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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: February 25, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Withdrawal of Thirty-Three Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Publications

SOURCE: Federal Register, February 25, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 38, page 10049

AGENCIES: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Commerce

ACTION: Notice

SYNOPSIS: NIST is announcing that the Secretary of Commerce has approved the withdrawal of 33 FIPS publications. These FIPS are being withdrawn because they are obsolete, or have not been updated to adopt current voluntary industry standards.

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 25, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Shirley M. Radack, 301-975-2833, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On November 13, 1998, NIST published a proposal to withdraw 31 FIPS because the technical specifications that they adopt are obsolete and no longer supported by industry. No comments from industry, government, or the public were received concerning this proposed withdrawal, so all 31 are withdrawn.

In addition, FIPS 103, Codes for the Identification of Hydrologic Units in the United States and the Caribbean Outlying Areas, and FIPS 160, C, are being withdrawn. NIST had proposed on September 3, 1996, that these FIPS be withdrawn. However, FIPS 103 was retained until the U.S. Geological Survey developed revised codes for hydrologic units. These revised codes are now available, so FIPS 103 is no longer needed. Also, FIPS 160 was retained until the NIST validation program for the FIPS ended. Since the program has ended, FIPS 160 is no longer needed.

The following are the 33 FIPS being withdrawn:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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