|Administration Officials Discuss Technology
Related Budget Items
|2/4. Department of Commerce
(DOC) officials held a briefing on sections of the President
Bush's proposed budget for fiscal year 2004 that pertain to intellectual property, technology,
science and innovation. The participants were included
Phil Bond, Under Secretary
for the Technology Administration (TA),
Arden Bement, Director
of the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NTIA),
Jon Dudas, Deputy Director
of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO),
Under Secretary for the Bureau of Industry
and Security (BIS), and
Nancy Victory, Director
of the National Telecommunications and
Information Administration (NTIA).
Phil Bond (at right) stated
that "this is a budget that reflects the President's priorities -- technology
is the common denominator". He added that "It is a budget that recognizes money
is limited but research and innovation are vital to America's world leadership."
He stated, for example, that there is a total of $123 Billion for research and
development, which is an increase over this year's proposal and "is more basic
research and development than the rest of the G8 combined."
Jon Dudas of the USPTO stated that the FY04 budget proposal calls for $1,404
Million, up from the FY03 proposal of $1,334 Million. He also stated that this
proposal continues the practice of "fee diversion". However, on the bright
side, he said that this proposal "returns to the USPTO a greater share of its
revenue than last year". That is, it would decrease from $193 Million to
$100 Million under the President's proposals. He also said that this is a
"dramatic reduction", and
that the administration wants to work with the Congress towards a goal of
ultimate elimination of fee diversion.
Dudas also said that the budget proposal would enable the USPTO to move
forward in implementing its
Strategic Plan, which calls for hiring
new patent examiners, initiating competitive outsourcing patent searches, and electronic
processing of applications, among other things.
Nancy Victory stated that the proposed budget of $21.4 Million for the NTIA
would fund "spectrum management reform efforts", a "paperless spectrum
management process", and studies of "interference determination methodologies".
However, she said, "new grants are going to be suspended". The NTIA budget
proposal contains $2.54 Million for monitoring existing grants, but would
eliminate new Technology Opportunity Program (TOP) grants. She added that the
budget proposal for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting contains $80 Million
Kenneth Juster stated that the proposed budget increase for the Bureau of Industry
and Security (BIS), which is still also known as the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA),
would enable it to create a new Office of Technology Evaluation. It would also include
an increase of $1.3 Million for enforcement activities, including more staff for its
Special Computer Evidence Recovery (SCERS) program, which pertains to evidence seized from
computers and other electronic storage media.
See also, summary
titled "FY 2004 Technology Administration Budget Request Highlights", NIST
Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY),
Chairman of the House Science Committee,
stated in a release
that "The Administration's budget proposal for science and technology is
disappointing, although perhaps unsurprising given the budgetary constraints. On
the positive side, the Administration has acknowledged the importance of funding
for basic research, particularly in the physical sciences, and the
Administration has recommended generous percentage increases in such areas as
the National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative. The
budget also, as had previously been announced, funds important new research to
lay the groundwork for a hydrogen economy."
Rep. Boehlert added that "On the other hand, many science programs do not even keep up
with inflation. In many areas, particularly Homeland Security and cybersecurity,
there aren't enough details yet to fully understand the proposals. Perhaps the
best that can be said is that this budget document may have to be rethought in
any event once Congress finally provides domestic appropriations for fiscal
2003. Certainly, the NASA budget must be rethought in light of Saturday's
tragedy. I look forward to working with the Administration, as I have in the
past, to boost the funding for science beyond the initial proposals."
|GAO Reports on Government Use of Smart Cards
|2/4. The General Accounting Office (GAO)
released a report [53
pages in PDF] titled "Electronic Government: Progress in Promoting Adoption of
Smart Card Technology".
Smart cards are credit card like devices that use integrated circuit chips to
store and process data. The report states that "Results
from projects that are already in place indicate that smart cards offer many
useful benefits, such as significantly reducing the processing time required for
deploying military personnel, tracking immunization records of children, and
verifying the identity of individuals accessing buildings and computer systems."
The report also reviews challenges faced by
government officials in implementing smart card systems. These include lack of
executive level commitment, "obtaining
adequate resources for projects that can require extensive modifications to
technical infrastructures and software", integrating security practices across
agencies, achieving interoperability across agencies, and "maintaining
the security of smart card systems and privacy of personal information".
