Federal Register: March 26, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 58)
DOCID: fr26mr10-34 FR Doc 2010-6746
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Docket ID: [Docket No.: 100114021-0023-01]
ACTION: Availability of Funds:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Voting Equipment Evaluations Phase III
DATES: Manufacturers who wish to participate in the program must submit a request and an executed Letter of Understanding by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 25, 2010.
NIST is soliciting interest in Phase III of the benchmark research for voting equipment used in an election in 2008 or later and/ or certified (or submitted for certification) by the Election Assistance Commission. Manufacturers interested in participating in Phase III of this research will be asked to execute a Letter of Understanding. Interested parties are invited to contact NIST for information regarding participation, Letters of Understanding and shipping.
Voting Equipment Evaluations Phase III
In accordance with the provisions of the Help America Vote Act (Pub. L. 107252), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will be conducting Phase III research on voting equipment used in an election in 2008 or later and/or certified (or submitted for certification) by the Election Assistance Commission. NIST Phase I, NIST Phase II, and NIST Phase III research support Technical Guidelines Development Committee Resolution 0505, Human PerformanceBased Standards and Usability Testing. NIST Phase III research is designed to: (1) Develop advanced test protocols, primarily for usability and accessibility, (2) validate test protocols, and (3) support additional research and test protocol development for next generation voluntary voting system guidelines. NIST may also examine relevant instructions, documentation and error messages, without doing any direct usability studies thereon.
NIST Phase I provided research for determining initial benchmarks
080907.doc). NIST Phase II provided research to develop usability test
protocols. NIST Phase III continues the research to develop and
validate advanced test protocols. Interested manufacturers should
contact NIST at the address given above. NIST will supply a Letter of
Understanding, which the manufacturer must execute and send back to
NIST. NIST will then provide the manufacturer with shipping
instructions for the manufacturer's equipment. The equipment provided
will be returned to the manufacturer after the NIST experiments,
approximately two years from commencement of the experiments.
Manufacturers should be aware that some of the testing could damage or
destroy the equipment, although NIST expects only normal wear and tear.
At the conclusion of the experiments, the equipment will be returned to
the manufacturer in its posttesting condition. NIST, the Election
Assistance Commission, and/or the Technical Guidelines Development
Committee, will not be responsible for the condition of the equipment
when returned to the manufacturer. As a condition for participating in
this program, each manufacturer must agree in advance to hold harmless
all of these parties for the condition of the equipment. Information
acquired during the tests regarding potential usability problems will
be reported to the respective manufacturer. Results for identifiable
vendor equipment will not be released. Comparative information may be
released in a blind manner. Performance standards, benchmarks and
conformance test procedures will be made publicly available. NIST may
transport equipment to locations off site from NIST's main campus as
required for the purpose of conducting usability tests. NIST will
ensure that all off site benchmark testing locations have the same or
higher level of security and equipment protection procedures as the on
site NIST labs located at the NIST address provided above.
Participating manufacturers should include or provide a technical
tutorial on the setup and deployment of the equipment. NIST will pay
all shipping costs, and there is no cost to the manufacturer for the
testing. No modification to the equipment is permitted during the
testing process. Voting equipment in an election in 2008 or later and/
or certified (or submitted for certification) by the Election
Assistance Commission that will be accepted for the experiments may
include direct record electronic systems, optical scan systems,
accessible voting systems, tabulation and reporting systems, balloton
demand, or electronic poll book systems as well as software used for ballot design and creation.
Dated: March 23, 2010.
Marc G. Stanley,
Acting Deputy Director.
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