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Congressional Constituent Outreach Toolkit

The Congressional Internet Advisory Committee is excited to collaborate with the Federal Trade Commission and OnGuard Online to emphasize the importance of computer safety and security. This Web site contains sample documents and materials to help congressional offices reach out to constituents about making their home computers more secure. The Federal Trade Commission and the The Congressional Internet Advisory Committee want to remind Americans that properly securing home computers not only can prevent loss of sensitive computer files but also serve national security interests. The materials in these packets can be consulted by Congressional offices to help in the full range of constituent services. The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee encourages you to use the enclosed sample materials to reach out to your constituents through district press releases, general mailings, your Web site, town hall meetings and through constituent response letters on computer security-related inquiries. Since October is National Cyber Security Month your office efforts will be very timely. (Note: We have enclosed a sample press release that can assist your office's efforts.) On this site you will find:

Sample Materials

  1. Press Release: Generic release announcing efforts to educate constituents about computer security.
  2. Web Site Material: HTML code listing basic prevention tips for computer users.
  3. Constituent Letters: Sample constituent letter responding to questions about spyware issues such as symptoms, prevention, and removal.
  4. Newsletter Materials: Includes both a Short article on prevention tips to ensure computer safety and a Full Length Newsletter on several issues including computer security, spam, privacy, and children's online safety.
  5. Town Hall Meeting Materials: Brochures from the GetNetWise campaign and educational materials from OnGuard Online can be used to produce any district town hall meeting on online safety and computer security.

Sample Computer Safety & Security Publications from OnGuard Online: