Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) invites interested parties to provide input on current issues regarding Federal agencies' standards and conformity assessment related activities. Input is being sought to inform OMB's consideration of whether and how to supplement Circular A-119 (Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities). In addition, OMB is announcing a public workshop at the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on May 15, 2012. A complementary NIST workshop, ``Conformity Assessment: Approaches and Best Practices,'' will take place on April 11, 2012 to seek input from individuals on the planned update of Guidance on Federal Conformity Assessment Activities, issued by NIST in 2000. The NIST workshop was announced separately by NIST at http://www.nist.gov/ director/sco/ca-workshop-2012.cfm (see also 77 FR 15719; March 16, 2012).
Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Cost Principles And Administrative Requirements (Including Single Audit Act)
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is extending the comment period for the Advance Notice of Proposed Guidance on Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; cost principles and administrative requirements (including Single Audit Act). The original comment period was scheduled to end on March 29, 2012. With this document, OMB is extending the time period in which to provide public comments until April 30, 2012. This will allow interested parties additional time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments.
Compliance Assistance Resources and Points of Contact Available to Small Businesses
In accordance with the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. 3520), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is publishing a ``list of the compliance assistance resources available to small businesses'' and a list of the points of contacts in agencies ``to act as a liaison between the agency and small business concerns'' with respect to the collection of information and the control of paperwork. This information is posted on the following Web site: http:/ /www.sba.gov/sbpra.