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Indictment Charges Theft of Customer Data Held By Acxiom

7/21. A grand jury of the U.S. District Court (EDArk) returned a 144 count indictment against Scott Levine. The indictment alleges, among other things, that Levine operated an e-mail marketing business that accessed and stole personal information about individuals from the database company Acxiom, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1030.

The indictment states that Acxiom Corporation is "a corporation with offices in Little Rock and Conway, Arkansas. Acxiom is one of the world's largest repositories for personal, financial, and company data. It provides the service of storing huge amounts of customer provided data as well as enhancing the quality and utility of that data through various proprietary computer processes."

The indictment does not identify the names of the business customers of Acxiom whose data was stolen. It references them as, for example, "Company No. 1". Nor does the indictment identify the number of individuals whose data was stolen, or the exact types of information stolen, such as social security numbers, e-mail addresses, or credit card numbers.

The indictment states that "Acxiom uses it File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server, (``´´), located in Conway, Arkansas, to store data being transferred. FTP is a method of communication used to send and receive files such as spreadsheets, word-processing documents or databases via the Internet. Acxiom customers may place data on the FTP server for Acxiom to retrieve and process. Acxiom may also place information on the FTP server that it has analyzed and processed for the customer to retrieve. Each Acxiom customer has a username and password for accessing ``´´ which is shared by Acxiom and the customer."

The indictment charges only Levine. It states that he "was the controlling force behind Snipermail".

The indictment states that ", Inc. ... was a Florida corporation, located in Boca Raton, Florida area, engaged in the business of distributing advertisements via the Internet to email addresses on behalf of advertisers or their brokers. Snipermail purported to maintain a database containing several million e-mail addresses which it claimed were obtained via a ``double verified opt-in process´´. Once the customer confirmed an interest in receiving such promotion, Snipemail required them to complete an online form providing various demographic and geographic information about themselves. Snipermail then rented the e-mail addresses and other relevant information to other businesses for use in their advertising campaigns after purportedly determining which subscribers matched the target group for the advertiser. In many instances, however, ad campaigns were sent to a general population of e-mail addresses without regard to the targeted requirements of an agreement with the broker."

The indictment alleges that Levine "conspired with persons known and unknown ... to violate the laws of the United States by committing certain offenses, that is: (1) to intentionally access a protected computer without authority or in excess of authority and thereby obtain information in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1030(a)(2)(C); (2) to knowingly and with intent to defraud possess fifteen or more devices with are unauthorized access devices ... in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(3); ..."

The indictment names, but does not indict, numerous other individuals who are alleged to be a part of this conspiracy. The indictment alleges that the conspirators "would access Acxiom's ``´´ server from Snipermail, a supplier of services to one or more of Acxiom's customers, exceed the authorization extended to such suppliers by entering areas which they had no authority to enter, and download files which they had no authority to download."

The indictment further states that "the conspirators would decrypt Acxiom encrypted password files in order to have access to greater amounts of Acxiom data, incorporate the stolen data into the Snipermail system, and sell the newly acquire information together with their existing data to Snipermail clients."

The complaint contains 144 separate counts. This is because it enumerates 139 individual instances of unauthorized file downloads from Acxiom's ftp server by conspirators. The indictment identifies the data, time, and file size of each such download. Many of the downloads ranged in the hundreds of megabytes.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) also issued a press release that states that "The charges stem from an alleged scheme to steal vast amounts of personal information from a company database and represent what may be the largest cases of intrusion of personal data to date." This DOJ release also states that the total theft amounted to "8.2 gigabytes of data".

As a comparison, a typical issue of the TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert is about 50 kilobytes (KB), or, about one twentieth of a megabyte (MB). If TLJ continues to publish daily on business days, at the rate of about 50 KB per issue, TLJ will have sent out about 8.2 gigabytes (GB) of data after about 650 years.

The DOJ release also states that "While the stolen data contained personal information about a great number of individuals and could have resulted in tremendous loss if the information were used in a fraudulent scheme, there is no evidence to date that any of the data was misused in this way."

While this indictment was returned in the Eastern District of Arkansas, it was prepared by attorneys in the U.S. Attorneys Office and in the Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the DOJ headquarters in Washington DC.

This case is U.S.A. v. Scott Levine, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, D.C. No. 4:04CR000175WRW.

More About Acxiom. Acxiom is a company that manages customer information for credit card issuers, banks, automotive manufacturers, retailers and others.

