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.
The summary and observations are intended to facilitate both internal (government) and external (public) discussion and interactions on issues related to federal government engagement in standardization activities in national priority areas-seeking input about federal agency participation in standards process.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
International Trade Administration
Office of the Secretary
Patent and Trademark Office
National Institute of Standards and Technology (Co-Chair)