Commerce Dept. Official, FTC Veteran Accepts New Leadership Post
WASHINGTON D.C. - Bush administration official Dan Caprio is joining The Progress & Freedom Foundation on April 17 as its executive vice president, a new position, and as a senior fellow. Caprio currently is Chief Privacy Officer and Acting Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He will bring his years of experience in the Bush and Reagan administrations, the Federal Trade Commission and Capitol Hill to the think tank, along with his detailed knowledge of privacy, security, and radio frequency identification (RFID) issues.
"Dan Caprio has been a friend to us at The Progress & Freedom Foundation for many years," said Gifford. "We're pleased that Dan has agreed to join us. His leadership on a broad range of technology policy issues will be an asset to PFF. As Executive Vice President, Dan will work closely with PFF senior fellows on matters of policy import in the digital era while using his leadership skills in helping to guide an ever-growing Foundation."
"It has been an honor and privilege to serve President Bush, Secretary Gutierrez, and former Secretary Evans," Caprio said. "I have always admired PFF and benefited from its events and scholarship. The insight and knowledge that PFF brings to the digital policy debate has never been more important, and I look forward to contributing to the spread of PFF's message of free markets and deregulation."
Caprio joined Commerce in 2004 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy and shortly after that was named by Commerce Secretary Evans as Chief Privacy Officer. Caprio has overseen all Departmental activities related to the development and implementation of federal privacy laws, policies, and practices. He chaired the Department of Commerce Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) working group and co-chaired the Executive Branch RFID Counsel.
Prior to working at Commerce, Caprio served for six years as Chief of Staff to Federal Trade Commissioner Orson Swindle , where he worked as principal technology policy advisor with specific emphasis on information security, privacy, and global electronic commerce. In December 2001, Caprio was appointed to the United States Government Experts Group to revise the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems and Networks.
Caprio has held a range of positions in the federal legislative and executive branches of government, having worked for a member of the U.S. Senate, a number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Representative Frank R. Wolf (R-VA), and at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Reagan Administration where he directed Congressional Relations for the Economic Development Administration.
The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.