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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Institute of Standards and Technology (Nist), Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
H - Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods; J - Provision of Specialized Services; K - Advisory Services and Counseling; L - Dissemination of Technical Information; M - Training
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
15 U.S.C. 271 et seq., National Institute of Standards and Technology Act, as amended
42 U.S.C. Ch. 163 Subch. II
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 Procedure
Not Applicable.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Patrick Hovis
100 Bureau Drive

Gaithersburg, MD 20899 US
Phone: 3019754290
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods) FY 22$4,977,064.00; FY 23 est $5,493,400.00; FY 24 est $5,493,400.00; FY 21$5,063,400.00; FY 20$4,979,376.00; FY 19$5,026,557.00; FY 18$5,093,400.00; FY 17$5,034,683.00; FY 16$4,925,000.00; -
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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