A representative of Acxiom testified before House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection on July 26, 2001. She described Acxiom activities in her prepared testimony. The hearing was titled "How Do Businesses Use Customer Information: Is the Customer's Privacy Protected?".

Acxiom's CEO provided written testimony [PDF] to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on June 18, 2003 for a workshop on information and privacy. He asserted that "Acxiom undertakes exceptional security measures to protect the information we maintain for our own information products and around the information we process for our clients to ensure that information will not be made available to any unauthorized person or business. We use a variety of multi-level security systems to control access to our services and information products."

This is not the first Section 1030 case involving theft of Acxiom data. For example, on December 18, 2003, Daniel Jeremy Baas pled guilty in U.S. District Court (SDOhio) to a one-count information charging him with exceeding authorized access to a protected computer and obtaining information, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1030(a)(2) and (c)(2)(B)(iii), in connection with his theft of data from Acxiom. See, 2003 DOJ release.

The present case grew out of the 2003 case. The DOJ's July 21, 2004 release states that "In July 2003, investigators with the Sheriff's Office in Hamilton County, Ohio, discovered during the course of an unrelated investigation that an Ohio resident named Daniel Baas had illegally entered into an Acxiom file transfer protocol (ftp) server and had downloaded significant amounts of data." It added that "During the course of that investigation, and in follow up internal investigations conducted by Acxiom, investigators discovered a second set of intrusions into Acxiom. Those intrusions came from a different internet protocol address and form the basis of the indictment of Scott Levine."

Also, published correspondence of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) reveals that the DARPA, and in particular, its now terminated Total Information Awareness (TIA) project, which was run by John Poindexter, examined working with Acxiom.

For example, on February 5, 2004, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC ) published in its web site a copy of two e-mail communications [3 pages in PDF] from May of 2002 exchanged between personnel of the  DARPA regarding its interest in "huge databases of commercial transactions that cover the world", and in working with Acxiom, "the nation's largest commercial data warehouse company". See, story titled "E-Mail Shows DARPA's Interest in Huge Databases of Commercial Information" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 831, February 6, 2004.

US Morocco FTA Bill Moves in Congress

7/21. The House Ways and Means Committee approved HR 4842, the "United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act". See, HWMC release.

The full House could approve the bill as early as Thursday, July 22. The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet at 7:00 AM on July 22 to adopt a rule for its consideration by the full House.

On July 20, the Senate Finance Committee (SFC) approved S 2677, the "United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act", by a vote of 21-0. See, SFC release [PDF]. Then, on Wednesday, July 21, the full Senate approved S 2677 by a vote of 85-13. See, Roll Call No. 159.

Sen. Charles GrassleySen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) (at right), the Chairman of the SFC, commented on the recent rapid pace of passage of trade related legislation. He said that "We have an historic opportunity to strengthen our relations with Morocco with the passage of the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act. Passage of this legislation follows on the heels of a strong Senate vote in favor of the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement last week. The Australia bill itself was preceded by renewal and extension of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent on June 24 of this year. Prior to that, the Senate was able to work out its differences and pass the JOBS Act by a vote of 92 to 5. Each of these bills passed in an election year, a year in which many pundits argued that nothing would get done. I also want to point out the broad bipartisan support which each of these bills received. In my mind, it’s that element -- bipartisanship -- that’s the key to our success." See, release [PDF].

See also, floor statement by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), the ranking Democrat on the SFC.

U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Zoellick praised the Senate, and added that "Free trade is on offense, and the cause of open markets is now advancing on all fronts. In the last twelve months, Congress has approved four new free trade agreements, all with large bipartisan majorities. Working together with Congress, the Administration is putting Trade Promotion Authority to good use and America is at the forefront of the global move toward expanded trade." See, USTR release [PDF].

Federal Reserve Board Reports on State of the Economy

7/21. Alan Greenspan, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), testified before the House Financial Services Committee on July 21, and before the Senate Banking Committee on July 20. He presented the FRB's Monetary Policy Report to the Congress [27 pages in PDF]. This report states that "purchases of computers and software remained on the solid uptrend that has been evident for the past couple of years, and real outlays on communications equipment increased further".

Greenspan stated in his prepared testimony for the two committees that "Economic developments in the United States have generally been quite favorable in 2004, lending increasing support to the view that the expansion is self-sustaining. Not only has economic activity quickened, but the expansion has become more broad-based and has produced notable gains in employment."

