[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 146 (Monday, July 30, 2012)]
[Pages 44641-44642]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18536]



[Docket No. DHS-2012-0037]

President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory 

AGENCY: National Protection and Programs Directorate, DHS.

ACTION: Committee Management; Notice of an Open Federal Advisory 
Committee Teleconference.


SUMMARY: The President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory 
Committee (NSTAC) will meet on Thursday, August 16, 2012, via a 
conference call. The meeting will be open to the public.

DATES: The NSTAC will meet Thursday, August 16, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 
3:15 p.m. Please note that the meeting may close early if the committee 
has completed its business.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via a conference call. For access 
to the

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conference bridge, contact Ms. Deirdre Gallop-Anderson by email at 
[email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on August 9, 2012.
    To facilitate public participation, we are inviting public comment 
on the issues to be considered by the committee as listed in the 
``Supplementary Information'' section below. Documents associated with 
the issues to be discussed during the conference will be available at 
www.ncs.gov/nstac for review by August 10, 2012. Written comments must 
be received by the NSTAC Designated Federal Officer no later than 
August 30, 2012 and may be submitted by any one of the following 
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting written comments.
     Email: [email protected]. Include the docket number in the 
subject line of the email message.
     Fax: (703) 235-4981.
     Mail: Alternate Designated Federal Officer, National 
Communications System, National Protection and Programs Directorate, 
Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Mail Stop 0615, 
Arlington, VA 20598-0615.
    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 
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.
    Docket: For access to the docket, including all documents and 
comments received by the NSTAC, go to www.regulations.gov.
    A public comment period will be held during the meeting on August 
16, 2012, from 2:55 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. Speakers who wish to participate 
in the public comment period must register in advance no later than 
5:00 p.m. on August 9, 2012, by emailing Deirdre Gallop-Anderson at 
[email protected]. Speakers are requested to limit their 
comments to three minutes and will speak in order of registration as 
time permits. Please note that the public comment period may end before 
the time indicated, following the last call for comments.

Designated Federal Officer, Department of Homeland Security, telephone 
(703) 235-4900.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is given under the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463). The 
NSTAC advises the President on matters related to national security and 
emergency preparedness telecommunications policy.
    Agenda: The NSTAC members will receive an update on progress made 
to date by the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) 
Research Subcommittee. The NPSBN Research Subcommittee is focusing on 
what National Security Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) policy changes 
should be considered in order to: (1) Facilitate priority access that 
may be required across the diverse community of potential NPSBN users, 
particularly during NS/EP situations; (2) support NPSBN access, 
interoperability, security, reliability, and resiliency; and (3) help 
ensure the deployment and evolution of the NPSBN is in such a manner 
that accounts for each state and local jurisdiction's diverse 
capabilities, while helping to ensure scalability to the national 
    Next, NSTAC members will discuss the findings of their review of 
the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Cybersecurity and 
Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). During the NSTAC meeting on 
May 15, 2012, the National Security Staff asked the NSTAC to conduct a 
review of the NCCIC to determine if it is operating in ways consistent 
with the NSTAC's proposed Joint Collaboration Center that the NSTAC 
envisioned in its 2009 Cybersecurity Collaboration Report.
    The NSTAC, in coordination with senior leaders from the White House 
and DHS, will also address potential NSTAC taskings such as the 
National Security Staff's request for the NSTAC to examine how 
commercial off-the-shelf technologies and private sector best practices 
can be used to secure unclassified communications between and among 
Federal civilian departments and agencies.
    Additionally, there will be a discussion regarding whether further 
study is warranted of the NSTAC's recommendation to develop a separate 
``out-of-band'' data network supporting communications among carriers, 
Internet service providers, vendors, and additional critical 
infrastructure owners and operators during a severe cyber incident that 
renders the Internet unusable.

    Dated: July 23, 2012.
Michael Echols,
Alternate Designated Federal Officer for the NSTAC.
[FR Doc. 2012-18536 Filed 7-27-12; 8:45 am]