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Monday, September 20, 2004 - Wednesday, September 22, 2004

TGDC Meeting

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM U.S. Election Assistance Commission
1225 New York Ave, N.W., Suite 1100
Washington, DC, 20005

TGDC Meeting

Public Law 107-252, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), establishes a 15-member Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) to assist the Executive Director of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in the development of voluntary voting system guidelines. HAVA names the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to chair the TGDC and requires NIST to provide the TGDC with technical support necessary to carry out its duties. The TGDC met on July 9, 2004, and resolved to establish three five-member subcommittees, each to be chaired by a member. The EAC subsequently approved formation of the subcommittees. The subcommittees are named: 1) Security and Transparency, 2) Human Factors and Privacy, and 3) Core Requirements and Testing.

The duties of the TGDC include the gathering and analysis of data and information related to the security of computers, human factors, voter privacy, and methods to detect and prevent fraud.  The purpose of the subcommittee meetings is to provide an opportunity for the election community to offer testimony on technical issues related to the TGDC’s voluntary voting standards development process. Each meeting will be chaired by the respective subcommittee chair, and will consist of the presentation of panels of experts by technical subject matter. One hour will be reserved at the conclusion of each day for members of the public to provide up to five minutes of testimony. Members of the public intending to present testimony are requested to indicate this on the advance registration form. Relevant issues include security, transparency, human factors, privacy, core standards requirements and testing of voting systems. Further information on the hearings, including listings of subcommittee members and panel topics, is available at http://vote.nist.gov .

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