Mary C. McKiel, Ph.D., is president of The McKiel Group and a former standards executive with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C.
The McKiel Group is dedicated to helping private sector organizations be more effective and productive in working with governmental bodies in the areas of standardization and conformity assessment.
From 1993 through 2013, McKiel directed EPA’s implementation of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act and OMB Circular A-119, Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities. She established standards-related policies for the agency and actively promoted EPA offices in using voluntary standards and participating in standards developing organizations such as ASTM International. She was instrumental in assisting EPA offices in using ASTM and other voluntary consensus standards both in rule-making actions as well as in voluntary programs. McKiel also represented the agency in various domestic and international standards arenas in both the public and private sectors including the Pacifica Area Standards Congress and the United Nations Work Group on Regulatory Practices in Standards. McKiel participated in and contributed to government-wide standards and conformity assessment policies along with other federal regulatory, science and technical, consumer and trade agencies. While at EPA she was honored with bronze, silver and gold medals for her standards work.
Prior to working at EPA, McKiel was director of quality standards at what was then the Federal Supply Service of the General Services Administration, and for her first five years of public service was an analytical chemist with the National Archives and Records Services, where she conducted and published original research leading to the production and preservation of archival quality documents. While at the National Archives, McKiel was a member of ASTM Committee D06 on Paper and Paper Products.
McKiel has worked on various ASTM committees for more than 20 years and currently serves on Committees E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action and E60 on Sustainability. She served as vice chairman of the ASTM International board of directors from 2011 to 2012 and was chairman of the board in 2013.
In addition, McKiel is a former vice chairman of the board of the American National Standards Institute, a position she held for eight years. She currently chairs the ANSI ISO Council as well as the Government Member Forum and is an ex-officio member of the ANSI board of directors. She served as vice chair to the U.S. Technical Advisory Group during the development of the ISO 14000 series of standards on environmental management. In 2008, she was awarded the ANSI George S. Wham Leadership Medal for her contributions to standardization, and she received the Leo B. Moore medal from the Standards Engineering Society for achievement, service and contributions in the field of standardization in 2010. For more than 10 years McKiel has been a member of both the Management Systems Advisory Council and the Environment and Public Health Council of Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
McKiel has written about the federal use of nongovernment standards for a wide variety of governmental and private sector publications worldwide and has delivered presentations in person and via television to both national and international audiences.