ANSI’s Anne Caldas (visual approximation)

ANSI’s Anne Caldas, she who bears the weighty title “Senior Director, Procedures and Standards Administration” of said organization, wants stakeholders to attend a shitshow official event called “Through the Looking Glass – A Closer Look at Openness, Balance, and Disclosure.” This ANSI meeting promises to provide a “cross-stakeholder discussion of ANSI’s core procedural requirements as they relate to openness, balance, and disclosure within American National Standards (ANS) process.”

But remember, this is ANSI, and this is Anne Caldas. Both of those names appear as antonyms in the dictionary when you look up “openness, balance and disclosure.” It was Caldas who refused to investigate the ANSI Accredited US TAG 176 — which develops ISO 9001 — for various irregularities related to those three concepts, the most ironic of which was the fact that the US TAG has been falsifying the “interest category” of its members for nearly two decades, in order to hide the dominance of private consultants.

It was Anne Caldas that refused to investigate a possible violation of US Federal law, and look into TAG 176’s weird request for $10,000-a-pop donations for an event that never happened.

It was Anne Caldas that refused to investigate the TAG 176 for its rigged election, which put former Chair Alka Jarvis’ friend and co-author, Paul Palmes, in the Chair seat despite him having padded his resume to a level that would have gotten him fired in any other environment.

And it will likely be Anne Caldas that gets called to answer questions to the Federal government if Oxebridge is successful in putting ANSI on the hot seat for its role in the ongoing IAF and ANAB scandals, which are now getting to numerous I’ve had to create a damn spreadsheet to keep track of them all.

Remember, too, that ISO violated every single principle behind the WTO’s Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) regulations on standards-making when they released ISO 9001, based on Annex SL which was written by exactly zero international delegates. Yet ANSI ratified it anyway, rather than file a WTO complaint, because ANSI then charges money for selling the standard in the US.

Remember, too, that it is ANSI’s price hikes that are leading TL9000 to decouple from ISO entirely.

But the event isn’t quite what it seems. Ignore the ridiculous drug-trip Alice in Wonderland theming (why is everyone in the ISO scheme so bad at marketing?). This is intended to be a one-way conversation, with ANSI lecturing you on why it’s so amazing, and then telling you to shut the hell up if you ask any questions. Just look at how they word the next part of their announcement:

Like Alice in the famous tale, event participants will use this neutral and open opportunity to take an earnest and thorough look at our system’s requirements, and come through that examination with a fresh perspective.

This is not ANSI soliciting feedback. This not ANSI actually engaging in any openness, balance or disclosure. This is them talking about openness, balance and disclosure, and stakeholders sitting passively in the audience, “coming through with a fresh perspective” afterward. ANSI won’t come out with a “fresh perspective,” but they intend to fool attendees into leaving with one.

ANSI is not about to ever open their system to actual feedback from stakeholders, and that is why eventually Caldas and ANSI CEO Joe Bhatia are going to be dragged in front of Congress or Federal regulators to answer questions as to just why it keeps ratifying corrupted standards made under corrupt conditions, and why it keeps allowing ANAB to accredit registrars who sell certificates to companies that kill people.

So I urge you, if you can, go to the event. Ask the awkward questions that Caldas won’t answer. Have a friend use their cell phone to record them angrily calling for order because all you did was ask a question. Then publish it online.

That would be openness.

The event will be held on March 22nd, in Washington DC.



    About Christopher Paris

    Christopher Paris is the founder and VP Operations of Oxebridge. He has over 25 years' experience implementing ISO 9001 and AS9100 systems, and is a vocal advocate for the development and use of standards from the point of view of actual users. He is the author of Surviving ISO 9001:2015. He reviews wines for the irreverent wine blog, Winepisser.