[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 5 (Monday, January 9, 2017)]
[Pages 2436-2437]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-00125]



Federal Highway Administration

[FHWA Docket No. FHWA-2016-0033]

Motorcyclist Advisory Council to the Federal Highway 

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Establishment of the Motorcyclist Advisory Council to 
the Federal Highway Administration; Request for Nominations.


SUMMARY: The FHWA announces the establishment of the Motorcyclist 
Advisory Council (MAC) for a 2-year period. The MAC will coordinate 
with and advise the FHWA Administrator on infrastructure issues of 
concern to motorcyclists, including: (1) Barrier design; (2) road 
design, construction, and maintenance practices; and (3) the 
architecture and implementation of intelligent transportation system 
technologies. The FHWA seeks member nominations for the MAC.

DATES: The deadline for nominations for MAC membership is February 23, 

ADDRESSES: All nomination materials should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed attention to Mr. Michael Griffith, Federal 
Highway Administration, Office of Safety, Room E71-312, 1200 New Jersey 
Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590. Any person needing accessibility 
accommodations should contact Michael Griffith at (202) 366-9469.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Griffith, Office of 
Safety, (202) 366-9469 or [email protected]; 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., 
Washington, DC 20590; or Ms. Seetha Srinivasan, Office of the Chief 
Counsel--Legislation, Regulation, and General Law Division, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-4099 or 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1426 of the Fixing America's Surface 
Transportation Act (Pub. L. 114-94) requires the establishment of a 
Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC). The Secretary, acting through the 
Administrator of the FHWA, is required

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to appoint a MAC to coordinate with and advise the Administrator on 
infrastructure issues of concern to motorcyclists, including:
    (1) Barrier design;
    (2) Road design, construction, and maintenance practices; and
    (3) The architecture and implementation of intelligent 
transportation system technologies.
    Pursuant to Section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act 
(FACA), and in accordance with 41 CFR 102-3.65, and following 
consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General 
Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the MAC will be 
established for up to a 2-year period.
    The MAC shall comprise not more than 10 members appointed by the 
Secretary of Transportation for terms of up to 2 years. Members serve 
at the pleasure of the Secretary. The Secretary may extend appointments 
and may appoint replacements for members who have resigned outside of a 
stated term, as necessary. Members may continue to serve until their 
replacements have been appointed.
    The MAC seeks to have a fairly balanced membership with expertise 
in highway engineering, safety analysis, and motorcycling. 
Specifically, the following are the categories of members that shall be 
included in the MAC:
    (1) Experts from State/local government in highway engineering 
issues, including:
    (A) Barrier design;
    (B) Road design, construction, maintenance; and/or
    (C) Intelligent Transportation Systems;
    (2) State/local traffic and safety engineers, design engineers, or 
other transportation department officials who are motorcyclists;
    (3) A representative from a national motorcyclist association;
    (4) A roadway safety data expert on crash testing/analysis; and
    (5) A member of a national safety organization that represents the 
traffic safety systems industry.
    This document gives notice of this process to potential 
participants and affords them the opportunity to request representation 
on the MAC. The procedure for requesting such representation is set out 
below. The FHWA is aware that there are many more potential 
organizations and participants than there are membership slots on the 
MAC. Organizations and participants should be prepared to support their 
participation on the MAC.
    It is important to recognize that interested parties who are not 
selected to membership on the MAC can make valuable contributions to 
the work of the MAC in any of several ways. Interested persons shall be 
permitted to attend, appear before, or file statements with any 
advisory committee, subject to such reasonable rules or regulations as 
the Administrator may prescribe.
    Any member of the public is welcome to attend the MAC meetings, 
and, as provided in FACA, speak to the MAC. Time will be set aside 
during each meeting for this purpose, consistent with the MAC's need 
for sufficient time to complete its deliberations.
    The MAC meetings will be held approximately twice per Federal 
fiscal year, once in-person and once by web conference. Notice of each 
meeting shall be published in the Federal Register at least 15 calendar 
days prior to the date of the meeting. The meeting agenda and all 
relevant meeting information will be posted in advance of each meeting 
on the Web site (http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/motorcycles).
    Every effort will be made to select MAC members who are objective 
and support the functions to be performed by the MAC. A balance is 
needed and weight is given to a variety of factors including, but not 
limited to, geographical distribution, gender, minority status, 
organization, and expertise. Some MAC members may be appointed as 
Special Government Employees and will be subject to certain ethical 
restrictions, and such members will be required to submit certain 
information in connection with the appointment process. With the 
exception of travel and per diem for official travel, members will 
serve without compensation.
    A potential member may self-nominate or be nominated by an 
interested organization. Each nomination for membership should submit a 
letter of application that includes the following:
    (1) The name, title, and relevant contact information (including 
phone and email address) of the nominee;
    (2) a brief statement detailing interest for involvement in the 
    (3) A brief professional summary or r[eacute]sum[eacute], including 
years of experience; relevant professional experience; geographic 
representation; and examples of previous leadership role in related 
committees, organizations, or advisory panels;
    (4) A detailed description of the nominee's experience and 
expertise of the subject matter categories described above;
    (5) Evidence that the nominee is authorized to represent parties 
related to the interest the person proposes to represent;
    (6) An affirmative statement that the nominee meets all MAC 
eligibility requirements; and
    (7) Optional support materials to emphasize interest and 
experience. This may include letters of recommendations, up to 3 
references, publications and/or research.
    Please do not send company, trade association, or organization 
brochures or any similar information. Should more information be 
needed, DOT staff will contact the nominee, obtain information from the 
nominee's past affiliations, or obtain information from publicly 
available sources, such as the Internet.
    Nominations may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the 
attention of Michael Griffith, Federal Highway Administration, Office 
of Safety, Room E71-312, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 
20590. Nominations must be received by February 23, 2017. Nominees 
selected for appointment to the MAC will be notified by return email 
and by a letter of appointment.
    A selection team comprising representatives from DOT offices will 
review the nomination packages. The Federal Highway Administrator will 
submit a list of recommended candidates to the Secretary of 
Transportation for review and selection of MAC members. The selection 
team will make recommendations regarding membership to the Secretary of 
Transportation through the Federal Highway Administrator based on 
criteria including: (1) Professional or academic expertise, experience, 
and knowledge relevant to the MAC activities described above; (2) the 
member categories described above; and (3) availability and willingness 
to serve.
    Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, 
color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical 
handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that 
recommendations to the Secretary take into account the needs of the 
diverse groups served by DOT, membership shall include, to the extent 
practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent 
minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

    Issued on: December 21, 2016.
Gregory G. Nadeau,
Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.
[FR Doc. 2017-00125 Filed 1-6-17; 8:45 am]