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Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)

Overview: The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) was a proposed agreement to eliminate or reduce the trade barriers among all countries in the Americas, excluding Cuba. The proposed agreement was an extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The last summit was held at Mar del Plata, Argentina, in November 2005, but no agreement on FTAA was reached. Of the 34 countries present at the negotiations, 26 pledged to meet again in 2006 to resume negotiations, but no such meeting took place.

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Current Status: Inactive

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Overview: The USD(AT&L) is the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary Defense for all matters concerning acquisition, technology, and logistics. As legislated by Congress, the primary responsibilities of the USD(AT&L) include: supervising Department of Defense acquisition; establishing policies for acquisition (including procurement of goods and services, research and development, developmental testing, and contract administration) for all elements of the Department of Defense; establishing policies for logistics, maintenance, and sustainment support for all elements of the Department of Defense; and establishing policies of the Department of Defense for maintenance of the defense industrial base of the United States. In addition, the USD(AT&L) has oversight responsibility for: military installations and their environment; operational energy plans and programs; major weapon systems; missile defense programs; space and intelligence programs; and nuclear and chemical and biological defense programs, including Nunn-Lugar programs and the nuclear forces.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


Safety Equipment Institute (SEI)

Overview: The Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) is a private, non-profit organization that administers a non-governmental, third-party certification program, and tests for public safety, and certifies a broad range of safety and protective products used occupationally and recreationally. SEI certification programs are voluntary and available to any manufacturer of safety and protective equipment seeking to have product models certified by SEI. SEI is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) in accordance with ISO Guide 65, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems. The SEI certification programs include annual product testing of all certified safety and protective equipment product models as well as annual quality assurance audits conducted at the manufacturer's facility.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


Independent Association of Accredited Registers (IAAR)

Overview: The overall purpose of the IAAR is to encourage and facilitate consistent management system registration/certification, mainly by promoting the use of accredited registrars/systems certification bodies (CBs). The association also achieves this objective by facilitating communication and professional practices among its members, and by educating companies and other organizations about the accredited registration/systems certification process. All IAAR members are accredited to provide registration/systems certification services in compliance with ISO/IEC 17021 -- the International Organization for Standardization and standard for registration/systems certification organizations.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


ICT Standards Advisory Council of Canada (ISACC)

Overview: The ICT Standards Advisory Council of Canada (ISACC) is a partnership between industry and government formed in 1991 by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Industry Canada (IC) and the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). ISACC recommends strategies for domestic and international Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standards development, implementation and promotion, which will meet the needs of Canadian users, industry and government. ISACC is one of the participating standards organizations in the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC) initiative, which is comprised of the world's leading standards bodies.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


World Trade Organization

Overview: The WTO provides a forum for negotiating agreements aimed at reducing obstacles to international trade and ensuring a level playing field for all, thus contributing to economic growth and development. The WTO also provides a legal and institutional framework for the implementation and monitoring of these agreements, as well as for settling disputes arising from their interpretation and application. The current body of trade agreements comprising the WTO consists of 16 different multilateral agreements (to which all WTO members are parties) and two different plurilateral agreements (to which only some WTO members are parties). The WTO's main activities are: negotiating the reduction or elimination of obstacles to trade (import tariffs, other barriers to trade) and agreeing on rules governing the conduct of international trade (e.g. antidumping, subsidies, product standards, etc.); administering and monitoring the application of the WTO's agreed rules for trade in goods, trade in services, and trade-related intellectual property rights; monitoring and reviewing the trade policies of our members, as well as ensuring transparency of regional and bilateral trade agreements; settling disputes among our members regarding the interpretation and application of the agreements; building capacity of developing country government officials in international trade matters; assisting the process of accession of some 30 countries who are not yet members of the organization; conducting economic research and collecting and disseminating trade data in support of the WTO's other main activities; and explaining to and educating the public about the WTO, its mission and its activities.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


Office of the United States Trade Representative

Overview: The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. Members negotiate directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, to resolve disputes, and to participate in global trade policy organizations; members also meet with governments, with business groups, with legislators and with public interest groups to gather input on trade issues and to discuss the President's trade policy positions.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


U.S. Government Accountability Office

Overview: The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The head of GAO, the Comptroller General of the United States, is appointed to a 15-year term by the President from a slate of candidates Congress proposes. The GAO's mission is to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people. Work is done at the request of congressional committees or subcommittees or is mandated by public laws or committee reports. The GAO also undertakes research under the authority of the Comptroller General, and supports congressional oversight by auditing agency operations to determine whether federal funds are being spent efficiently and effectively; investigating allegations of illegal and improper activities; reporting on how well government programs and policies are meeting their objectives; performing policy analyses and outlining options for congressional consideration; and issuing legal decisions and opinions, such as bid protest rulings and reports on agency rules. The GAO advises Congress and the heads of executive agencies about ways to make government more efficient, effective, ethical, equitable and responsive.

