To: HQ.DCMAIL4(advisorycommittee)
Date: Mon, Dec 27, 1999 5:03 PM
Subject: Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security - Nomination,P004807

Computing Technology Indistry Association
6776 Little Falls Rd.
Arlington VA 22213
Tel 703.536.0002 Fax 703.536.0003 E-mail

Representing 8,000 computer and software manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and Internet and other service providers

December 27, 1999

Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security - Nomination, P004807

Federal Trade Commission
Room H-159
600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20580


On behalf of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), we wish to nominate Mr. Alan P. Hald, cofounder of MicroAge Inc., to represent our industry on the Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security. Established in 1984, CompTIA is the largest trade association in the computing sector. Our 8,000 member companies come from the entire computing channel - computer manufacturers and software publishers, distributors, retail sellers (Internet, catalogue and/or traditional retail stores), integrators, Internet, long distance, independent warrant/repair and other service providers. A growing number are e-tailers (Internet retailers of computers and other consumer products). Among CompTIA's programs relevant to your Advisory Committee is the Electronic Commerce Standards Board, established over a decade ago to facilitate international standards for electronic data exchange.

A resource that our industry can offer the Committee is our technical and marketing knowledge of the entire channel's rapidly changing business processes and practices. Many consumer products such as computer hardware and software typically are covered by warranties/guarantees. Appropriate consumer verification data must flow back through the channel to establish eligibility, so data/privacy issues affect not only consumers, e-tailers and Internet Service Providers (ISP's), but other companies in the food chain.

Alan P. Hald was a cofounder of CompTIA and MicroAge Inc., a Fortune 1000 international computer products distributor established in 1986. He is a past chairman of CompTIA and CompTIA's Electronic Commerce Standards Board, and currently chairs CompTIA's Public Policy Committee. Mr. Hald received his undergraduate engineering degree from Rensselaer and his MBA from Harvard University. He chairs the Arizona Governor's Strategic Partnership for Economic Development and the Arizona High Technology Incubator. Mr. Hald serves on the board of several web centric commerce, services and software companies. He has contributed to several books, including The Third Wave, by Alvin Toffler, and Globalization, Technology and Competition, by Steve Bradley/Harvard Business School.

Please let me know if you need any additional information about CompTIA and/or Mr. Hald.


Bruce N. Hahn
Director of Public Policy