Falls Church, Va., March 11, 2005 – Since October, 2004, ASC X12 has added over 10 state government entities to its membership roster with many of their supporting software developers. Close to 40 state and federal governments are participating as members of ASC X12 because they are working to achieve a single accredited standard, consistent in a competitive world marketplace. This is the forum where states are successfully developing and charting the state technology they are employing and will employ for electronic business for now and many years in the future. The newest members include: Alabama Department of Revenue; Arizona Department of Revenue; Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration; Indiana Department of Revenue; North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health; Kansas Department of Revenue; Louisiana Department of Revenue; North Carolina Department of Revenue; Pennsylvania Department of Revenue; State of New Jersey Division of Revenue; State of Utah Tax Commission; and, Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

ASC X12 is the ideal conduit to bring interoperability amongst government entities, including multi-country, multi-federal and multi-state. A smooth and consistent flow of information between these entities is necessary for all levels to function effectively and meet constituent needs. When that information flow does not occur, or does so inefficiently, government entities are forced to create duplicative processes to build and maintain the same sets of information. To promote information exchange across governments and avoid reinventing the wheel, local, state and federal government agencies are able to work together through ASC X12. To date, standards have been or are being developed for employment taxes, sales tax and corporate taxes, partnership tax and individual tax to address the complex and competing needs. This is accomplished in face-to-face meetings held three times per year in locations nationwide as well as interim conference calls.

“The process used to develop standards is as important as the standards themselves,” says Stephen Bouchard, Chair of the ASC X12 Government Subcommittee. “Government agencies need to interact with diverse business and technical environments, from individuals, small companies, and local governments up through other government agencies (in the U.S. or overseas), large enterprises, and institutions. Agencies need to use open architectures to enable interaction with a multitude of business partners. Our members clearly recognize the value of X12 as an open and neutral cross-industry environment with a proven consensus-based infrastructure.”

The X12 environment makes the proceedings used to develop the standards and the draft documents available to all interested parties. The committee maintains current standards, proposes new standards and embraces new ideas. Within the Government Subcommittee of ASC X12, all parties impacted by these standards are encouraged to participate in the process regardless of whether the parties are individuals, companies, agencies, vendors or other entities.

Participants converge at X12 from many realms to standardize. Collaborators consist of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA), the country’s software developers and consultants, and top accounting firms. Participation ensures that new standards development initiatives equate to long-term savings on current & emerging electronic business transactions.

For more information, contact Catherine McDonald, Director of Membership & Marketing at 703-970-2064 or e-mailing cmcdonald@disa.org.

About Accredited Standards Committee X12
The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12, accredited by the American National Standards Institute and comprised of cross-industry representation, develops robust e-business exchange standards in X12 electronic data interchange (EDI) and XML formats that interact with a multitude of e-business technologies and serve as a premier tool for integrating electronic applications. Through standards-setting and active participation in emerging and technically relevant initiatives, ASC X12 facilitates the effective exchange of electronic information. Propelling global e-business, ASC X12 is an active contributor to the United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (UN/EDIFACT), an international standard relating to the exchange of goods and services. To learn more about ASC X12, visit www.x12.org or call 703-970-4480.