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Last Updated: December 17, 2014


GTW Associates

Overview: GTW Associates is an International standards and trade policy consultancy with expertise in the strategic role of standards in competitiveness of businesses, organizations and countries in the global marketplace. GTW Associates helps businesses; law firms; industry associations; international trade and standards organizations; and governments solve strategic problems. GTW Associates' typical assignments include representing US business interests to national and international organizations; preparing corporate strategic plans; counseling associations on standards policy and procedures; expert witness service on standards procedures and IPR policies and advising governments on national competitive strategies and standards and conformity assessment standards infrastructure.

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Last Updated: December 17, 2014


Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Overview: The EU is represented in the United States by the Washington, DC Delegation of the European Union, which works in close coordination with the Embassies and Consulates of the 28 EU Member States. Promotes EU policies in the United States, which includes presenting and explaining EU actions to the U.S. Administration and Congress, and engaging with political actors, the media, academia, business, and civil society.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board)

Overview: ANAB, the U.S. accreditation body for management systems, accredits ISO/IEC 17021 certification bodies for: ISO 9001 quality management systems, ISO 14001 environmental management systems, ISO 13485 medical device quality management systems, ISO/IEC 20000-1 information technology service management systems, ISO 22000 food safety management systems, ISO/IEC 27001 information security management systems, ISO 28000 supply chain security management systems, ISO 50001 energy management systems, ANSI/AIHA Z10, CSA Z1000, and BS OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management systems, Recycling Industry Operating Standard, e-Stewards Standard, Responsible Recycling, IECQ QC 08000 hazardous substance process management, ASIS SPC.1, ASIS/BSI BCM.01, BS 25999-2, and NFPA 1600 Private Sector Preparedness Voluntary Certification, Sustainable Forestry Initiation, American Tree Frams System, and numerous industry-specific requirements.

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Last Updated: December 17, 2014


ACLASS (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board)

Overview: he ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board accredits testing and calibration labs, inspection and certification bodies, reference material producers, and proficiency test providers. ACLASS provides accreditation for ISO/IEC 17025 for testing and calibration laboratories, ISO/IEC 17020 for inspection bodies, ISO Guide 34 for reference material producers, and ISO/IEC 17043 for proficiency testing providers. ACLASS also provides ISO 17025 training and training on other topics. ACLASS is internationally recognized by ILAC, APLAC, and IAAC as a signatory of multilateral recognition arrangements that facilitate acceptance of test and calibration data internationally.

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Last Updated: December 17, 2014


OpenSocial Foundation

Overview: OpenSocial promotes open technologies that make it easier to create contextual experiences connecting employees, systems and information. Through open source projects such as Apache Rave and Shindig, and Activity Streams Action Handlers, OpenSocial provides a way for 3rd-party applications to interact with users directly in their activity stream.

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Last Updated: December 17, 2014


InLocation Alliance

Overview: The InLocation Alliance was founded to operate according to four key objectives: an ecosystem of industry players to stimulate innovation, enhance service delivery and accelerate market adoption; common technical understanding of key enablers, components, interfaces and standards needed for an e-2-e solution; collection of most promising use cases with technical and business requirements; and execution of pre-commercial pilots and trials to measure the business value of use cases and to verify technical interoperability. Accurate indoor positioning opens up possibilities for new mobile services. For a consumer this could mean receiving directions to the right products and personalized product promotions in nearby shops; using real-time navigation inside a building; finding the precise location of assets and people; and increasing security in emergency situations. For facility owners and local service providers this could enable increased local customer identification; enhanced product placement; and better customer satisfaction by deploying resources when and where needed. Additionally the role of indoor positioning services could play a significant role in the event of emergencies.

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Current Status: Active

Last Updated: December 17, 2014


Open-IX Association

Overview: Open-IX is a self-regulated community formed to develop critical Data Center and IXP technical and operating standards in a framework that works for everyone. Open-IX promotes uniform specifications for data transfer and physical connectivity, creates resiliency to improve reliability, and certifies Internet Exchanges and Data Centers that meet the community developed standards.

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Last Updated: December 17, 2014


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