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Title: "The Role of Consortia Standards in Federal Government Procurements in the Information Technology Sector: Towards a Re-definition of a Voluntary Consensus Standards Organization"
Author: Carl Cargill Director of Standardization, Sun Microsystems
Publication Date: 2000
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Abstract: Standardization is an essential and growing element in the success of the Information Technology industry. The success of the Internet, the World Wide Web, e-Commerce, and the wireless revolution are al predicated upon successful standardization. A majority of the standards that drive these evolving areas of technology are created in consortia. This paper provides definitions of both &quot;Information Process and &quot;consortia&quot; to limit the scope of this change to a precise set of problems. The paper also describes the manner in which the laws that govern procurement for Federal agencies with the Information Technology sector are written and interpreted in a fashion such that consortia specifications are excluded from consideration. The paper also proposes an amendment to the &quot;National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995, to redefine &quot;Voluntary consensus standards bodies&quot; within the IT sector in order to allow agencies to select from a more complete and realistic set of offerings than can be offered under the current law.
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