THE FOUNDATION FOR AMERICAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (fast)

American innovation to create American jobs.

FAST Premier Programs

CyberUSA

A community of communities across the United States devoted to cyber jobs, cyber innovation and cyber security.


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Getting to Global

A public-private partnership including the Small Business Administration, the US Postal Service and private sector leaders such as eBay, Google, Facebook, and Pitney Bowes.


Dedicated to elping small- and medium-sized American businesses use e-commerce to rapidly expand their exports and create more jobs.


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Our Purpose

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLGY

This is the foundation for innovation. And from that innovation springs high value, high-wage jobs.


So, FAST supports policies that strengthen American science and technology, as well as the innovation systems embedded in law.

AMERICAN JOBS

Our ultimate purpose is to fund and administer programs that create American jobs through the innovative applications of American science and technology.

JOBS

This is the bottom line. At present, we are focused on two primary programs that will create thousands of high-value American jobs:


Read on to learn more about our two premier projects:


1) Getting to Global

2) CyberUSA


Meet the Team

Hon. Phillip J. Bond, Chairman

A former US Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology, Phil Bond's25-plus year career in Washington has included numerous citations for his leadership roles in the Executive branch, on Capitol Hill, at major high technology companies, and as the CEO of TechAmerica, the largest technology advocacy association in the US.


From 2001 to 2005, Bond was Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Technology and, from 2002-2003, served concurrently as Chief of Staff to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans.  He oversaw the operations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Office of Technology Policy, and the National Technical Information Service. 


Bond joined the Administration from the private sector, where he served as Director of Federal Public Policy for the Hewlett-Packard Company, and previously as Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Treasurer of the Information Technology Industry Council.


From 1993 to 1998, Bond served as Chief of Staff to the late Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn (R-WA). He was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs from 1992 to 1993.


He is a graduate of Linfield College in Oregon. 

Adam J. Rak, Co-founder

Adam Rak is a government relations professional with some 20 years experience in public policy. He has worked for Congress, industry associations and a Fortune 500 company. Focused on the field of government relations, Adam has significant expertise on technology policy with a focus on security and privacy.


Earlier, Rak was the Regional Vice President, Silicon Valley for TechAmerica the nation’s largest high tech trade association. In this role he successfully led the organization’s program, advocacy and sales efforts in the association’s largest and most important market.


He also led Symantec’s Public Affairs program building a global organization. In this role, he had responsibility for managing Symantec’s relationships with government officials and overseeing the company’s worldwide public policy agenda. In addition, he had responsibility for the management of Symantec’s corporate philanthropy, community relations and corporate social responsibility programs.


Prior to joining Symantec, Adam worked in Washington, DC as a legislative aide for former Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly. Adam also worked at TechNet, as the State Public Policy Director. 


He was elected in 2011 to serve as a Trustee of the San Carlos School Board. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife Allison and three daughters.

The late Howard Schmidt, Co-founder

Howard Schmidt advised US Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush on cyber security policy. This capped a career that included military service, law enforcement and global leadership in cyber security. When called, he twice left lucrative private sector employment to return to public service.


Howard served in the US Air Force,  completing three tours of duty in Southeast Asia. He went on to serve in the Arizona Air National Guard, and later became a policeman in Chandler, Arizona. 


In 1997, Schmidt joined Microsoft as the director of information security, chief information security officer (CISO), and chief security officer (CSO). He was the co-founder of the Trustworthy Computing Security Strategies Group. 


After 9/11, President George W. Bush  appointed him vice chair of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and as the special adviser for cyberspace security. While at the White House, he assisted in the creation of the US National Strategy to Secure CyberSpace.


Schmidt joined eBay, serving  as vice president and chief information security officer and chief security strategist.


On Tuesday, December 22, 2009, Schmidt was named as the United States' top computer security advisor to President Barack Obama. 


In May 2012, Schmidt left public service the final time, and established Ridge Schmidt Cyber, a consultancy he shared with Gov. Tom Ridge, the first US Secretary for Homeland Security.


He passed away on March 2, 2017 leaving a legacy of private and public sector leadership that is the model for the Foundation.



 

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