About the SOS

The SOS is a forum for senior officials of federal agencies to consider and address critical standards-related issues, including:

  • Supporting U.S. standards policy as defined in the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) and Office of Management and Budget Circular A-119 by working with federal agencies and established interagency groups along with the U.S. private sector to articulate the strengths of the U.S. approach to standards setting.
  • Enabling responsive and timely coordination among federal agencies for more effective federal agency engagement relating to the development and use of standards.
  • Improving awareness of best practices and lessons learned among U.S. government leadership, particularly to help address standards related questions in areas of national priority.
  • Improving awareness and understanding across federal agencies about how standards facilitate meeting procurement needs and regulatory policy and guidance goals, while enabling technology development and innovation.


To engage government agencies on standards policy issues, articulate the U.S. model of public-private cooperation in standards setting to domestic and international audiences, and increase awareness within the Federal Government of best practices in addressing standards policy issues.

New Charter - 2012

Previous Charter - 2010

Participating Organizations

Federal Agencies

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • International Trade Administration
  • Office of the Secretary
  • Patent and Trademark Office
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (Co-Chair)

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of the Interior

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of State

Department of Transportation

Department of the Treasury

Department of Veterans Affairs

Environmental Protection Agency

General Services Administration

Government Printing Office

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Science Foundation

Organizations in the Executive Office of the President

National Economic Council

National Security Council

Office of Management and Budget

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Office of Science and Technology Policy

United States Trade Representative

Independent Federal Agencies (Advisory Capacity)

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Federal Trade Commission

International Trade Commission

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

US Access Board

US Postal Service

Created November 13, 2012, Updated December 13, 2012