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The FHWA's Freight Office will formulate and execute a program of work for the Intermodal standards effort to support EFM by developing white papers on specific technical issues related to the formulation of standards and their acceptance within the Intermodal community. Materials will be prepared for the national consensus forums (e.g. TRB, ITSA), including, where appropriate, drafting standards material for consideration by the relevant SDOs.

Additionally, the Freight Office will work closely with, and help to coordinate the efforts of, task groups that will be established to investigate key Intermodal standards issues. Provide support in defining the makeup of these groups and the roles of group members. Provide technical staff to serve as participating members of the task groups, including the liaison activities with appropriate public and private organizations to facilitate issue resolution. Provide technical review of selected Standards Development Organizations (SDO's) products and deliverables. Provide liaison support to other ongoing and planned Information Technology (IT) standards-related efforts and with other groups, such as the electronic commerce community who are involved in the standards setting process. Also liaise with other groups associated with intermodal freight initiatives with a standards component, e.g. the European Commission's Safe and Secure Intermodal Transport (SIT) Project.

The Freight Office will also conduct crosscutting studies, as required, in order to investigate common issues across the proposed standardization approaches. For example, they may investigate and assess the relationships between ongoing Intermodal standards development activities and standardization activities associated with eCommerce. Also, provide support in determining how to achieve integrated application of Intermodal standards and safe and secure interoperability among Intermodal systems.

Participate in and provide technical contributions to national and international ITS standards activities when DOT involvement can substantially promote standards development. Promote US positions on international standards through ballot comment on selected ISO Technical Committee and Working Group draft standards and, where appropriate, provide US experts to ISO working groups (e.g., TC204/WG7). Conduct analyses of the Intermodal industry to determine where standards are being used, which standards are being deployed first, and how standards will be incorporated into products over time.