July 29, 2008 By News Report
National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) has accredited electronic voting systems from CIBER in voting system independent verification and validation testing. The award of this accreditation signifies that CIBER has met the requirements necessary to be invited to participate in the certification program as directed by the Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) for certifying and testing voting systems.
In July 2006 the Federal Elections Commission introduced EAC and the Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines (VVSG) for voting system certification. NIST, a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, was appointed by EAC to create and conduct the NVLAP accreditation program. The purpose of this new program structure was to ensure a higher level of consistent compliance for laboratories and manufacturers in the development and testing for certifying voting systems. CIBER is now one of five laboratories accredited under this program since July 2006.
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