The report also contains several recommendations.
First, it recommends that the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) "issue
governmentwide policy guidance regarding adoption of smart cards for secure
access to physical and logical assets".
Second, the report recommends that the
National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) "continue to improve and update
the government smart card interoperability specification by addressing
governmentwide standards for additional technologies -- such as contactless
cards, biometrics, and optical stripe media -- as well as integration with PKI,
to ensure broad interoperability among federal agency systems".
The report also contains several recommendations for
implementation by the General Services
Administration (GSA), including "updating
its governmentwide implementation strategy and administrative guidance on
implementing smart card systems to address current security priorities,
including minimum security standards for federal facilities, computer systems,
and data across the government".
The report was prepared at the request of
Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), who is now
the Chairman of the House Government
|Court Holds Export License Application
Information is Exempt from FOIA Disclosure
|1/31. The U.S.
Court of Appeals (DCCir) issued its divided
opinion in Wisconsin
Project on Nuclear Arms Control v. Department of Commerce, a
case involving a Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) request for information contained in export license
applications. The Appeals Court held that such information is exempt from
disclosure under FOIA Exemption 3.
The FOIA, codified at
5 U.S.C. § 552, entitles any "person" to request and obtain records
agencies. However, it contains an exemption for records which a federal statute
exempts. The Export Administration Act (EAA) exempted application information
Subsection 552(b) provides, in part, that "This section does not apply to
matters that are ... (3) specifically exempted from disclosure by statute (other
than section 552b of this title), provided that such statute
(A) requires that the matters be withheld from the public
in such a manner as to leave no discretion on the issue, or
(B) establishes particular criteria for withholding or
refers to particular types of matters to be withheld".
There is, however, one significant problem with the Court's analysis. The
FOIA exempts records for which there is a statutory exemption. The EAA is
not a statute. It was once. But it has lapsed. Hence, while the majority's conclusion
may be soundly grounded in Congressional intent, public policy, and homeland
security concerns, its statutory analysis is problematic. The dissent
mocked the majority's "Alice in Wonderland" logic.
Export Control Regime. The Department of Commerce, and its
Industry and Security (BIS), which is still often referred to as the Bureau of
Export Administration (BXA), issues licenses for dual use items. These are
things, including software, encryption products, and high performance
computers, that might be used for either civilian or military or terrorist
The statutory authority of the BIS to operate this export control regime
derives from the Export Administration Act (EAA). Congress first passed export control
legislation in 1949. It has passed legislation revising the system several times
since. However, the most recent statute, the Export Administration Act of 1979, lapsed
in 1990. However, Presidents since then have exercised statutory authority to
declare that an emergency exists, and, by executive order, extend the export
control regime, absent a statute. This has enabled the BIS to continue to
license the export of dual use items.
If the BIS were compelled to disclose the contents of applications for export
licenses, this would enable applicants' competitors, even foreign competitors,
to obtain vital trade secrets of the applicants. It would put U.S. exporters at
a competitive disadvantage. It would also create a disincentive to provide
information in export applications. It would also enable foreign requestors,
including those from states that support terrorism, to gain access to some of
the information which the export control regime is designed to prevent them from
obtaining. In short, FOIA disclosure of export license applications would
undermine the export control regime.
Legislative Activity. Congress continues to fund the operations
of the BIS. Moreover, many members of Congress have repeatedly tried to
pass a new statute.
For example, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) sponsored
S 149, the
Export Administration Act of 2001, in the 107th Congress. The Senate passed the
bill by a vote of 85-14, just prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11,
2001. The bill was also supported by the Bush administration. S 149 would have
modernized export control laws. It would have eased restraints on most dual use
products, such as computers and software, but increased penalties for
violations. It also would have eliminated the use of
based limits to control the export of high performance computers.
Rep. David Dreier (R-CA)
HR 2568, an administration backed bill, in the House, on July 19, 2001.
However, it did not pass in the House. Instead,
sponsored by former Rep. Benjamin Gilman
(R-NY), which is a much different export bill that is not supported by the
administration, Rep. Dreier, and Sen. Enzi, passed the House International Relations
Committee on August 1, 2001. The House then took no further action on any export
Rep. Dreier introduced
on January 7, 2003. It is essentially the Enzi proposal. However, Sen. Enzi has
not yet reintroduced his bill in the 108th Congress. A member of Sen. Enzi's
staff e-mailed TLJ on January 24 that Sen. Enzi is still working on a revised
version of his bill for the 108th Congress, and remains "optimistic".
