In 2010 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy concluded that it was "more important than ever" for federal agencies to work in a more responsive and timely fashion with the private sector to ensure meaningful standards are developed and put into practice to meet urgent national needs. As a result, the federal government established an interagency group to provide high-level leadership encouraging federal agencies to strategically focus, and actively engaged, on critical standards-related issues.
Millions of products and services rely on industry standards, including standards related to public policy goals such as energy efficiency, accessibility, and product safety. For decades, the private sector has committed significant funding and countless hours of their experts’ time in developing the comprehensive, detailed and evolving network of standards in use today.
The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 directs the federal government to adopt private sector standards wherever possible, in lieu of creating proprietary, non-consensus standards. This workshop will explore the use of private sector standards by agencies. Industry and government leaders will discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with identifying - and then referencing - private sector standards in Federal regulations. Industry case studies highlighting the federal use of private sector standards will be reviewed. Mechanisms to improve the private sector standards developer’s responsiveness to the needs of federal regulators and agencies will also be explored. The workshop is part of the ongoing exploration of the government’s participation in standards development, including whether and how the Office of Management and Budget should consider supplementing OMB Circular A-119 to improve industry/government collaboration.
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