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Monday, January 23, 2012

On Principles for Federal Engagement in Standards Activities to Address National Priorities

The following showed up in my inbox this morning.




In general, I think this is great policy advice, especially the section on Agency Responsibilities starting at the bottom of page 3.

What I'd liked to emphasize is this statement found on the middle of page 2:
To accomplish these objectives, the Federal Government, as directed by Congress, is taking a convening role to accelerate standards development, by working closely with domestic and international private sector standards organizations.
I work closely with SDOs, and I know what it means to do so.  I cannot give the Federal Government high marks here, although I have to admit that they've gotten better over the last year.  If they mean to sustain the good work going on in the S&I Framework activities, they'll have to do better.   The S&I  contracts will end, and that means someone will have to maintain the outputs.

I hope we won't have another situation like the one where HITSP wound up orphaning documents that were the result of more than 100,000 hours of community expertise.  We really do need to figure out how to get to level 5 in this country.