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Constance A. Morella Named Recipient of 2006 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award

The US World Standards Day Planning Committee has named Constance A. Morella, US Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, as the recipient of the 2006 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award. The theme of the 2006 World Standards Day celebration, “Standards Build Partnerships,” pays tribute to the people and collaborative partnerships that have led to significant advancements in standardization.

Ms. Morella is being recognized for her role in advancing the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) - a landmark legislation that represents a key partnership between the public and private sectors. During her tenure as a member of the US House of Representatives and a senior member of its Committee on Science, Ms. Morella was instrumental in securing approval of the NTTAA by Congress and the President in 1996. The legislation, which called for federal agencies to adopt voluntary consensus standards as alternatives to federally-developed specifications, has had far-reaching benefits to the standards community and has saved millions of dollars in federal expense.

“Ms. Morella is richly deserving of this honor for her long-standing support of US and global voluntary consensus standardization activities,” said S. Joe Bhatia, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American National Standards Institute.

The Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award, named after the late US Secretary of Commerce, recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting the role of standardization in eliminating global barriers to trade.

Held annually during World Standards Week, the goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping to meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide. The 2006 World Standards Day exhibition, reception, and dinner will be held October 11 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

View information about this year’s US celebration of World Standards Day.