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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...

FR 01272016 OMB A119
Federal Register January 27, 2016 Announces the Revision of OMB Circular A-119


SCAN Highlights - the latest on federal standards and conformity assessment

April 22, 2016 - The Office of the Federal Register has updated the Incorporation by Reference Handbook to clarify requirements for Incorporation By Reference (IBR) under the recently amended 1 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 51 and add additional examples.  IBR allows Federal agencies to publish rules in the Federal Register and CFR by referring to materials published elsewhere.  This enables agencies to draw on the expertise and resources of the private sector to serve the public interest.

January 28, 2016 - The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has revised Circular A-119, Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities, in light of changes that have taken place in the world of regulation, standards, and conformity assessment since the Circular was last revised in 1998.  Find the pdf version of the Federal Register notice here.

November 7, 2014 - The Office of the Federal Register has issued its Final Rule on Incorporation by Reference.  With respect to incorporated material, the new rule requires agencies to "...set out, in the preambles of their proposed and final rules, a discussion of the actions they took to ensure the materials are reasonably available to interested parties and that they summarize the contents of the materials they wish to incorporate by reference. "  The rule becomes effective on January 6, 2015.


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.

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