FOIA Request. The Wisconsin
Project on Nuclear Arms Control (WPNAC) is a deceptive name. The group is based
on K Street in Washington DC. Moreover, the FOIA request at issue in this case
covers more than nuclear technology.
The WPNAC submitted a FOIA request to the BIS requesting "records of all
license applications for dual-use commodities that the U.S. Department of
Commerce approved, denied, suspended, or returned without action, for export to
the People's Republic of China (including Hong Kong), India, Israel, Pakistan,
and Russia, for the period beginning January 1, 1995 and extending to the
present." (Parentheses in original.)
The BIS responded by providing certain aggregate reports, but asserted that
more detailed information was exempt from disclosure under FOIA Exemption 3.
The WPNAC then filed a complaint is
U.S. District Court (DC) against the DOC under the FOIA seeking an order
compelling the DOC to produce records. The District Court ruled on
summary judgment that the requested records are exempt under FOIA Exemption 3.
The WPNAC then appealed.
Appeals Court. A three judge panel of the Court of Appeals affirmed,
two to one. Judge Judith
Rogers, writing for the Court, emphasized the presence of a clear
Congressional intent to exempt export license applications from FOIA disclosure.
She wrote that "The Wisconsin Project contends that the Department may not
withhold the data, and the logic of its argument is simple: Exemption 3, by its
text, requires that a withholding ``statute´´ be in place; because the EAA
was not in effect either when the exporters submitted their application data to
the Department or when the Wisconsin Project requested that data from the
Department under FOIA, no statute exists to justify the Department's withholding
of the requested data. The Wisconsin Project's formalistic logic, however,
misses the bigger picture."
She argued that "the touchstone of the Exemption 3 inquiry is whether the
statute ``is the product of congressional appreciation of the dangers inherent
in airing particular data and incorporates a formula whereby the administrator
may determine precisely whether disclosure in any instance would pose the hazard
that Congress foresaw.´´" (Citing American Jewish Congress v.
Kreps, 574 F.2d at 624 (DC Cir, 1978).)
She concluded that "Congress's actions throughout the long history of the EAA
evince a clear appreciation of the dangers inherent in exposing export
application data to public view. Since it was first enacted by Congress, the EAA
has always contained a confidentiality provision that permits the Department to
withhold export application data."
(at right), the Under Secretary of Commerce in charge of the BIS, stated in a
that "We welcome this decision because the Department’s ability to protect this
information is important to our national and economic security. Public
disclosure of such information could assist proliferating countries or
terrorists in the development of weapons of mass destruction, and could also
damage the competitiveness of U.S. business".
Randolph wrote a dissenting opinion. He did not contest that if the Export
Administration Act were to be re-enacted by Congress, Exemption 3 would bar
disclosure. Nor did he dispute that the intent of Congress was to bar
disclosure. Nor did he dispute that disclosure would be bad policy. Rather, he
argued that judges should merely interpret statutes. And at this task, he had a
He did not go so far as to argue, as might Justice Scalia, that legislative
intent is never applicable to judicial interpretation. He merely argued that it
is not applicable when there is no underlying statute to interpret. He likened
the majority's approach to a scene from Alice in Wonderland. He wrote that
"The statute has expired but its legislative history is good law. So say my
colleagues, in a most curious opinion."
Randolph continued that "Congress at one time wanted the Commerce Department
to keep the information secret, and so it shall remain. No matter that the
Freedom of Information Act -- a real law -- expresses Congress's intent to
require a statute exempting the documents from disclosure when they are sought
or about to be released."
"It never occurred to me, or to the Framers of the Constitution, that the
Executive could by the stroke of a pen convert expired legislation into an
existing statute," wrote Randolph.
the end all the majority can come up with is some free-floating congressional
intent about the meaning of a statute that no longer exists. Alice once
encountered a comparable phenomenon: ``'Well! I've often seen a cat
without a grin,' thought Alice; 'but a grin without a cat! It's the most
curious thing I ever saw in all my life!'´´ "
While the Appeals Court was divided, Supreme Court review is unlikely. It only
very rarely grants certiorari in FOIA cases.
