The DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) published a notice in today’s Federal Register (76 FR 36137-36138) that the National Infrastructure Advisory Council would be meeting on July 12th, 2011 in Washington, DC. While this is a public meeting, participation in the Council’s deliberations will be limited to Council members, appropriate Federal officials and specifically invited persons.
Information Sharing Study
The main focus of this meeting will be an update on the on-going information sharing study. As I noted in an earlier blog the working group focusing on this topic had earlier decided to do case studies in five different critical sectors, including the chemical sector. Three of the other four sectors (Commercial Facilities, Healthcare, and Oil & Natural Gas) would also include CFATS covered facilities.
It will be interesting to see if the information sharing discussion at this meeting will include mention of the establishment of a chemical facility fusion center that I suggested in my earlier submission to the NIAC.
While public participation in the deliberations will not be allowed, NIAC will set aside 30 minutes at the end of the meeting to hear the public’s input on information sharing. Speakers are limited to 3 minutes and must register at least 15 minutes in advance. Speakers will be heard in the order of registration.
Written comments may also be submitted in advance for consideration by council members. Such comments should be received by July 5th and may be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (http://www.regulations.gov/, Docket # DHS-2011-0034).