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October 1st 1997

The Open Group announces Validation Services for Federal Information Processing Standard 151-2 .

The Open Group announces introduction of a validation service for FIPS 151-2 from October 1st 1997.

This is in response to the termination of FIPS 151-2 validation services by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who will cease to run their validation service later this year, the announcement is below.

The Open Group's service is based on the existing NIST procedures and the PCTS test suite. The Open Group will maintain the PCTS as appropriate in connection with The Open Group FIPS 151-2 certification services.

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Background

The Open Group provides a complete set of API conformance test suites, widely respected and regularly used by major IT suppliers, including tests for the whole of ISO/IEC 9945-1:1996 (technically identical to IEEE Std POSIX® 1003.1-1996) and ISO/IEC 9945-2:1993 (technically identical to IEEE Std POSIX® 1003.2-1992).

In addition to the NIST PCTS test suite for FIPS 151-2, The Open Group has following test suites:

More information on The Open Group's test suites can be obtained from URL http://www.opengroup.org/testing.

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE NOTICE

National Institute of Standards and Technology [Docket No. 970326070-7204-02]

Notice of Delayed Termination of Validation Services for Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; Delayed termination of validation services.

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SUMMARY: The NIST Information Technology Laboratory (NIST) is terminating validation services for FIPS 21-4, COBOL; FIPS 69-1 FORTRAN; FIPS 128-2, Computer Graphics Metafile, Air Transport Association Profile (CGM (ATA)); FIPS 160, C, and FIPS 151-2, POSIX. NIST announced by Department Organization Order 30-2B the formation of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). Under the new ITL organization, NIST is refocusing its program for information technology, concentrating on the development of conformance tests for emerging information technologies rather than the operation of software testing services. NIST will assist private industry and government agencies in establishing testing programs for these standards by providing NIST conformance testing materials to interested parties.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Validation services for FIPS 151-2. POSIX, will terminate on December 31, 1997. Validation services for FIPS 21-4, COBOL; FIPS 69-1, FORTRAN; FIPS 128-2, CGM (ATA); and FIPS 160, C, will terminate on or before September 30, 1998. These validation services will terminate before September 30, 1998, if other private industry and/or government agency testing programs have been established.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR COMMENTS CONTACT: Ms. Lynne Rosenthal, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, telephone (301) 975-3283, email 1sr@nist.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NIST announced on April 8, 1997, (62 FR 16788-89) that it was considering the termination of the validation services for FIPS 21-4, COBOL; FIPS 69-1, FORTRAN; FIPS 128-2 CGM (ATA); FIPS 151-2, POSIX; and FIPS 160, C. In response to comments on the April 8, 1997, announcement, NIST is delaying termination of these services to give private industry and/or government agencies more time to establish their own validation services. If private industry and/or government agency testing programs are established before September 30, 1998, NIST may announce an earlier date for terminating services. A Director of Conformance Testing Programs, Products, and Services is available on the World Wide Web (WWW) at the Universal Resource Locator (URL) http://www.nist.gov/ctdirectory.html. NIST test suites and testing procedures are distributed freely and are accessible from the Directory. Additional conformance testing information is available on the URL http://www.itl.nist.gov/div897/ctg.

Authority: Federal Information Processing Standards Publications (FIPS PUBS) are issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology pursuant to Section 5131 of the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996 and the Computer Security Act of 1987, Pub. L. 104-106.


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