The Federal Reserve Board eagle logo links to home pageHe did not address technology sectors of the economy in his prepared testimony. However, the Monetary Policy Report to the Congress does summarize the state of the tech sector. It states that "For the most part, businesses appear to be shaking off the extraordinary reluctance to undertake new investment projects that was evident in 2002 and 2003. Indeed, although outlays on nonresidential construction have not yet turned up decisively, real spending on equipment and software (E&S) has been advancing briskly."

It also states that "Real E&S spending rose at an annual rate of more than 15 percent in the second half of last year, and it posted another sizable increase in the first quarter of 2004 despite flat business purchases of motor vehicles and a dip in deliveries of aircraft. Excluding transportation equipment, real spending on E&S rose at an annual rate of 13˝ percent in the first quarter. In the high-tech category, real purchases of computers and software remained on the solid uptrend that has been evident for the past couple of years, and real outlays on communications equipment increased further, reaching a level about 20 percent above the low in the fourth quarter of 2002."

Also on July 21, FRB Vice Chairman Roger Ferguson gave a speech in which he offered his take on the 2001 recession and investment in internet related technology.

He stated that "the 2001 recession seems to have been kicked off by unreasonable expectations about the profitability of investment in technology related to the Internet. One manifestation of these overly optimistic expectations was that the nominal share of high-tech investment in overall equipment and software spending rose from about 35 percent in the mid-1990s to almost 45 percent by the end of 2000. By the time more-sober assessments of the profitability of the high-tech sector came to the fore, huge sums of money had been sunk into capital equipment and software and into new enterprises. A serious reconsideration of these expenditures contributed to a sharp retrenchment of business investment."

More News

7/20. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge gave a speech in which he stated that "our country has made tremendous technological progress and added important technological layers of security. Yet the greatest resource, the greatest asset, and that which we must focus on and sustain our focus is the individual citizens. You can have all the technology you want, but unless you have a vigilant, aware, America and a prepared citizen, the technology is not going to get you as far down the road as you need to go. No government entity, no organization, no information expert can replace individual responsibility."

7/20. The U.S. Court of Appeals (6thCir) issued its opinion in MCI v. Ohio Bell, a case regarding the interconnection provisions of §§ 251 and 252 of the Communications Act. The Appeals Court affirmed the District Court's order affirming the arbitration decision of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). This case is MCI Telecommunications, Inc. v. Ohio Bell Telephone Company, et al., App. Ct. No. 03-3525, an appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio at Columbus, D.C. No. 97-00721, Judge Edmund Sargus presiding.

7/21. The House Ways and Means Committee (HWMC) approved HR 2971, the "Social Security Number Privacy and Identity Theft Prevent Act of 2004", by a vote of 33-0. See, HWMC release.

7/21. The House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet held a hearing titled "The Digital Television Transition: What We Can Learn From Berlin?" See, prepared statement of Rep. John Dingell (D-MI). See also, prepared testimony [26 pages in PDF] of Mark Goldstein (Government Accounting Office), prepared testimony of Greg Schmidt (LIN Television Corp. and the National Association of Broadcasters), and prepared testimony [PDF] of Michael Willner (Insight Communications and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association).

7/20. The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) released a paper [16 pages in PDF] titled "Meeting the Offshoring Challenge". PPI is a New Democrats think tank. The author of the paper is Robert Atkinson, VP of the PPI's Technology & New Economy Project.

Washington Tech Calendar
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Thursday, July 22

The House will meet at 10:00 AM. The House may take up HR 4842, the "United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act". See, Republican Whip Notice.

7:00 AM. The House Rules Committee will meet to adopt a rules for consideration of HR 4842, the "United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act", and HR 4613, the conference report Department of Defense appropriations bill for FY 2005.

9:00 AM. The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack. William Graham, the Chairman of the Commission, will testify. Location: Room 2118, Rayburn Building.

9:00 AM. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee will hold the second part of its hearing titled "Buyer Beware: The Danger of Purchasing Pharmaceuticals over the Internet". The witnesses will be Richard Stana (GAO), Robert Bonner (Bureau of Customs & Border Protection), Karen Tandy (Drug Enforcement Administration), John Potter (Postmaster General, USPS), John Taylor (Food and Drug Administration), John Scheibel (Yahoo), Sheryl Sandberg (Google), Joshua Peirez (Master Card), Steve Ruwe (Visa), Robert Bryden (Federal Express), and Daniel Silva (United Parcel Service). See, notice. Location: Room 342, Dirksen Building.

