Thursday, September 13, 2012

HSSTAC Meeting Announced

Today DHS announced in the Federal Register (77 FR 56662-56663) that the newly reconstituted Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC) will be holding its first meeting on September 27th and 28th in Washington, DC. This public meeting will allow the Committee to establish its working priorities and organizational structure.

HSSTAC Purpose

This advisory committee was established to advise the DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology on areas including:

• Systems engineering;

• Cybersecurity;

• Knowledge management; and

• How best to leverage related technologies funded by other federal agencies and by the private sector.


The first day of the meeting will consist of briefings of the new committee by various organizations within the Department. On the second day the Committee will focus on:

• How technology can address homeland security challenges;

• Accelerating innovation through systems analysis; and

• Leveraging industry for impact

Based upon the briefings received, public input and Committee discussions Department officials will provide direction to the HSSTAC on their priorities and the establishment of sub-committees to address identified issues.

Public Participation

The public is invited to participate in these deliberations. Pre-registration to attend the meeting is required and may be accomplished on-line. There will be a public comment period on the second day of the meeting. Comments should be limited to 3 minutes and pre-registration of the intent to make a public comment is required; contact Mary Hanson, HSSTAC Executive Director. Written comments may be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (; Docket # DHS-2012-0053).

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