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January 7, 2011 - ANSI wishes to remind all interested stakeholders that NIST is seeking public comment on involvement of federal agency participation in standardization activities led by private sector. National Science and Technology Council Sub-Committee on Standards seeks to determine how federal agencies may engage more effectively in U.S. standardization system in manner that is consistent with National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget Circular A-119.

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


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American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
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Press release date: December 28, 2010

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 nstccomments@ansi.org with the subject line "Feedback for Sub-Committee on Standards."

To Submit Comments to NIST
Comments should be sent by February 7, 2011, to SOS_RFI@nist.gov 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:

NSTC, ANSI Seek Input on Federal Agency Involvement in Standardization Activities, December 8, 2010

ANSI Submits Input Document on Public-Private Collaboration to the NSTC Subcommittee on Standards, October 13, 2010

ANSI Webinar Discusses Input to New NSTC Subcommittee on Standards, May 24, 2010

ANSI Invites Participation in Webinar on Engagement with the New Subcommittee on Standards of the National Science and Technology Council, May 10, 2010

ANSI Hosts Administration Leaders for Introduction to New NSTC Standards Subcommittee, April 19, 2010

ANSI to Host Administration Leaders for Meeting on Public-Private Collaboration, April 8, 2010

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