9:00 AM. Day two of a two day meeting of the Department of Commerce's (DOC) Bureau of Industry and Standards (BXA/BIS) Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee (ISTAC). Some of the meetings will be closed to the public. The agenda includes a summary of the Wassenaar Arrangement inter-sessional meeting on semiconductor manufacturing equipment, and a presentation on computational capability of graphics processors. See, notice in the Federal Register, July 6, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 128, at Page 40601. Location: DOC, Room 3884, 14th Street between Pennsylvania Ave. and Constitution Ave., NW.

9:30 AM. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an executive business meeting. The agenda includes consideration of S 1635, the "L-1 Visa (Intracompany Transferee) Reform Act of 2003", and HR 1417, the "Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act of 2004", a bill to amend to replace copyright arbitration royalty panels with copyright royalty judges. See, notice. Press contact: Margarita Tapia (Hatch) at 202 224-5225 or David Carle (Leahy) at 202 224-4242. Location: Room 226, Dirksen Building.

9:30 AM. The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a meeting to mark up numerous bills, and consider several pending nominations. Several of the items on the agenda are technology related, including S 2603, the "Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2004", S 2644, the "Satellite Home Viewer Extension Act", S 2281, the "VOIP Regulatory Freedom Act of 2004", and the nominations of Deborah Majoras (to be a Federal Trade Commission Commissioner), Jonathan Liebowitz (FTC), Benjamin Wu (Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy for the Department of Commerce), and Brett Palmer (Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Commerce). See, notice. Press contact: Rebecca Fisher at 202 224-2670. Location: Room 253, Russell Building.

10:30 AM. The House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing titled "Problems with the E-rate Program: Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Concerns in the Wiring of Our Nation's Schools to the Internet". Location: Room 2123, Rayburn Building.

12:00 NOON - 2:00 PM. The Progress and Freedom Foundation (PFF) will host a luncheon. The featured speaker will be Wayne Brunetti, Ch/CEO of Xcel Energy. His address may include many topics, including broadband internet access over power lines (BPL). The FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on BPL on February 12, 2004. See, story titled "FCC Adopts Broadband Over Powerline NPRM" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 836, February 13, 2004. Xcel has filed comments. See, April 5 comment [15 pages in PDF] on BPL, and July 14 comment [16 pages in PDF] in IP enabled services proceeding. This NPRM is FCC 04-29 in ET Docket Nos. 03-104 and 04-37. See, notice and registration page. Press contact: David Fish at 202 775-2644. Location: Rotunda Room, Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

1:00 PM. The House Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing titled "Health Information Technology: Improving Quality and Value of Patient Care". See, notice. Location: Room 2123, Rayburn Building.

LOCATION CHANGE. 1:00 PM. The House Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing titled "Electronic Prescribing". See, notice. Location: Room B-318, Rayburn Building.

2:00 PM. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on S 2560, the "Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004". The witnesses will be Marybeth Peters (Register of Copyrights), Gary Shapiro (P/CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association), Robert Holleyman (P/CEO of the Business Software Alliance), Andrew Greenberg (IEEE-USA), Kevin McGuiness (NetCoalition), and Mitch Bainwol (Ch/CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America). See, story titled "Senators Introduce Bill to Amend Copyright Act to Ban Inducement of Infringement" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 925, June 24, 2004. See, notice. Press contact: Margarita Tapia (Hatch) at 202 224-5225 or David Carle (Leahy) at 202 224-4242. Location: Room 226, Dirksen Building.

EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 10. Deadline to submit initial comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its public notice (DA 04-1690) requesting public comments on constitutionally permissible ways for the FCC to identify and eliminate market entry barriers for small telecommunications businesses and to further opportunities in the allocation of spectrum-based services for small businesses and businesses owned by women and minorities. See, notice in the Federal Register, June 22, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 119, at Pages 34672 - 34673. See also, notice of extension [PDF].

Friday, July 23

The House may meet at 9:00 AM. See, Republican Whip Notice.

10:00 AM. The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law will hold a hearing titled "Regulatory Aspects of Voice Over the Internet Protocol (VoIP)". The hearing will be webcast. Press contacts: Press contact: Jeff Lungren or Terry Shawn at 202 225-2492. Location: Room 2141, Rayburn Building.

