The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) was signed into law March 7, 1996. The Act made a direct impact on the development of new industrial and technology standards by requiring that all Federal agencies and departments shall:
- Use technical standards developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies if compliance would not be inconsistent with applicable law or otherwise impracticable; and
- Consult with voluntary, private sector, consensus standards bodies and shall, when such participation is in the public interest and is compatible with agency and departmental missions, authorities, priorities, and budget resources, participate in the development of technical standards.
The following worksheets are based on ASTM Standards for Translation and Interpretation.
In 2019, Helen Eby and Milena Calderari-Waldron wrote a review of the differences between the Foreign Language Services Ordering Guide, used by the Federal Government, and established practices in our field and in published papers including ASTM standards.