Weights and Measures Service

To provide leadership and technical resources to assure the accuracy of the quantities and quantity representations in all commercial transactions in the United States, to promote a uniform national weights and measures system, to promote harmonization of national and international legal metrology standards,
and to facilitate the transition to the metric system.
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 4925000. Fiscal Year 2017: 4943400. Fiscal Year 2018: 4943400.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program provides education, technical advice, and assistance to States, State and industry metrologists, manufacturers of weights and measures devices, and other device users; manages U. S. representation and participation in the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) and in regional legal metrology organizations to harmonize legal metrology standards; provides leadership and assistance on metric use and conversion to businesses, state and local governments, standards organizations, trade associations, and the education community; coordinates the metric transition activities of all Federal agencies; develops model laws and regulations; upgrades State laboratories; conducts technical studies; and provides technical support to the National Conference on Weights and Measures.

It includes publications, related activities, special studies, technical advice, technology transfer through audit of State laboratories, technical training, and development of training material.

There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, political subdivisions of States, private industry, and the general public.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, political subdivisions of States, private industry, and the general public.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Letter requesting services should be sent to Chief, Office of Weights and Measures, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2600, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2600.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.


Not Applicable.


National Bureau of Standards Organic Act, Public Law 56-177, as amended, 15 U.S.C. 271 et seq.; 15 U.S.C. 201 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

N/A. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: N/A.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.



Financial Information

Account Identification

13-4650-0-4-376; 13-0500-0-1-376.


(Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods) FY 16 $4,925,000; FY 17 est $4,943,400; and FY 18 est $4,943,400

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Model laws, regulations, codes, and test procedures relating to weights and measures enforcement, packaging and labeling, method of sale of commodities, unit pricing, open dating, field inspections, and registration of service persons, and service agencies, engine fuel quality, and weighmasters. Manuals for coordinating the system of State laboratories, testing specific measuring devices, and training State officials. Design and performance codes for scales, liquid and vapor meters, distance and time measuring devices, and other measuring equipment. Most publications available on the NIST website at: http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/pubs/index.cfm.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Kim Carpentier 100 Bureau Drive , Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 Email: kimball.carpentier@nist.gov Phone: 3019752684

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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