January 7, 2000
Mr. Donald S. Clark, Secretary
Dear Mr. Secretary:
I would like to nominate myself for appointment to the Federal Trade Commission Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security ("Advisory Committee"). I have attached a copy of my biography for your convenience.
As President and CEO of the American Electronics Association ("AEA"), I am responsible for representing the largest electronics and information technology industry trade group in the nation. AEAs membership includes over 3000 companies spanning the spectrum of high-technology products from semiconductors and computers to telecommunications and software. Our members are not only at the cutting edge of technological innovation, but are also actively participating in efforts to adopt self-regulatory online privacy measures.
As you may know, AEA recently received confirmation from BBBOnline that we are compliant with the BBBOnLine Privacy standards. AEA is now fully authorized to display the BBBOnLine Privacy Seal on our web site. We are also advising our members as to the steps required for compliance with BBBOnLines standard by hosting a series of privacy seminars in California over the next two weeks entitled "E-Commerce Privacy: Building Customer Trust." Russell Bodoff from BBBOnLine and representatives from the FTC will be participating in these seminars.
AEAs presence on the Advisory Committee would clearly promote a balance of points of views represented and functions to be performed by the Advisory Committee. We are the largest information technology trade association in the country and are uniquely suited to represent the high-technology industry on privacy matters. Having been personally responsible for overseeing AEAs compliance with BBBOnLine certification standards, I am well versed in the issues regarding online privacy practices. As such, I can adequately reflect the views of the relevant affected high-technology business interests. Furthermore, I am a member of the Information Technology Policy Council, a group of trade association Presidents and CEOs, which meets on a quarterly basis to discuss information technology issues.
In addition, from 1986 to 1994 I was International Vice President and Senior Vice President Policy and Congressional Affairs, for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber, I held a number of high-level government positions including Acting Assistant Secretary for Trade Administration in the Department of Commerce, the senior official administering U.S. export control laws and U.S antidumping and countervailing duty import laws.
Please feel free to contact me if I may provide you with any additional information. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to working with you on these issues, which are of utmost importance to the high-technology business community.
William T. Archey, President and CEO