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SA 1127. Ms. SNOWE (for herself and Ms. Landrieu) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill H.R. 627, to amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish fair and transparent practices relating to the extension of credit under an open end consumer credit plan, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:


At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __X. SMALL BUSINESS INFORMATION SECURITY TASK FORCE.
(a) Definitions.--In this section--
(1) the terms ``Administration'' and ``Administrator'' mean the Small Business Administration and the Administrator thereof, respectively;
(2) the term ``small business concern'' has the same meaning as in section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632); and
(3) the term ``task force'' means the task force established under subsection (b).
(b) Establishment.--The Administrator shall, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, establish a task force, to be known as the Small Business Information Security Task Force, to address the information technology security needs of small business concerns and to help small business concerns prevent the loss of credit card data.
(c) Duties.--The task force shall--
(1) identify--
(A) the information technology security needs of small business concerns; and
(B) the programs and services provided by the Federal Government, State Governments, and nongovernment organizations that serve those needs;
(2) assess the extent to which the programs and services identified under paragraph (1)(B) serve the needs identified under paragraph (1)(A);
(3) make recommendations to the Administrator on how to more effectively serve the needs identified under paragraph (1)(A) through--
(A) programs and services identified under paragraph (1)(B); and
(B) new programs and services promoted by the task force;
(4) make recommendations on how the Administrator may promote--
(A) new programs and services that the task force recommends under paragraph (3)(B); and
(B) programs and services identified under paragraph (1)(B);
(5) make recommendations on how the Administrator may inform and educate with respect to--
(A) the needs identified under paragraph (1)(A);
(B) new programs and services that the task force recommends under paragraph (3)(B); and
(C) programs and services identified under paragraph (1)(B);
(6) make recommendations on how the Administrator may more effectively work with public and private interests to address the information technology security needs of small business concerns; and
(7) make recommendations on the creation of a permanent advisory board that would make recommendations to the Administrator on how to address the information technology security needs of small business concerns.
(d) Internet Website Recommendations.--The task force shall make recommendations to the Administrator relating to the establishment of an Internet website to be used by the Administration to receive and dispense information and resources with respect to the needs identified under subsection (c)(1)(A) and the programs and services identified under subsection (c)(1)(B). As part of the recommendations, the task force shall identify the Internet sites of appropriate programs, services,
and organizations, both public and private, to which the Internet website should link.
(e) Education Programs.--The task force shall make recommendations to the Administrator relating to developing additional education materials and programs with respect to the needs identified under subsection (c)(1)(A).
(f) Existing Materials.--The task force shall organize and distribute existing materials that inform and educate with respect to the needs identified under subsection (c)(1)(A) and the programs and services identified under subsection (c)(1)(B).
(g) Coordination With Public and Private Sector.--In carrying out its responsibilities under this section, the task force shall coordinate with, and may accept materials and assistance as it determines appropriate from, public and private entities, including--
(1) any subordinate officer of the Administrator;
(2) any organization authorized by the Small Business Act to provide assistance and advice to small business concerns;
(3) other Federal agencies, their officers, or employees; and
(4) any other organization, entity, or person not described in paragraph (1), (2), or (3).
(h) Appointment of Members.--
(1) CHAIRPERSON AND VICE-CHAIRPERSON.--The task force shall have--
(A) a Chairperson, appointed by the Administrator; and
(B) a Vice-Chairperson, appointed by the Administrator, in consultation with appropriate nongovernmental organizations, entities, or persons.
(2) MEMBERS.--
(A) CHAIRPERSON AND VICE-CHAIRPERSON.--The Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson shall serve as members of the task force.
(B) ADDITIONAL MEMBERS.--
(i) IN GENERAL.--The task force shall have additional members, each of whom shall be appointed by the Chairperson, with the approval of the Administrator.
(ii) NUMBER OF MEMBERS.--The number of additional members shall be determined by the Chairperson, in consultation with the Administrator, except that--
(I) the additional members shall include, for each of the groups specified in paragraph (3), at least 1 member appointed from within that group; and
(II) the number of additional members shall not exceed 13.
(3) GROUPS REPRESENTED.--The groups specified in this paragraph are--
(A) subject matter experts;
(B) users of information technologies within small business concerns;
(C) vendors of information technologies to small business concerns;
(D) academics with expertise in the use of information technologies to support business;
(E) small business trade associations;
(F) Federal, State, or local agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, engaged in securing cyberspace; and
(G) information technology training providers with expertise in the use of information technologies to support business.
(4) POLITICAL AFFILIATION.--The appointments under this subsection shall be made without regard to political affiliation.
(i) Meetings.--
(1) FREQUENCY.--The task force shall meet at least 2 times per year, and more frequently if necessary to perform its duties.
(2) QUORUM.--A majority of the members of the task force shall constitute a quorum.
(3) LOCATION.--The Administrator shall designate, and make available to the task force, a location at a facility under the control of the Administrator for use by the task force for its meetings.
(4) MINUTES.--
(A) IN GENERAL.--Not later than 30 days after the date of each meeting, the task force shall publish the minutes of the meeting in the Federal Register and shall submit to Administrator any findings or recommendations approved at the meeting.
(B) SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS.--Not later than 60 days after the date that the Administrator receives minutes under subparagraph (A), the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives such minutes, together with any comments the Administrator considers appropriate.
(5) FINDINGS.--
(A) IN GENERAL.--Not later than the date on which the task force terminates under subsection (m), the task force shall submit to the Administrator a final report on any findings and recommendations of the task force approved at a meeting of the task force.
(B) SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS.--Not later than 90 days after the date on which the Administrator receives the report under subparagraph (A), the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives the full text of the report submitted under subparagraph (A), together with any comments the Administrator considers appropriate.
(j) Personnel Matters.--
(1) COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS.--Each member of the task force shall serve without pay for their service on the task force.
(2) TRAVEL EXPENSES.--Each member of the task force shall receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with applicable provisions under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code.
(3) DETAIL OF SBA EMPLOYEES.--The Administrator may detail, without reimbursement, any of the personnel of the Administration to the task force to assist it in carrying out the duties of the task force. Such a detail shall be without interruption or loss of civil status or privilege.
(4) SBA SUPPORT OF THE TASK FORCE.--Upon the request of the task force, the Administrator shall provide to the task force the administrative support services that the Administrator and the Chairperson jointly determine to be necessary for the task force to carry out its duties.
(k) Not Subject to Federal Advisory Committee Act.--The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the task force.
(l) Startup Deadlines.--The initial appointment of the members of the task force shall be completed not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, and the first meeting of the task force shall be not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.
(m) Termination.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), the task force shall terminate at the end of fiscal year 2013.
(2) EXCEPTION.--If, as of the termination date under paragraph (1), the task force has not complied with subsection (i)(4) with respect to 1 or more meetings, then the task force shall continue after the termination date for the sole purpose of achieving compliance with subsection (i)(4) with respect to those meetings.
(n) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $300,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2013.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on May 14, 2009.)