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National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act : FDA Annual Report to OMB

Congress passed the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (PL104-113), codifying an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directive (OMB Circular A-119, Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities) that had previously been issued several times, dating back to the late 1970s. The NTTAA and OMB A119 establish federal government policies to improve the internal management of the Executive Branch by directing agencies to use voluntary consensus standards in lieu of government-unique standards except where inconsistent with law or otherwise impractical.

As part of the NTTAA, FDA is responsible for the preparation of an annual report to OMB on the use of standards each year. The following displays FDA’s annual report to OMB on the use of standards to date.