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the depth of expertise in standardization issues available to NIST. An oversight mandate for NIST would lead to improved federal use of voluntary standards and enhancement of the government's regulatory and procurement activities at reduced cost.

A NIST mandate would also create a central locus for coordinating communications on standards issues between the federal government and the private standards community. Despite many discussions over past decades, there has never been a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ANSI and the U.S. government.104 An MOU would lay out the respective roles and responsibilities of government and the private sector in the U.S. standards system. It would not make ANSI the officially designated developer of standards for the U.S. government; final authority for protecting public interests must, by law, remain with federal agencies. An MOU would, however, facilitate understanding throughout the government of the potential uses of voluntary standardization in meeting public objectives. It would recognize the system of voluntary consensus standardization, conducted by SDOs with coordination and accreditation by ANSI, as a valuable source of standards for public use.

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