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THE NATIONAL STANDARD REFERENCE DATA SYS-
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International Data Actirities

57 Data Project Activity --

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Nuclear Data. Atomic and Molecular Data. Solid State
Data. Thermodynamics and Transport Data. Chemical

Kinetics Data. Colloid and Surface Data.
Information Systems Design and Research

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Information Services

64 INSTITUTE FOR MATERIALS RESEARCH.

67 Preparation and Characterization of Materials..

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Preparation

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Synthesis. Crystal Growth.
Characterization

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Composition. Structure.
Standard Reference Materials

76 Data on the Properties of Materials. .

78 Mechanical Properties and Strength of Materials. Reactivity and Corrosion. Thermodynamics and Kinetic Data.

Electric, Magnetic, and Optical Properties. Technical Assistance to Others.--.

86 Advisory and Consulting Services. Conferences and Sym

posia. NBS Reactor. INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

91 Technological Measurements and Standards

91 Building Technology -

92 Automatic Data Processing.

95 Electronics Technology

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Systems Analysis -

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Motor Vehicle Safety -
Engineering Materials
Industrial and Consumer Products

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Textile and Apparel Center.

106 Transfer of Technology..

106 Invention and Innovation.

The Clearinghouse.
APPENDIXES

Organization of the National Bureau of Standards.
Summary of NBS Staff

115 Financial Data

115 Advisory Committees

116 Statutory Visiting Committee

Technical Advisory Panels Awards and Honors...

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Education, Training, and University Liaison
Publications

Publications in the Bureau's Series
Publications in Outside Journals

133 Patents.

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ENGIN. LIB.

INTRODUCTION

MOVE TO GAITHERSBURG SITE Most of the Washington, D.C., staff of the National Bureau of Standards completed their move to new facilities in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This new laboratory complex, the culmination of more than a decade of planning, constructing, and transporting, provides NBS staff the opportunity to meet the challenge of the Nation's modern burgeoning industry and science.

The ultra-modern installation contains many new tools as well as an environment vastly improved over the old one. Several of the major new tools such as the linear electron accelerator and a millionpound deadweight testing machine are in use, and a major nuclear reactor is due for operation during the coming year. Both the special and general purpose laboratories incorporate modern equipment and are designed to permit staff flexibility in meeting the national demands for new and improved calibration services, standard reference materials, measurement standards, measurement methodology, evaluated data on the properties of materials, systems studies and advisory and consulting services to the other governmental agencies, industry, commerce and education, particularly in science and engineering. The move into the new laboratories was commemorated with a dedication of international scope.

DEDICATION OF NEW FACILITIES

Secretary of Commerce John T. Connor presided at the formal dedication of the new NBS facilities on November 15, 1966. In an address to about 3,000 distinguished guests from science, industry and Government from this country and abroad, Secretary Connor referred to the new facilities as “... a blue chip investment-a national investment in progress, an investment made by all the people (which) will pay untold dividends to American science, industry, and commerce ...". A highlight of the dedication was a message from the President of the United States in which Mr. Johnson observed that, “This eminent institution now has the resources for even greater service to America and the world. Throughout its 65 years, the National Bureau of Standards has advanced the frontiers of measurement in pace with the increasing demands of science and industry.”

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ENGIN. LIB.

NBS Publishes History

In keeping with the spirit of the Dedication, NBS released Measures for Progress, a history of the first 50 years of NBS. The book recounts and documents the critical role played by the Bureau and in particular the major contributions of individual scientists of the staff in the explosive growth of America's science and industry over the first half of the twentieth century.

LEGISLATION AFFECTING NBS

Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966

NBS has been assigned important responsibility in the Department of Commerce's activities under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act passed by the Congress in 1966. NBS is responsible for identifying undue proliferation in the weights, measures, or quantities in which any consumer commodity is being distributed for retail sale. The Bureau must also determine whether this proliferation impairs the consumers' ability to make value comparisons.

When NBS determines that proliferation does exist, it will invite the manufacturers, packagers, and distributors of the commodity to participate in the development of a voluntary industry packaging standard.

If, one year after this request is made, it becomes apparent that no standard is going to be published, or if a published standard is not being observed, the Secretary of Commerce must report the situation to the Congress. He must state what efforts have been made to arrive at a voluntary standard and then recommend whether the Congress should enact legislation providing regulatory authority to deal with the situation.

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Pending Legislation

At the end of the fiscal year, there were five bills under consideration by the Congress which, if passed, would affect the National Bureau of Standards:

• The Fire Research and Safety Act of 1967
• Amendments to the Flammable Fabrics Act
• Standard Reference Data
• International Standards

• Metric System Study
The proposed Fire Research and Safety Act of 1967 would amend
the Organic Act of the National Bureau of Standards to authorize
a comprehensive fire research and safety program. In the program,
NBS would gather comprehensive fire data, conduct intensive labora-
tory and field research on the nature of fire, educate and train fire pro-

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