Perhaps also, there is an unstated theme in this case, as in many FOIA cases.
That is, passage of the FOIA was one of those unfortunate actions taken in the
immediate aftermath of the Nixon presidency, the Watergate scandals, the Viet Nam
war, and a series of embarrassing disclosures about CIA operations, when there was
an strong distrust of executive authority, and an effort to weaken executive
branch authority, especially in the areas of intelligence and national defense.
Hence, an idealistic Congress passed a FOIA that was far too broad. Many federal judges,
particularly those in Washington DC, have been reluctant ever since to accord it the same
status as other statutes -- or in the present case, expired statutes.
|People and Appointments
|2/4. Michael Dawson was named to the newly created position of Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Compliance
Policy, at the Treasury Department. Prior to joining the Treasury Department in
2001, he was Chief of Staff at FOLIOfn,
which describes itself as "a financial services technology company that delivers
leading edge investment solutions to financial services firms and investors.
Through its registered broker-dealer subsidiary, FOLIOfn Investments, Inc., the
company offers an integrated brokerage platform featuring its unique basket
trading capability and state of the art execution, clearance and settlement
services." Dawson also previously worked for the law firm of
Covington & Burling. See,
|2/4. The House Rules Committee met
Tuesday evening and adopted a
consideration of HJRes 18, which makes further continuing appropriations for
fiscal year 2003. The Committee did not adopt a rule for consideration of
The Do-Not-Call Implementation Act,
as previously scheduled.
|Wednesday, February 5
|The House will meet at 3:00 PM. It is scheduled to consider the continuing
appropriations resolution for FY03.
The Senate will meet at 9:00 AM for morning business. It will
recess from 12:30 until 2:15 PM for party conferences. At 2:15 PM it will
take up the nomination of Miquel Estrada to be a Judge of the
U.S. Court of Appeals (DCCir).
The Supreme Court is in recess.
8:30 - 10:00 AM.
Sidak of the American Enterprise Institute
(AEI) will host a press breakfast to discuss pending FCC reviews of
telecommunications regulations and media ownership rules. RSVP to Veronique
Rodman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Heather
Dresser at 202 862-5884. Location: AEI, 1150 17th Street, NW.
9:30 AM. The
Senate Judiciary Committee
will hold a hearing on judicial nominations. The agenda includes the
nomination of Jay Bybee to be a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals (9thCir).
Location: Room 226, Dirksen Building.
10:00 AM. The Senate Banking
Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of William Donaldson
to be a member of the Securities and Exchange
10:00 AM. The U.S. Court of Appeals
(FedCir) will hear oral argument in Altima Communications v. USITC,
No. 02-1110. The U.S. International Trade
Commission barred the import by Altima
Communications, a Broadcom subsidiary, of certain ethernet networking
products found to infringe Intel patents.
Fish and Richardson represents Intel in this matter. Location: Courtroom 402,
717 Madison Place, NW.
10:00 AM. The U.S. Court of Appeals (FedCir)
will hear oral argument in Crossroads Systems v. Chaparral Network Storage,
No. 02-1158. This is an appeal from the
U.S. District Court (WDTex) in a
patent infringement case involving storage router technology. (D.C.
No. 00-CA-217-SS.) Location: Courtroom 203, 717 Madison Place, NW.
10:00 AM. The U.S. Court of Appeals (FedCir)
will hear oral argument in Digital Privacy v. RSA Security, No.
02-1440. This is an appeal from the
U.S. District Court (EDVa) in a patent infringement case involving the
pre-boot protection of unauthorized use of computer programs and data.
Location: Courtroom 201, 717 Madison Place, NW.
11:00 AM. The Cato Institute will host
a panel discussion titled "Battle over the Broadcast Flag: The IP Wars and
the HDTV Transition". The speakers will be Fritz Attaway
Picture Association of America), Jim Burger (Dow
Lohnes & Albertson), Mike Godwin (Public
Knowledge), and Andy Setos (Fox Entertainment Group). See,
notice and registration
page. Lunch will follow. Location: Cato, 1000 Massachusetts Ave., NW.
11:15 AM. Howard Beales, Director of the
Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection will speak to the Direct
Marketing Association's Committee on Privacy on "Spam and
Privacy." Location: 1111 Nineteenth Street, NW, Suite 1150.
