[KI-LC] Fwd: Three clarifications on the Foster Bill status please

Colin Wallis Kantara colin at kantarainitiative.org
Fri Oct 23 21:45:03 UTC 2020

Would the LC like to consider a briefing to all WGs or similar grouping
from Jeremy?
Kind regards and have a good weekend.
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From: Colin Wallis Kantara <colin at kantarainitiative.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2020, 10:51
Subject: Fwd: Three clarifications on the Foster Bill status please
To: Kantara Board of Directors <directors at kantarainitiative.org>


Forwarding Jeremy's email as you may find it informative.

I reached out to him regarding the Foster Bill because I
get continued questions on it from the IAWG and HIAWG.

I think we should take up his offer of a briefing, maybe as a combined WG
thing.. do you concur?

Kind regards

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From: Grant, Jeremy A. <Jeremy.Grant at venable.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 10:48 PM
Subject: RE: Three clarifications on the Foster Bill status please
To: Colin Wallis Kantara <colin at kantarainitiative.org>

Ha!  I guess you could show them this video. https://youtu.be/FFroMQlKiag

On comments, there is no formal process for commenting on legislation, as
the cartoon shows, it either gets advanced or it doesn’t. That said, if
people have comments, you could always write a letter to congressman
Foster.  I’d be happy to give you his staffer’s name who is working on this.

On timing, I think it is a placeholder for something that will happen in
2021. We’re working right now on the Senate side to try to get a
counterpart introduced before Christmas, I think we’ve got a 50-50 chance
at best of that. But this is really to set things up for after the
election.  Also, outside of the grants to states, there is nothing that
actually requires legislation to pass to make it happen. Either a Trump or
Biden administration could do everything else in here with a simple
executive order.  Odds of that happening in a Biden presidency are higher,
as I expect them to focus significantly on digital service delivery if they
take power, most likely at GSA.  Phil has a ton of ideas here, he just
needs resources, dollars and authority.

On the two bills, there is nothing that is not public facing, however,
Foster did introduce two bills. HR 8215 is the comprehensive bill that is
based off of our coalition’s policy blueprint. He also introduced HR 8214,
which is a narrower bill only dealing with NIST. The reason to do that was
that he is a member of the house science committee, which has jurisdiction
over NIST, and so he may be in a position to move that bill as a standalone
separate from the broader bill.

On our side, we are less concerned about process and more about outcomes.
So anything that advances in the element of our policy blueprint, we are
all four. Having said that, I think we’ve got decent odds of actually
advancing the whole package next year.

If it would help for me to do a briefing with some of the folks in Kantara,
let me know, I’d be happy to do so.


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