Tuesday, February 5, 2013

NSTAC Meeting Announced – 2-21-13

Today the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) published a meeting notice in the Federal Register (78 FR 8160-8161) for a public meeting of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). The meeting will be held via conference call on February 21st, 2013.


The NSTAC will discuss the draft of a report for President Obama on the national security and emergency preparedness implications of the establishment of a nationwide public safety broadband network. The report will recommend that the President support the public safety broadband network project by suggesting:

• Organizational streamlining;
• Policy changes;
• Technical initiatives;
• Reporting requirements, and
• Funding measures.

The teleconference will also address the progress being made by the Secure Government Communications Subcommittee in examining the use of commercial-off-the-shelf technologies and commercial best practices to help secure between Federal civilian agencies.

Public Participation

Public participation is being solicited by the NPPD notice. Written comments on the topics listed above may be submitted by using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (www.Regulations.gov; Docket # DHS-2013-0002) by February 20th. Personnel wishing to make brief oral presentations on these topics may register to do so by contacting Sue Daage (sue.daage@hq.dhs.gov) by February 14th. Ms. Daage is also the person to contact to obtain access to the meeting’s phone bridge.

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