[Federal Register: September 30, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 188)]
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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Small Business Information Security Task Force; Request for
AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
ACTION: Request for nominations.
SUMMARY: On May 22, 2009, Public Law 111-24 was signed by the President
establishing, among other things, a Small Business Information Security
Task Force. This task force was established to address the information
technology security needs of small businesses and to help small
businesses prevent the loss of credit card data. SBA is now requesting
nominations for members of this task force.
DATES: Submit nominations on or before 5 p.m. EST October 16, 2009 per
the instructions below.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing
further information regarding this request for nominations may contact
Jack Bienko, via telephone (202) 205-6052, fax (202) 481-2636, e-mail
john.bienko (at) sba.gov or mail U.S. Small Business Administration, 409
3rd Street, SW., 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20416.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SBA is requesting nominations for the Small
Business Information Security Task Force. SBA encourages all qualified
candidates to apply. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by
Function of the Task Force
This task force was established by section 507 of Public Law 111-24
to assess the information security needs of small business concerns,
including the programs and services currently available, and make
recommendations to SBA as to new programs and services which will help
small businesses address those concerns. Specifically, the task force
1. Identify the information technology security needs of small
2. Identify and assess the programs and services provided by
Federal and State governments and non-government organizations which
serve the information technology security needs of small business
3. Make recommendations to SBA on how to more effectively serve
small business information technology security needs through the
creation of new Federal programs and services, small business education
and training, or more effective marketing of existing programs,
4. Make recommendations on how SBA can better inform and educate
small businesses on information technology security concerns, including
use of the Internet,
5. Assess and recommend whether a permanent advisory board should
6. Provide SBA with a comprehensive list of Internet sites
containing appropriate and relevant information on small business
information technology security needs of which SBA should link, and
7. Prepare a final report with recommendations for SBA, which will
be submitted to Congress.
From the nominations received, the SBA Administrator will appoint a
Chair and Vice Chair of the task force. The Administrator will then
work with the Chair to appoint up to 13 additional members; at least
one from each of the following categories who will serve as
representatives of their respective constituency:
1. Subject matter experts,
2. Users of information technology within small business concerns,
3. Vendors of information technologies for small business concerns,
4. Academics with expertise in the use of information technologies
to support business,
5. Small business trade associations,
6. Federal, state or local agencies engaged in securing cyberspace,
7. Information technology training providers with expertise on the
use of information technologies to support business.
The entire task force will meet at least twice per year in
Washington DC. Other meetings may occur via conference call.
All members will be considered representatives and will not be paid
for participation however the Agency will pay travel and per diem
expenses while members are attending required meetings in Washington,
All task force members are expected to fully participate in the
task force and come to the twice-yearly meetings in Washington DC.
What To Send
1. Letter of Nomination: nominees should send a letter of self-
nomination or a letter of nomination from a peer or professional
organization or society. This letter must indicate which category the
nominee fulfills and highlight accomplishments, including studies,
publications and professional accomplishments related to small business
information technology security issues.
2. Current resume.
3. Biographical sketch (optional) no more than two pages listing
areas of expertise related to information technology security and small
business, research activities, service on other Federal advisory
committees and professional organizations.
4. Nomination Form: Nominees must complete and sign SBA Form 898
(available at http://www.sba.gov/nac).
All nominees are subject to a conflict of interest determination by
SBA and will not be considered eligible until such determination is
made. Nominations must be sent to Jack Bienko at the above information.
E-mail and fax are preferred methods of submission.
Dated: September 25, 2009.
Associate Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development.
[FR Doc. E9-23538 Filed 9-29-09; 8:45 am]
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