Bridging the Sectors
The vibrancy and effectiveness of the U.S. standards system depend on continued private-sector leadership and engagement. Most standards developed and used in U.S. markets are created with little or no government involvement. One of ANSI’s key roles is to bridge the gap between the standards community and the government agencies that issue regulations or establish voluntary programs affecting them. The U.S. Standards Strategy provides a high-level framework for ANSI activities.
Over 70 government agencies or departments, at both the federal and state level, are members of the ANSI federation. Their representatives serve at all levels of the U.S. voluntary standards system, including ANSI policy advisory groups, national and international standards development committees—frequently in leadership positions—and as members of ANSI delegations to international meetings.
Since the passage of the NTTAA and the issuance of OMB Circular A-119, ANSI has worked to facilitate the growing trend of government agencies using voluntary consensus standards created by the private sector as an alternative to agency-developed standards. This trend continues to accelerate, as the law makes clear that this is not just a good idea, but also a requirement where use of such standards is consistent with agency policy, and appropriate for agency purposes.