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RE: Govt Policy on Stds & IEEE 802 BALLOT: $4K Funding for FCC to attend

The actual sentence on participation is: "Agencies must consult with
voluntary consensus standards bodies, both domestic and international, and
must participate with such bodies in the development of voluntary consensus
standards when consultation and participation is in the public interest and
is compatible with their missions, authorities, priorities, and budget
That "must" leaves a lot of wiggle room including when participation is
"compatible with their ... budget resources." It comes down to agencies must
participate if they find it convenient.
I think a critical point in this debate is the one Roger Marks raised. We
have striven for years to be accepted as a source of international
standards. It isn't right for us to extend support for FCC attendence unless
we are willing to do the same for the regulatory bodies of Canada, EU,
Japan, etc.
-----Original Message-----
From: Geoff Thompson []
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2001 9:22 AM
To: IEEE802
Subject: Re: Govt Policy on Stds & IEEE 802 BALLOT: $4K Funding for FCC to


Please read carefully the OMB Circular that Jim has distributed before you
vote on the motion regarding the $4K allocation to pay for FCC attendance.

My read of it brings forth (in my opinion) the following points:
        1) It does not apply to ITU, therefore we should not necessarily
follow FCC precedent for dealing with T1 which is the US TAG for ITU (a
treaty based standards organization).
        2) It applies to both using standards based products AND to setting
regulations which align to standards.
        3) Agencies MUST participate in relevant standards activities.
        4) The cost of participation is a normal budget item for the agency

Just my opinion, but I believe that the circular indicates that it is
unnecessary and inappropriate for us to pay.


At 06:35 AM 2/14/01 -0600, Jim Carlo wrote:

Reply-To: jcarlo <>
From: Jim Carlo <>
To: IEEE802 <>
Subject: Govt Policy on Stds
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 06:35:49 -0600

Note article below. This contains a good definition of a "voluntary
consensus standard" and "industry standards" in Chapter 4.

Jim Carlo( Cellular:1-214-693-1776 Voice&Fax:1-214-853-5274
TI Fellow, Networking Standards at Texas Instruments
Vice Chair, IEEE-SA Standards Board
Chair, IEEE802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee
on reporting, see section 9.

<file://c:\eudora\attach\OMB%20Circular%20No_%20A-119%20Revised.htm>  OMB
Circular No_ A-119 Revised.htm