Thursday, February 2, 2012

Public-Private Standards Efforts to Make America Strong

Aneesh Chopra and Patrick Gallagher, January 31, 2012. "Public-Private Standards Efforts to Make America Strong," The White House Blog.

From the blog: "Standards—agreed upon parameters such as the size and shape of electrical outlets, the number of threads per inch on machine bolts, or the tolerances allowed for various medical tests—are critical to American competitiveness, technological innovation, and global trade because they facilitate manufacturing, speed delivery, and enable the widespread use of countless products and services in the market today.  Standards also play a key role in public safety, as a new report described below makes clear…That’s why the Administration recently highlighted its commitment to the United States’ industry-led, voluntary and consensus-driven standards system with the release of a White House Memorandum that lays out principles for Federal engagement in standards activities that address national priorities."  Read more

See Also
Principles for Federal Engagement in Standards Activities to Address National Priorities, memorandum for the heads of the executive departments and agencies from Aneesh Chopra, Miriam Sapiro, and Cass R. Sunstein (Washington, DC, January 17, 2012).