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The Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology , known between 1901 and 1988 as the National Bureau of Standards , is a measurement standards laboratory, otherwise known as a National Metrological Institute , which is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce...

 supports the Election Assistance Commission
Election Assistance Commission
The Election Assistance Commission is an independent agency of the United States government created by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 . The Commission serves as a national clearinghouse and resource of information regarding election administration...

 in the United States by providing recommendations on voluntary standards and guidelines related to voting
Electronic voting
Electronic voting is a term encompassing several different types of voting, embracing both electronic means of casting a vote and electronic means of counting votes....

 equipment and technologies. It is composed of 14 members selected from various standards boards and for their technical and scientific expertise related to voting systems and equipment.

NIST chairs and manages the TGDC, provides technical guidance in areas such as encryption, usability engineering and testing, and performs work to improve testing and conformity assessment programs for voting systems. As part of its development of new voting standards, NIST consults with TGDC subcommittees and holds regular subcommittee teleconferences and periodic TGDC meetings. Teleconference audio archives, TGDC meetings, and TGDC meetings and presentations and related NIST work material are open to the public. The public may also view and submit comments and position statements to the TGDC.

Charter


The Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) assists EAC in developing the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines
Voluntary Voting System Guidelines
The Voluntary Voting System Guidelines are guidelines adopted by the United States Election Assistance Commission for the certification of voting systems...

. The chairperson of the TGDC is the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology , known between 1901 and 1988 as the National Bureau of Standards , is a measurement standards laboratory, otherwise known as a National Metrological Institute , which is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce...

 (NIST). The TGDC is composed of 14 other members appointed jointly by EAC and the director of NIST. TGDC Charter is available by NIST and the [Election Assistance Commission].

History


While the Help America Vote Act
Help America Vote Act
The Help America Vote Act , or HAVA, is a United States federal law which passed in the House 357-48 and 92-2 in the Senate and was signed into law by President Bush on October 29, 2002. Drafted in reaction to the controversy surrounding the 2000 U.S...

 required that the Election Assistance Commission
Election Assistance Commission
The Election Assistance Commission is an independent agency of the United States government created by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 . The Commission serves as a national clearinghouse and resource of information regarding election administration...

 "adopt voluntary guidance and recommdations relating to the implementation of ... voting system standards," by Jan. 1, 2004, delays in appointing commissioners and lack of funding delayed the first meeting of the TGDC until July 9, 2004.

The initial members of the committee, listed with the statutory constituiencies represented, were:
  • Hratch Semerjian, National Institute of Standards and Technology
    National Institute of Standards and Technology
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology , known between 1901 and 1988 as the National Bureau of Standards , is a measurement standards laboratory, otherwise known as a National Metrological Institute , which is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce...

    , chair
  • Donetta Davidson
    Donetta Davidson
    Donetta Davidson is a member of the United States Election Assistance Commission. Davidson was elected Chair of the EAC for 2010. She previously served as Chair in 2007 and Vice-Chair in 2008...

    , EAC Standards Board
  • Alice Miller, EAC Standards Board
  • Sharon Turner Buie EAC Board of Advisors
  • Hellen Purcell EAC Board of Advisors
  • James R. Harding Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
  • James Elekes Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
  • Ann Caidas, American National Standards Institute
    American National Standards Institute
    The American National Standards Institute is a private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States. The organization also coordinates U.S. standards with international...

  • H. Stephen Berger, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is a non-profit professional association headquartered in New York City that is dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence...

  • Brittain Williams, National Association of State Election Directors
    National Association of State Election Directors
    The National Association of State Election Directors is a U.S. association that "was formed in 1989 when a group of state election directors and administrators met in Reno, Nevada...

  • Paul Craft, National Association of State Election Directors
    National Association of State Election Directors
    The National Association of State Election Directors is a U.S. association that "was formed in 1989 when a group of state election directors and administrators met in Reno, Nevada...

  • Ronald Rivest, Scientific and technical expert
  • Daniel Schutzer, Scientific and technical expert
  • Patrick Gannon, Scientific and technical expert
  • Whitney Quesenbery, Scientific and technical expert

Membership, Charter and Meetings


A list of current members is available on the Web site of the Election Assistance Commission
Election Assistance Commission
The Election Assistance Commission is an independent agency of the United States government created by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 . The Commission serves as a national clearinghouse and resource of information regarding election administration...

.

Work Plan


In accordance with the Help America Vote Act
Help America Vote Act
The Help America Vote Act , or HAVA, is a United States federal law which passed in the House 357-48 and 92-2 in the Senate and was signed into law by President Bush on October 29, 2002. Drafted in reaction to the controversy surrounding the 2000 U.S...

 (HAVA) , NIST provides the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) with the technical assistance necessary to develop voluntary voting systems guidelines for consideration by the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). NIST has coordinated with the TGDC to host a number of public meetings, in which NIST technical staff presented results of analysis and recommendations for voluntary voting systems guidelines. This work culminated in the production of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines
Voluntary Voting System Guidelines
The Voluntary Voting System Guidelines are guidelines adopted by the United States Election Assistance Commission for the certification of voting systems...

Version 1 (VVSG Version 1), delivered to the EAC on May 9, 2005. NIST is now consulting with the TGDC to develop the second version of the VVSG. TGDC meetings are open to the public, and the public is invited to send public comments to the TGDC.

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