ERIC Number: ED069935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Federal Government: Civilian Agencies. U.S. Metric Study Interim Report.
National Bureau of Standards (DOC), Washington, DC.
This second interim report on the feasibility of a United States changeover to a metric system stems from the U.S. Metric Study, which was authorized by Public Law 90-472, and was prepared by the National Bureau of Standards to provide a better basis for Congressional evaluation of this issue. Participating in this national survey were 55 federal agencies, of which over half of their individual responding subunits were already using the International System of Units called the SI measurement units or SI-based engineering standards. In spite of the substantial costs involved during a conversion period, 48 of the 50 affected expect long-term advantages to outweigh disadvantages for them, and 39 agencies support a coordinated national effort to increase use of the metric system in the United States, with only one agency in opposition to the idea. The areas of federal responsibility already seriously affected by the current national level of metric system use are: (1) automobile safety, caused by the influx of metric-dimensioned foreign vehicles and components, and (2) the shipbuilding functions of the U.S. Coast Guard. Increased problems in the "area of national responsibility" are expected by over a third of the 57 responding agencies if a "laissez faire" government policy continues. Extensive resource materials are appended, including a glossary, responses to survey questionnaires, and legal problems attendant on national conversion to SI units. (AG)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Community Organizations, Federal Government, Government Publications, Government Role, Majority Attitudes, Metric System, National Surveys, Problem Solving, Public Agencies, Resource Materials, Social Change, Social Problems
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Catalog No. C13.10:345-2, $2.25)
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Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Standards (DOC), Washington, DC.