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Federal Metric Publications

Recommended Agency Procedures for Implementing Federal Metric Policy
NISTIR 4855 PDF
Edition: 1992

This standard lists preferred metric units recommended for use through out the Federal Government. It gives guidance on the selection of metric units required to comply with the provisions of the Metric Conversion Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-418), and Executive Order (EO) 12770 of July 26, 1991. The guidance in this standard applies to, but is not limited to, the drafting of laws, regulations, contracts, and purchase orders; and the preparation of reports, statistical tables, and databases.

Interpretation of the SI for the United States and Metric Conversion Policy for Federal Agencies
NIST SP 814 PDF
Edition: 1998

This document contains the following items:

  • Relationships of the SI Derived Units with Special Names and Symbols and the SI Base Units
  • Federal Register Notice for "Metric System of Measurement: Interpretation of the International System of Units for the United States, July 28, 1998.
  • Metric Conversion Law of 1975 with amendments for 1988, 1995, and 1996
  • Executive Order 12770 of July 25, 1991: Metric Usage in Federal Government Programs
  • Federal Register Notice for "Metric Conversion Policy for Federal Agencies; Rule.

Preferred Metric Units for General Use by the Federal Government
FedStd 376B PDF
Edition: 1993

This historic standard lists referred metric units recommended for use by the Federal Government. It gives guidance on the selection of metric units required to comply with the provisions of the Metric Conversion Law of 1975 (P.L. 94-169), as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-418), and Executive Order (EO) 12770 of July 25, 1991. The guidance in this standard applies to, but is not limited to, the drafting of laws, regulations, contracts, and purchase orders; and the preparation of reports, statistical tables, and databases. NIST SP 1038, a technical guide based on Fed-Std-376B, is an updated and recommended technical guide.

Guide for Identification and Development of Metric Standards
Department of Defense SD-10
Edition: 2010

Metric Guide for Federal Construction
Edition: 1991

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Created January 12, 2010, Updated November 15, 2019