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About the NTTAA supports the requirements of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) which directs Federal Agencies with respect to their use of private sector standards and conformity assessment practices.  More information...

About OMB Circular A-119

The 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, establishes policies on Federal use and development of voluntary consensus standards and on conformity assessment activities.  More information... offers background materials and useful links for locating information about the use of standards in government. Our primary focus is on federal agency use of standards and conformity assessment for regulatory purposes.


SCAN Highlights - the latest on federal standards and conformity assessment

October 29, 2013 - On October 2, 2013, the Federal Register published a Notice (78 FR 60784) of Proposed Rulemaking by The Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration on Incorporation by Reference. This Notice is in response to a February 13, 2012 petition regarding the definition of 'reasonably available' standards incorporation by reference (IBR) by federal agencies within the Federal Register. NARA proposes that agencies add more information regarding materials IBR to the preambles of their rulemaking documents such as a discussion of the actions they took to ensure the materials are reasonably available to interested parties or a summary of the contents of the materials they wish to incorporate by reference. Comments must be received on or before December 31, 2013.

June 5 2013 -  Survey on programs and services of the Standards Coordination Office (SCO) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  This survey seeks feedback on SCO programs.  To take the survey, click here.  Learn more by visiting the Standards Coordination Office website.  Any questions or comments about the survey please contact

December 10, 2012 - The Administrative Conference of the United States recently examined the ways that federal agencies use third parties to assess regulatory compliance.  Recommendations included the use of private sector conformity assessment solutions whenever feasible to control costs.  The report's recommendations on Third Party Programs to Assess Regulatory Compliance were reviewed at the 57th Plenary Session on December 6, 2012. 


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