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Experts to Review Life-Saving Homeland Security Standards

For Immediate Release: September 27, 2007

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Contact: John Blair
301-975-4261

The terrorist threat to the global transportation system, private-sector implementation of the preparedness provisions of the 9/11 Commission recommendations and a review of standards-based security programs in the United States will be among the topics considered at two upcoming workshops at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The sixth plenary session of the American National Standards Institute Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) will be held on October 3-4, and a World Standards Cooperation (WSC) Workshop on Transit Security on October 4-5, both at the NIST facility in Gaithersburg, Md.

The meetings, open to registrants of either assembly, offer attendees the opportunity to examine current issues and challenges, discuss recent successes and forge connections for future connections for future collaborations on matters critical to global and national security.

The first day of the ANSI plenary will feature panel sessions highlighting the development of interoperability standards for homeland security, potential chemical, biological, explosive and communication threats, standards for preparedness, risk, response and recovery, as well as international and national security standard initiatives. The second day will unite plenary participants with WSC workshop attendees to discuss issues related to transit security, such as the strategic role for international standards and conformity assessment programs in the area of urban, suburban and regional commuter transportation by bus, rail and the land side of urban ferry operations.

For further details, contact Matt Deane, Director, Homeland Security Standards, ANSI, (mdeane@ansi.org, 212-642-4992).

For a full listing of speakers and register for the ANSI HSSP, see www.ansi.org/standards_activities/standards_boards_panels/hssp/overview.aspx?menuid=3. For information on the WSC event, see www.ansi.org/meetings_events/events/wsc_07.aspx?menuid=8.