The CIPB is in contact with lawmakers who are immersed in IT issues, however, and it plans to brief additional members on the strategy before its unveiling, Purdy said. "We have not yet seen the draft," said Matt Raymond, spokesman for Sen. George Allen, R-Va. "[Allen] has met with [CIPB head Richard] Clarke a number of times, and they have discussed these issues. He has had ample opportunity to meet private-sector concerns, and he has had ample access to Clarke."According to the draft, the strategy is likely to support several legislative initiatives that have been the subject of contentious debate in the past. For example, efforts to encourage the private sector to share network data with the federal government have frequently been hampered by industry fears that expanded information sharing will increase the risk of privacy and antitrust law violations. The draft notes that legislative initiatives regarding liability protections could influence private enterprises to adopt the strategys goals. Regarding collaboration with the private sector, some sources said there has been little communication from the CIPB since early this year. The board sent out a broad slate of questions to private-sector executives and security experts, soliciting feedback. But since the answers came back, sources said, administration officials have worked on the plan in private. "They havent shared information iteratively [during the revision process]. They solicited everything upfront and then went into a room and locked the door," said one executive who has seen elements of the strategy. The plan, scheduled for unveiling Sept. 18, was still in a state of flux last week, according to Tiffany Olson, deputy chief of staff at the CIPB at the White House. Not all the recommendations enumerated in draft versions will appear in the final document, Olson said. In addition, the final version will be a work in progress, as the board plans to continue the dialogue and issue regular updates. Related stories:
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Allen, who chairs the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force and has co-sponsored numerous technology-related bills this session, is likely to be familiar with the administrations positions spelled out in the strategy, even though he did not submit direct input, Raymond said.