12:30 PM. The House Armed Services
Committee will hold its organizational meeting for the 108th Congress.
Location: Room 2118, Rayburn Building.
1:00 PM. The House Commerce
Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet
will hold a hearing titled "Health of the Telecommunications Sector: A
Perspective from Investors and Economists". The scheduled witnesses
include Robert Atkinson (Columbia University), Blake Bath (Lehman Brothers
Equity Research), Steve Brouder (Cambridge Strategic Management Group), Robert
Crandall (Brookings Institute), and Eric Strumingher (Cobalt Capital). Press
contact: Ken Johnson at 202 225-5735. See,
notice. Location: Room 2123, Rayburn Building.
2:00 PM. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and
others will hold a briefing by teleconference on the
Total Information Awareness (TIA) program.
On January 23, the Senate approved an
(SA 59) to HJRes 2,
the continuing FY03 appropriations bill, by a voice vote. The amendment would
limit the ability of the Department of Defense
to spend money on Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency's (DARPA) TIA project. The Senate has also passed HJRes 2. However,
the House passed a version without the Wyden amendment. The other participants
will include representatives of the Electronic
Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Association for
Computing Machinery (ACM), Americans for Tax Reform, Center for
Democracy and Technology (CDT), Eagle Forum, Free Congress Foundation (FCF),
People for the American Way (FCF), the
Rutherford Institute and other groups. To participate, dial 512 225-3630; the
access code is 993630.
2:00 PM. The Senate Finance
Committee will hold a hearing on on revenue proposals in the President's
FY 2004 budget. Secretary of the Treasury
will be the only witness. Location: Room 215, Dirksen Building.
DATE & TIME CHANGE. 5:45 PM. The
Financial Services Committee will hold its organizational meeting for the
108th Congress. Location: Room 2128, Rayburn Building.
|Thursday, February 6
|The House will not be in session, due to a memorial service for the crew
of the Columbia, and a
9:30 AM. The
Senate Judiciary Committee
will hold an executive business meeting. See,
Location: Room 226, Dirksen Building.
10:00 AM. Ed Thomas, Chief of the Federal
Communications Commission's (FCC) Office
of Engineering and Technology (OET) will hold a press briefing "to provide
an update on policy issues related to emerging technologies and implementation
of recent recommendations for spectrum reform". Press contact: Lauren Van
Wazer at 202 418-0030. Location: FCC, 8th Floor, South Conference Room
(8B-516), 445 12th Street, SW.
10:00 AM. The U.S. Court of Appeals (FedCir)
will hear oral argument en banc in Festo v. SMC Corp., No. 95-1066.
Location: Courtroom 201, 717 Madison Place, NW.
10:00 AM. The Internet Security
Alliance (ISA) will hold a press conference to announce the release of new
information security consumer guidelines. The scheduled speakers will include
Orson Swindle (Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission), Dave McCurdy (ISA),
Susan Grant (National Consumers League), and Mark MacCarthy (Visa). Location:
Lisagore Room, National Press Club, 529 14th
Street, NW. See,
11:00 AM. The House
International Relations Committee will hold its
organizational meeting for the 108th Congress. Location: Room 2172, Rayburn
3:30 PM. Madhavi Sunder (Professor of Law, University of California at
Davis Law School) will give a lecture titled "IP3: Intellectual Property,
Identity Politics, and the Internet Protocol". For more information,
contact Julie Cohen at
Georgetown University Law Center, Faculty Lounge, 600 New Jersey Ave., NW.
Deadline to submit comments to the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) regarding
BellSouth's December 20, 2002
Petition for Forbearance [16 pages in PDF] from application of the separate subsidiary
provide international directory assistance service. BellSouth asked the FCC to
forbear from applying the structural separation requirements of
47 U.S.C. § 272
to allow BellSouth to provide international directory assistance service on an
integrated basis together with its local and nonlocal directory assistance
services. See, FCC
notice [2 pages in PDF]. This is CC Docket No. 97-172.
|Friday, February 7
|There will be no votes in the House.
12:00 NOON. The Cato Institute will
host a panel discussion titled "Technology Policy in the 108th Congress". The
speakers will be Steve Delbianco (Association for Competitive Technology),
Clyde Crews (Cato), and Adam Thierer (Cato). See,
notice and registration
page. Location: Room B-369, Rayburn Building.
