award.

December 18, 2009

On Dec 7, President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced that 5 organizations have been named recipients of 2009 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for innovation and performance excellence. Recipients include Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, MidwayUSA, AtlantiCare, and Heartland Health, and VA Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center. Read More

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NFPA and UL Standards help ensure bright, safe holidays.

December 17, 2009

NFPA and UL, members and audited designators of ANSI, urge consumers to keep safety in mind this holiday season when decorating. Codes and standards addressing decoration safety cover safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment to be used indoors/outdoors. Both agencies advise choice of appropriate products (indoor-only vs. outdoor-only) as well as examination of products for cracked sockets and frayed/exposed wires before installation. Read More

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NACD Announcement names 21 new members and affiliates.

December 17, 2009

NACD welcomed 21 new members and affiliates - which include chemical distributors, suppliers, chemical handlers, and non-handlers - for the fourth quarter of 2009. Exemplifying diversity and continued growth of NACD community, members will be provided with regulatory guidance, networking opportunities, and access to elected officials in Washington, DC. NACD expects continued growth in 2010, as chemical distributors look to thrive in current economic and regulatory environment. Read More

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Group of Airlines take step in alternative fuel deployment.

December 17, 2009

According to ATA, a core group of airlines has signed groundbreaking memoranda of understanding with AltAir Fuels LLC and Rentech, Inc. for future supply of alternative aviation fuel. In addition to being more environmentally friendly on lifecycle basis than today's jet fuels, domestically produced alternative fuels will also create jobs and bolster U.S. energy independence. Announcement reaffirms airlines' commitment to greener, more stable and secure energy future. Read More

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NIST seeks public comment on cryptography standard document.

December 17, 2009

NIST has released Revised Draft of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-3 for public comment until March 11, 2010. Document updates federal government's guiding document for testing/validation of cryptographic modules that offer primary line of defense for confidential data on computers. Revision proposes 4 levels of security specified in FIPS 140-2 and adds requirements at higher security levels for mitigating noninvasive attacks. Read More

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Network Analyzer Calibration is facilitated by automated techniques.

December 17, 2009

Electronic verification standard and accompanying software developed by electrical engineers at NIST allows process to be automated and performance of calibration system checked with NIST via the Internet. Traceable directly to NIST labs, procedure compares measurements to independent calibration process and authenticates tests both electronically and with printable certificate from NIST that includes serial number of device being calibrated. Read More

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AIA elects officers and Board of Governors for 2010.

December 17, 2009

AIA's Board of Governors has elected Scott Donnelly, President and CEO of Textron Inc., as its Chairman for 2010. James F. Albaugh, Executive VP of The Boeing Company, and President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, was elected AIA's Vice Chairman. Board also re-elected Marion C. Blakey as AIA's President and CEO as well as AIA's CFO, Ginette C. Colot, as Secretary-Treasurer. Additional members of 2010 AIA Board of Governors are listed in full release. Read More

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NIST and NTIA plan demonstration communications network.

December 17, 2009

NIST and NTIA have announced plans to create demonstration broadband communications network for emergency services agencies, using part of 700 MHz broadband spectrum. System will provide common demonstration site for manufacturers, carriers, and public safety agencies to test/evaluate advanced broadband communications equipment/software. It is expected to go live in mid-2010. National network could offer public safety groups access to video, mapping, GPS applications, and more. Read More

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NIST Technology Program announces research project awards.

December 17, 2009

NIST announced funding for 20 research projects under Technology Innovation Program, which supports innovative, high-risk research in new technologies that address critical national needs. Projects range from unmanned, hovering aircraft for inspecting bridges to high-speed sorting system for recycling aerospace metals to nanomaterials for advanced batteries. Cost-sharing awards represent up to $146 million in new research over next 2-5 years with up to $71 million in funding provided by TIP. Read More

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ANSI Member Collaboration will benefit recreational water safety.

December 17, 2009

Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) and NSF International, members and accredited standards developers of ANSI, jointly agreed to pursue research and testing to advance health and safety in recreational water industry. Via this collaboration, NSF has agreed to provide research and testing services for the development and maintenance of APSP's standards and will also perform general research on prevention of injuries and illnesses related to recreational water activities. Read More

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ANSI's Document Library Alert Feature informs members of changes.

December 16, 2009

ANSI is announcing a helpful alert feature within members' document library that allows users to set up alert requests on specific folders and pages within library. Once alert is in place, system will automatically send email to user whenever folder or page is modified. This feature will help ANSI members keep abreast of latest changes and additions to information that pertains to their work. Alerts can be tailored to fit user's preferences. Read More

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AWWA Symposium on Waterborne Pathogens scheduled for May 2010.

December 16, 2009

Open registration has been announced for 2010 International Symposium on Waterborne Pathogens, which is scheduled to take place May 2-4, 2010 in Manhattan Beach, CA. Providing forum for exchange of information and ideas relating to critical public health issue of waterborne pathogens, symposium will cover topics such as detection methods, emerging pathogens, risk assessment, treatment and disinfection, case studies and outbreaks, and regulatory issues. Read More

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ANSI announces expanded scope of accreditation.

December 16, 2009

In effort to facilitate cross-border trade of telecommunications products between Japan and U.S., ANSI has announced that the scope of its accreditation program for Telecommunications Certification Bodies was expanded to include recognition of telecommunications requirements issued by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Under this scope expansion, test results and product certification by U.S. TCBs for equipment will be accepted in Japan without need to re-test product. Read More

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Content Category Finalists announced for CODiE Awards.

December 16, 2009

CODiE Awards finalists were announced for categories relating to content aggregation, distribution, management, and publishing. Forty-eight products from 30 companies were selected from among 100+ nominations by 65 companies. Gale and LexisNexis have the most products reaching final stage, with 5 each. Products that qualified will now be reviewed by members of SIIA, who will vote on winners for all 15 categories. Winners will be announced at CODiE Awards Dinner on January 26, 2010. Read More

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ANSI Hosts delegates from China National Institute of Standardization.

December 16, 2009

ANSI hosted a delegation from the China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) in its Washington, DC offices on December 1, 2009. Close to 25 ANSI members attended, both in person and via web conference, and watched CNIS delegates provide informative presentations that highlighted general overview of the organization's activity and structure, standardization education research project, and CNIS's contributions to China's policies for intellectual property and standards. Read More

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ATA Co-Sponsors Conference on sleep apnea and truck drivers.

December 15, 2009

On May 12 of 2010, American Trucking Associations (ATA) will co-sponsor the first national conference on sleep apnea and commercial motor vehicle drivers. The conference, hosted by American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), will feature presentations and panel discussions that focus on providing common understanding of OSA diagnosis and treatment, clarifying current and proposed regulations, and providing trucking management with resources to improve employee health and safety. Read More

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BIO Commends House for easing regulatory burdens in HR 4173.

December 15, 2009

BIO commended the House of Representatives for including provisions intended to ease small business regulatory burdens, part of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173). One provision would permanently exempt companies with market capitalizations of $75 million or less from Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Another would direct SEC to perform study evaluating costs and benefits of compliance with SOX Section 404(b) for companies that meet specific criteria. Read More

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AMT Praises Provisions in President Obama's job plan.

December 15, 2009

AMT is pleased with steps proposed by President Obama to create jobs and strengthen manufacturing. Now in hands of Congress, proposals and provisions offer steps that can help spur capital investments. Specifically, AMT President Douglas K. Woods singled out 2 provisions important to U.S. manufacturing technology providers: one-year extension of enhanced Section 179 expensing for small businesses, and one-year extension of 50% bonus depreciation incentive for new capital equipment purchases. Read More