12:00 NOON. Hewitt Pate, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division, and Timothy Muris, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), will hold a press conference to release a joint DOJ/FTC report titled "Improving Health Care: A Dose of Competition". The DOJ notice also states that "Reporters unable to attend the event may call in. The call-in information is as follows: Dial-in number: 1-800-720-5850. Confirmation number: 25271466. Chairperson: Bruce Jennings
The call-in lines, which are for press only, will open at 11:45 a.m." Location: Room 432, FTC, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

12:30 PM. The Cato Institute will host a panel discussion titled "The Case for CAFTA: Promoting Freedom in our Neighborhood". The speakers will be Dan Griswold (Cato) and Mario Canahuati (Ambassador from Honduras). See, notice and registration page. Lunch will be served. Location: Room B-354, Rayburn Building.

Deadline to submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding a national one call notification system. The FCC adopted this NPRM on May 13, 2004, and released the text [34 pages in PDF] on May 14, 2004. See, story titled "FCC Adopts NPRM Regarding One Call Notification System" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 899, May 17, 2004. This NPRM is FCC 04-111 in CC Docket No. 92-105. See, notice in the Federal Register, June 8, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 110, at Pages 31930 - 31939.

Deadline to submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) [30 pages in PDF] regarding its annual report to the Congress on the status of competition in the market for the delivery of video programming. See also, story titled "FCC Adopts NOI For Annual Report to Congress on Video Programming" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 916, June 11, 2004. This NOI is FCC 04-136 in MB Docket No. 04-227. See also, notice in the Federal Register, July 1, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 126, at Pages 39930 - 39933.

Monday, July 26

The House and Senate tentatively will not meet from July 26 through September 6.

The Democratic National Convention will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on July 26 through July 30.

Deadline to submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the reporting requirements for U.S. providers of international telecommunications services. This NPRM is FCC 04-70 in IB Docket No. 04-112. See, notice in the Federal Register, May 25, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 101, at Pages 29676 - 29681.

Wednesday, July 28

9:00 AM - 1:30 PM. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold a public meeting on Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). Location: Room 4830, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW. See, NTIA notice July 20, 2004, and notice in the Federal Register, July 15, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 135, at Page 42422.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Technological Advisory Council will meet. See, FCC notice [PDF] and notice in the Federal Register, July 6, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 128, at Pages 40638. Location: FCC, 445 12th St., SW., Room TW-C305.

2:00 - 4:00 PM. There will be a meeting of the WRC-07 Advisory Committee, Informal Working Group 3: IMT-2000 and 2.5 GHz Sharing Issues. See, FCC notice [PDF]. Location: FCC, 445 12th Street, SW, Room 7-B516 (South Conference Room 7th Floor), Washington DC.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Auction No. 56 is scheduled to begin. This pertains to licenses in the 24 GHz Service in the 24.25-24.45 GHz and 25.05-25.25 GHz bands. See, notice in the Federal Register, April 20, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 76, at Pages 21099 - 21110.

Deadline to submit nominations to the Department of Commerce for consideration for the 2005 Medal of Technology awards. See, notice.

Deadline to submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding unlicensed use of the 3650-3700 MHz band. The FCC adopted this NPRM on April 15, 2004. This item is FCC 04-100 in ET Docket Nos. 04-151, 02-380 and 98-237. See, notice in the Federal Register, May 14, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 94, at Pages 26790 - 26803. See also, story titled "FCC Announces NPRM Regarding Unlicensed Use in the 3650-3700 MHz Band" in TLJ Daily E-Mail Alert No. 878, April 16, 2004.

Deadline to submit reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding changes to the FCC Form 477 local competition and broadband data gathering program. This NPRM is FCC 04-81 in WC Docket No. 04-141. See, notice in the Federal Register, May 27, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 103, at Pages 30252 - 30277.

Thursday, July 29

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Media Bureau will sponsor a symposium titled "A La Carte MVPD Pricing". Location: FCC, 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-C305 (Commission Meeting Room).

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award will hold a partially closed meeting. See, notice in the Federal Register, June 28, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 123, at Pages 36063 - 36064. Location: 222, Red Training Room, Gaithersburg, MD.

Extended deadline to submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding its proceeding titled "In the Matter of Review of the Commission's Broadcast and Cable Equal Employment Opportunity Rules and Policies". This is MM Docket No. 98-204. See, notice of extension [PDF].

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