12:00 NOON - 1:30 PM. The Bureau of
Industry and Security's National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC)
will meet. Richard Clarke (Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace
Security) and Richard Davidson, (Chairman of NIAC) will speak. The agenda also
includes a discussion of Internet Protocol Version 6.0 and responsible
disclosure of cyber attacks or incidents. The public can attend only via
teleconference. Call 1-888-899-7785 (toll free) or 1-913-312-4169 (toll), and
when prompted, enter pass code 1468517. See,
notice in the Federal Register, January 28, 2003, Vol. 68, No.18, at Page
12:15 PM. The Federal Communications Bar
Association's (FCBA) Wireless Telecommunications Practice Committee will
host a luncheon. The speakers will be wireless and spectrum Legal Advisors to FCC
Commissioners. The price is $15. RSVP to Wendy Parish at
email@example.com. Location: Sidley Austin,
1501 K St., NW, Conference Room 6E.
|Monday, February 10
|9:30 AM. The U.S. Court of Appeals
(DCCir) will hear oral argument in Primosphere Ltd v. FCC, Nos.
01-1526 and 1527. Judges Henderson, Rogers and Silberman will preside.
Location: 333 Constitution Ave., NW.
3:00 - 5:00 PM. The State Department's International Telecommunication
Advisory Committee (ITAC) will meet regarding the
World Summit on the Information Society
(WSIS), scheduled to take place in December of 2003. See,
notice in the Federal Register, February 4, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 23, at
Pages 5689-5690. Location: National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C St. NW.
POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 28.
Deadline to submit reply comments to the Federal Communications
Commission's (FCC) regarding the
[73 pages in PDF] of the FCC Spectrum Policy Task Force
(SPTF). The report recommends that "spectrum policy must evolve towards more
flexible and market oriented regulatory models." See, original
notice of extension [PDF].
Deadline to submit reply comments to the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the Tier III Coalition's
petition to forbear, up to December 31, 2005, from enforcing the E911 accuracy
and reliability standards set forth in § 20.18(h) of the FCC’s Rules with
respect to Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) provided by Tier III
wireless carriers. See,
FCC notice [PDF]. This is WT Docket No. 02-377.
Deadline to submit comments to the The
National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA) regarding the health and life insurance cancellation
notices exception to the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce
(E-SIGN) Act. The Act provides, at §101, for the acceptance of electronic
signatures in interstate commerce, with certain enumerated exceptions. §103 of
the Act provides that the provisions of section 101 shall not apply to "the
cancellation or termination of health insurance or benefits or life insurance
benefits (excluding annuities)". (Parentheses in original.) The Act also
requires the NTIA to review, evaluate and report to Congress on each of the
exceptions. The E-SIGN Act is codified at
15 U.S.C. § 7001,
et seq. The exceptions are codified at
15 U.S.C. § 7003.
Extended deadline to submit applications to the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for membership on the FCC's
Consumer Advisory Committee. For more information, contact Scott Marshall at
202 418-2809 firstname.lastname@example.org. The
deadline had been January 31. On January 31 the FCC extended the deadline.
|Tuesday, February 11
|9:30 AM. The Commerce Department's
Bureau of Industry and Security's (BIS) Sensors and Instrumentation
Technical Advisory Committee will meet. Part of the meeting will be closed to
the public. See,
notice in the Federal Register, January 17, 2003, Vol. 68, No.12, at Page
2499. Location: Herbert Hoover Building, Room 3884, 14th Street between
Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues, NW.
5:00 PM. The Federal Communications
(FCBA) Diversity Committee and Young Lawyers Committee will host a Law School
Outreach Program at George Washington University for law students interested
in practicing communications law.
Deadline to submit reply comments to the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its Notice of
Inquiry (NOI) regarding competition in the Commercial Mobile Services (CMRS)
industry. The FCC seeks data and information for its Eighth Annual Report and
Analysis of Competitive Market Conditions with Respect to Commercial Mobile
Services. This is WT Docket No. 02-379. See,
notice in the Federal Register, January 7, 2003, Vol. 68, No. 4, at Pages
730 - 740. For more information, contact Chelsea Fallon at 202 418-7991.
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