|January 4, 2000
RE: Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, P004807
I am pleased to nominate Bill Poulos, Director of Electronic Commerce Policy at the EDS Office of Government Affairs in Washington, DC, for a position on the Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security. I, personally, and many members of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), have worked closely with Mr. Poulos on a number of critical global, federal, and state privacy, security, electronic commerce, and Internet issues facing our industry.
Mr. Poulos has a wealth of experience on data privacy and online access and security issues, and is widely recognized as an expert on the issues, for which the Advisory Committee is being formed. He chaired the Legal Jurisdiction Committee of the Global Business Dialogue, an organization of 24 CEOs from Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas who work to create consensus recommendations on issues relating to doing business on the Internet. Additionally, in 1997 and 1998, Mr. Poulos chaired the Electronic Commerce Committee of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, an organization of approximately 100 CEOs from Europe and the United States who provide policy recommendations to the European Commission and the US Government. He also chairs the US Electronic Commerce Committee drafting group of the US-Japan Business Council, a group of approximately 150 CEOs from Japan and the United States.
ITAA has a long-standing privacy and online access policy established many years ago, which, with Mr. Poulos advice and input, was recalibrated to meet the challenges of the digital environment. Mr. Poulos's appointment to the Advisory Committee would provide it with an objective private sector viewpoint. He is highly motivated and would be able to commit the energy and intellect necessary to help the Advisory Committee achieve its stated objectives. I strongly urge his appointment.
Harris N. Miller