Twenty-Fifth Annual Report on Federal Agency Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and Conformity Assessment
Annually since 1997, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) provides a report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) summarizing federal agency use of government unique standards (GUS) used in lieu of voluntary consensus standards (VCS) during the previous fiscal year (FY) as required by Section 12(d)(3) of Public Law 104-113, the "National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995" (NTTAA). By implementing the NTTAA and OMB Circular A-119 "Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities" (Circular A-119), agencies minimize their reliance on GUS by using VCS whenever possible and help to achieve the following goals: • reduce costs and regulatory burdens, • provide incentives and opportunities that encourage growth of U.S. enterprises, • realize benefits from public-private collaboration in standards setting.
Twenty-Fifth Annual Report on Federal Agency Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and Conformity Assessment, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.IR.8438, https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=935572
(Accessed November 29, 2023)