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July 10, 2002

Re: Davis Amendment to Section 204 of H.R. 5005


Dear House Government Reform Committee Member:

As you vote tomorrow, July 11th, on legislation to create the Department of Homeland Security, vote YES to the Davis Amendment to Section 204 of H.R. 5005.

The undersigned organizations urge you to help thousands of companies that want to share critical infrastructure threat information with the government. Congress needs to address the risks of improper public disclosure of voluntarily provided information regarding potential vulnerabilities of critical facilities and networks. If not adequately protected by Congress, this information will continue to not be shared.

Tom Davis' amendment to Section 204 of H.R. 5005 -- which has bi-partisan support in the House -- would remove legal roadblocks to critical infrastructure threat information sharing. Critical infrastructure threat information is highly sensitive and disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) must not be left to the discretion of federal, state, or local agencies receiving this information.

The undersigned associations, representing a broad range of critical sectors in the U.S., urge you to vote for the Davis amendment so that critical infrastructure threat information will be shared between the private and public sector.


American Chemistry Council
Americans for Computer Privacy
Association for Competitive Technology
American Petroleum Institute
Business Software Alliance
Edison Electric Institute
Financial Services Roundtable
Information Technology Association of America
National Association of Manufacturers
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