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April 29, 2016


Greetings! We hope you had a flourishing and refreshing week! This week's top stories include a follow-up request for volunteers for our next phase of user testing on Formulas Online, a TTB Division spotlight feature on our Scientific Services Division, and a list of the past week's top Scientific Services Division pages at TTB.gov/.


Thanks to those of you who have expressed interest in participating in our upcoming Formulas Online usability study.  We are still looking for possible study candidates, especially (but not limited to) people who have submitted fewer than 25 formulas.  Here are the details: 

  • Who: We’re looking for people who have submitted or soon plan to submit a malt beverage, wine, or distilled spirit formula for approval using Formulas Online.   
  • What: You will be asked to do some tasks using a prototype of our new design and answer some questions.
  • Where: You will be at your own computer, sharing your screen and speaking on the phone with a researcher during a one-on-one, 1-hour research session.
  • When: Sessions will take place mid-May.
  • Confidentiality: Data we collect will not be shared outside TTB, and will be kept confidential. 

Interested in volunteering?  If so, please email us at ttbusability@ttb.gov/ and tell us:

  • The best phone number to contact you during the day
  • The approximate number of formulas you have submitted using Formulas Online
  • Your commodity(ies) (malt beverages, wine, distilled spirits)
  • The source(s) of your products (domestically produced or imported)

We will call those expressing interest and ask you some additional questions to determine study eligibility.  We are looking for a limited number of people, so please contact us early if you are interested.


The Scientific Services Division (SSD), directed by Dr. Abdul Mabud, provides comprehensive technical support to TTB’s strategic goals of revenue collection and consumer protection. SSD produces authoritative scientific data, maintains state-of-the-art laboratories and a well-trained work-force, and continues in the development of new capabilities.

SSD is comprised of four laboratories: the Beverage Alcohol Laboratory, the Nonbeverage Alcohol Laboratory, the Compliance Laboratory, and the Tobacco Laboratory.

We are committed to excellence in the quality of data that our laboratories generate.  SSD has a robust Quality Program headed by a Quality and Safety Manager and we work diligently to maintain ISO 17025 accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation for each of our laboratories.

Read more about the TTB Scientific Services Division.

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