Back in 1966, the Institute of Temporary Services was created to help maintain and manage the quality of temporary help solutions. These services were designed to help businesses promote flexible employment opportunities for people. Eventually, the American Staffing Association was developed to ensure that federal and state legislation did not hamper the staffing industry.
While still maintaining the same core values, the American Staffing Association has experienced several name changes over the years. The Institute of Temporary Services became the National Association of Temporary Services in 1970. Then in 1994, the association continued to expand and became the National Association of Temporary and Staffing Services. Again in 1999, the association was renamed to better "reflect the full range of staffing and human resource services" and ultimately became the American Staffing Association.