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August 21, 2012 - Recent Treasury guidance consents to ANSI's international standards development activities with Iran.  The Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) advised that ANSI's participation in international standards activities involving Iran is permitted by exception (section 560.21 O(c)) or general license (section 560.538) in the Iranian Transactions Regulations.  Read the decision…

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June 29, 2012 - A Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Section 24 Public Workshop, addressing the legislative "Limitation on Incorporation of Documents by Reference" included in the Pipeline Safety Act will be held on Friday, July 13, 2012 at the U.S. Department of Transportation. An agenda is available in the Federal Register: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-21/pdf/2012-15102.pdf

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May 16, 2012 - OMB is extending the deadline to Friday, June 1, 2012 for comments regarding its request for information: Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities - OMB invites interested parties to provide input on current issues regarding Federal agencies' standards and conformity assessment related activities. https://federalregister.gov/a/2012-7602

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March 22, 2012 - Federal Register Announcement on Incorporation By Reference
A request for comments regarding a petition to amend NARA's Office of the Federal Register rules governing the incorporation by reference of materials into the Code of Federal Regulations. The full text of the FR Notice is available online: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-22/pdf/2012-6935.pdf. NARA's OFR is soliciting comments relating to this petition until June 1, 2012.

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March 9, 2012 – Announcing a free NIST public workshop, Conformity Assessment – Approaches and Best Practices, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.  The workshop will gather information with regards to the Guidance on Federal Conformity Assessment Activities (15 C.F.R. Part 287).  Registration deadline: April 3.  Read more

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February 1, 2012 - New Report Outlines Key Features of Next-Generation Public Safety Communications

A federal advisory committee composed of business and academic leaders provided a series of recommendations to guide the development of a next-generation public safety communications network. The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) which reviews and makes policy recommendations to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued this report to "spawn further focused discussion and action." The VCAT advised that such a network include interoperable voice, video and data transmissions available to all first responders, and recommended entrusting one non-governmental, non-profit organization with leading the development of standards supporting the creation of this network.

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February 1, 2012 - Public-Private Standards Efforts to Make America Strong

Recent blog post by Aneesh Chopra and Patrick Gallagher regarding the benefits of federal engagement in the voluntary consensus standards process, and new guidance for federal agencies.