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NATIONAL SECURITY TASK FORCE
The National Security Task Force is responsible for developing and advancing U.S. Chamber of Commerce policy related to cybersecurity, supply chain, customs and trade facilitation, public-private partnerships, and emergency preparedness. Chaired by former Pennsylvania Governor and first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, the Task Force is composed of approximately 200 companies, associations, and state and local chambers that represent a broad spectrum of the American economy.
The Task Force advances Chamber priorities on national security by engaging Capitol Hill, the administration, and international governments. Working groups within the Task Force on cybersecurity and global supply chains identify current and emerging issues, craft policies, and insistently pursue reforms through advocacy. Information and communications technologies constantly transform commerce and create new vulnerabilities in the global economy. The Cybersecurity Working Group works to address these issues. The Global Supply Chain and Trade Facilitation Working Group, alternatively, focuses on trade, customs, security and their intersection with the global movement of goods at international borders. The group aggressively works around the globe to ensure that regulation and legislation are mindful of the economic need to facilitate trade and the free movement of goods to enhance U.S. competitiveness.
Last year, the Task Force launched its Cybersecurity Leadership Council, a group of businesses and associations that have come together to promote cybersecurity policy to promote the adoption of best practices and market-based solutions. By creating a forum for businesses to have an open dialogue about what is effective, missing, or needed regarding cybersecurity policy or practices, the Council directs Chamber advocacy and education efforts and serves as a key voice of industry for dialogue with policymakers.
Chairman: Thomas Ridge, Ridge Global
Staff Executive: Ann M. Beauchesne, (202) 463-3100
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report outlining recommendations to make enhancements to trade and security mutually supportive along the U.S.-Mexico border. Steps to a 21st Century U.S.-Mexico Border makes a series of proposals addressing trade facilitation, supply-chain security, infrastructure, immigration, and travel issues that define the border and determine its efficiency.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with 47 business associations from both sides of the border, issued a joint report entitled Finding the Balance: Shared Border of the Future.
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