Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NARA Announces Meeting of NISPPAC

Today the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) published a meeting notice in the Federal Register (79 FR 24019-24020) for a June 19th meeting of the National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee (NISPPAC). According to the notice the agenda includes a discussion of “National Industrial Security Program policy matters”.

The meeting is going to be held at the Gaylord National Resort in Prince George's Exhibition Hall B and due to “due to space limitations and access procedures” advanced registration is required? That might make some sense if sensitive matters were going to be discussed, but the notice clearly states that this meeting is ‘open to the public’.

And really: “The purpose of this meeting is to discuss National Industrial Security Program policy matters.” Does this fulfill the requirements of 41 CFR 02-3.150 to provide a “summary of the agenda, and/or topics to be discussed”? Of course NISPPAC is going to discuss NISP policy matters, but which ones?

Now NARA is to be commended for giving a month and a half notice instead of just the required 15 days, but is that just an effort to bury this meeting notice? I’m sorry but something smells here.

BTW: 41 CFR 102-3 addresses the management of Federal Advisory Committees not the long outdated 41 CFR 101-6.10 referenced in the notice. More obfuscation?

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