[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 113 (Wednesday, June 11, 2008)]
[Page 33102]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-13083]



[Docket No. DHS-2008-0055]

Homeland Security Advisory Council

AGENCY: Policy Directorate, DHS.

ACTION: Committee Management; Notice of Partially Closed Federal 
Advisory Committee Meeting.


SUMMARY: The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) will meet for 
purposes of reviewing recommendations from the Essential Technology 
Task Force (ETTF) on June 25, 2008, in Washington, DC. In addition, the 
HSAC will receive briefings from Secretary Michael Chertoff and other 
DHS officials. The meeting will be partially closed to the public.

DATES: The HSAC will meet June 25, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The 
meeting will be closed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 12 p.m. to 3:30 

ADDRESSES: The open portion of the meeting will be held in Salon II at 
the Ritz-Carlton Hotel located at 1150 22nd Street, NW. in Washington, 
DC. Requests to have written material distributed to each member of the 
committee prior to the meeting should reach the contact person at the 
address below by June 18, 2008. Comments must be identified by DHS-
2008-0055 and may be submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: [email protected]. Include the docket number in the 
subject line of the message.
     Fax: 202-282-9207.
     Mail: Homeland Security Advisory Council, c/o Jennifer 
Myers, 245 Murray Drive, SW., Building 410, Mailstop 0850, Washington, 
DC 20528.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the words 
``Department of Homeland Security'' and the docket number for this 
action. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received by the HSAC, go to http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Myers, Homeland Security 
Advisory Council, (202) 447-3135, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is given under the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463). The 
HSAC provides independent advice to the Secretary of the Department of 
Homeland Security to aid in the creation and expeditious implementation 
of critical and actionable policy and operational capacities across the 
spectrum of homeland security operations. The HSAC shall periodically 
report, as appropriate, to the Secretary on matters within the scope of 
that function. The HSAC serves as an advisory body with the goal of 
providing advice upon the request of the Secretary.
    Public Attendance: Members of the public may register to attend the 
public session on a first-come, first-served basis per the procedures 
that follow. For security reasons, we request that any member of the 
public wishing to attend the public session provide his or her full 
legal name, date of birth and contact information no later than 5 p.m. 
EST on June 18, 2008, to Jennifer Myers or a staff member of the HSAC 
via e-mail at [email protected] or via phone at (202) 447-3135. Photo 
identification may be required for entry into the public session. 
Registration begins at 10 a.m. Those attending the public session of 
the meeting must be present and seated by 10:45 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 12 
p.m., the HSAC will meet to review and deliberate recommendations from 
the Essential Technology Task Force (ETTF). The ETTF has focused on 
identifying priorities for DHS and relevant partners to improve 
acquisition of large scale technologies.
    Closed portions of the meeting will include updates on operational 
challenges, intelligence briefings, and pre-decisional policies. During 
the closed portions of the meeting, speakers from various DHS 
components, including: Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Secret 
Service, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Policy Directorate, 
Management Directorate, the Transportation Security Administration, 
U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will 
brief the members on successes, challenges and vulnerabilities 
affecting the component's mission. The briefings will include 
information on sensitive homeland procedures and the capabilities of 
the Department of Homeland Security components.
    Identification for Services for Individuals with Disabilities: For 
information on facilities or services for individuals with 
disabilities, or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact 
Jennifer Myers as soon as possible.
    Basis for Closure: In accordance with Section 10(d) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act, it has been determined that this HSAC meeting 
concerns matters that ``disclose investigative techniques and 
procedures'' under 25 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(b) and are ``likely to 
significantly frustrate implementation of a proposed agency action'' 
within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(7)(e) and that, accordingly, the 
meeting will be partially closed to the public.
    Release of information presented during the briefings and the 
nature of the discussion could lead to premature disclosure of 
information on Department of Homeland Security actions that would be 
``likely to significantly frustrate implementation of a proposed agency 
action.'' Additionally, discussion of ongoing investigations with 
Department of Homeland Security enforcement components and outside law 
enforcement partners falls within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. 552b(7)(e) 
insofar as they will ``disclose investigative techniques and 
    Exhibit Open to Public: DHS' Office of Public Affairs is hosting an 
exhibit open to the public to include component display and information 
stations. Public viewing begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m.

    Dated: June 5, 2008.
Stewart A. Baker,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security.
 [FR Doc. E8-13083 Filed 6-10-08; 8:45 am]