||Executive Committee Report
The Nominating Committee is charged with selecting the slate of
candidates for the new 2001 ASTM directors and officers. The committee
is composed of the three past chairmen of the ASTM Board and six
other individuals. The following people have been named to the
2000 Nominating Committee:
--Terry S. Hawk, Dick Corporation, Aliquippa, Pa.;
--Robert Holcombe, Safety Components Fabric Technology, Greenville,
--Jack E. Lemons, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Ala.;
--Leslie R. Richardson, Forintek Canada Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario,
--Oscar Tavares, LaFarge Corporation, Southfield, Mich.;
--Linda Walker, Wyeth-Ayerst, Pearl River, N.Y.;
--James E. Bihr, James E. Bihr and Associates, Whittier, Calif.,
past chairman of the ASTM Board;
--William M. Edmunds, Owens Corning, Granville, Ohio, past chairman
of the ASTM Board;
--James S. Pierce, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colo.,
past chairman of the ASTM Board.
Committee on Publications Report
The Board approved the COP recommendation that the 1999 Charles
B. Dudley Award be given to ASTM Manual 17, Paint and Coatings Manual, published in 1995 and nominated by Committee D01 on Paint and
Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications. The editor for
this manual is Joseph Koleske.
Technical Committee Business
The language governing the use of proxies has been changed in
the ASTM Regulations by the Committee on Technical Committee Operations
(COTCO) and this change was presented to the Board. The section
of the Regulations now reads (additions are in colored type):
PROXIESAs stipulated in its bylaws, a committee may authorize
its voting members to delegate, in writing, qualified individuals as proxies
in meetings, but no individual shall hold or exercise proxies
for more than one member in any committee. The voting member wishing to assign a proxy shall contact the
individual to hold the proxy and complete a duly executed proxy
form. The original of the signed and duly executed proxy form
shall be submitted to the chairman of the committee or subcommittee
prior to the applicable meeting or action.
See this month's HowTo article for more information on this change.
Approval was granted for the disbandment of the following committees:
--Committee E49 on Computerized Systems and Chemical and Material
Information. Ten of the 28 E49 standards will be transferred to
other committees. The rest will be withdrawn.
--Committee F21 on Filtration. Some of the committees standards
have been taken under the jurisdiction of Committee D22 on Sampling
and Analysis of Atmospheres.
The Board also approved the motion that Committee E19 on Chromatography
be absorbed as a new subcommittee (E13.19) of Committee E13 on Molecular Spectroscopy, with the former chairman of E19 serving
as subcommittee chairman.
The Board approved the formation of new Main Committee F34 on Rolling Element Bearings. A traditional standards development
focus will begin this activity with over 200 military standards
and specifications to become ASTM documents. A strategic standards
development plan is under way to identify standards needs in product-specific
markets. Technical and professional training courses are also
being considered for the areas of quality control, maintenance,
and refurbishing. An international ASTM symposium on Rolling Bearing
Steel is scheduled for the November Committee Week in Dallas,
Texas, in 2001. See the feature article on page 26 for more information
on this new committee.
The Board approved Society recognition of the Committee E06 George Stern Award of Excellence and the Committee E08 Edward T. Wessel Award.
New Opportunities for ASTM
Director Kay Villa proposed ASTMs involvement in certification
services. The Board discussed the proposal, which outlined the
interest of Committee D13 on Textiles in a program to certify laboratory technicians using
D13 test methods and practices, a proposed program structure,
as well as the pros and cons of establishing an ASTM certification
program. Following the discussion, the Board voted unanimously
to form a task group to conduct a feasibility study on establishing
a D13 Technician and Operator Certification Program, with Kay
Villa as chairman of the task group.
ASTM staff reviewed for the Board the proposed ASTM Outsource
Services Program. This will be a standalone business unit under
the umbrella of ASTM. The program would involve outsourcing ASTM
services to interested organizations. The Board voted unanimously
to approve the proposed program.
Report of the ASTM Washington Representative
The board heard the report of ASTM Washington Representative Kitty
Kono. Hearings on Public Law 104-113 were held on March 15 before
the House Science Committees Subcommittee on Technology. Those
who testified were Belinda Collins, NIST; Jim Wells, U.S. General
Accounting Office; Greg Saunders, Department of Defense; and Richard
Black, Department of Energy. The purpose of the hearing was to
evaluate how well NIST is doing in coordinating the Federal Agencies
ability to respond to P.L. 104-113, which was signed into law
four years ago. In addition, the Act also requires the Office
of Management and Budget (OMB) to report to Congress on an annual
basis when a government Agency or Department decides to use a
Conclusions drawn from the hearing were that:
--Federal agencies are shifting from the use of government-unique
to voluntary consensus standards;
--There is a significant decline in participation in standards
committees from about 5,200 participants in 1997 to about 3,200
in 1998. However, it was also reported that government personnel
are being more efficient by representing their agencies on many
--Decreasing federal resources have lowered the priorities for
standards activities within agencies making it difficult for representatives
to get funding for meetings.
It is anticipated that a second hearing will be held sometime
in the coming months with a panel of representatives from the
private sector. ASTM may be asked to testify.
William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award
The Board approved the presentation of the W.T. Cavanaugh Memorial
Award to past ASTM Chairman John A. Millane, Tinius Olsen Testing
Machine Co., Willow Grove, Pa., and James Turner, chief Democratic
counsel for the Committee on Science of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Biographical material on the award winners will appear in an upcoming
issue of SN.
Welcome to the following new members of the Board, whose terms
began this year:
--Jeffery I. Enyart, ISG Resources, Houston, Texas;
--Stephen W. Hopkins, Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, Menlo
--Lisa A. Johnson, Southern Pine Inspection Bureau, Pensacola,
--Helene Hardy Pierce, Commercial Roofing Systems and Technical
Services, Tamko Roofing Products, Inc., Joplin, Mo.;
--Leslie Smith, Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory,
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg,
--N. David Smith, Standards Division for the North Carolina Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Raleigh, N.C.
Biographical material on Board members and information on upcoming
Board meetings is published in the Board of Directors book, available
by contacting Josephine Felizzi (fax: 610/832-9623). //
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