28 April 2006


[Federal Register: April 27, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 81)]
[Page 24859]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



[Docket No. NCS-2006-0004]

Preparedness Directorate; National Security Telecommunications 
Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Preparedness Directorate, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of partially closed advisory committee meeting.


SUMMARY: The President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory 
Committee (NSTAC) will meet in a partially closed session.

DATES: Wednesday, May 10, 2006, from 9:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building 
and International Trade Center, Washington, DC. If you desire to submit 
comments, they must be submitted by May 2, 2006. Comments must be 
identified by NCS-2006-0004 and may be submitted by one of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: NSTAC@dhs.gov. Include docket number in the 
subject line of the message.
     Mail: Office of the Manager, National Communications 
System (N5), Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20529.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the words 
``Department of Homeland Security'' and NCS-2006-0004, the docket 
number for this action. Comments received will be posted without 
alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 

information provided.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received by the NSTAC, go to http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Kiesha Gebreyes, Chief, Industry 
Operations Branch at (703) 235-5525, e-mail: kiesha.gebreyes@dhs.gov or 
write the Deputy Manager, National Communications System, Department of 
Homeland Security, IP/NCS/N5.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NSTAC advises the President of the 
United States on issues and problems related to implementing national 
security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) telecommunications policy. 
Notice of this meeting and the partial closure thereof is given under 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Pub. L. 92-463, as amended 
(5 U.S.C. App. 1 et seq.).
    At the upcoming meeting, between 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., the 
committee will discuss ongoing NSTAC task force work of the Emergency 
Communications & Interoperability Task Force, Telecommunications and 
Electric Power Interdependency Task Force, Legislative and Regulatory 
Task Force, and Research and Development Task Force. This portion of 
the meeting will be open to the public.
    Following the morning Business Session, the committee will hold an 
Executive Session between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 
discuss emergency communications & interoperability, international 
implications of the NGN, and regional coordination, planning, and 
exercises. The Executive Session will conclude with a discussion of the 
findings and conclusions reached during the meeting. This portion of 
the meeting will be closed to the public.
    Basis for Closure: The Executive Session will likely include 
discussions of sensitive infrastructure information concerning system 
threats and explicit physical/cyber vulnerabilities related to current 
emergency communications capabilities and the use of national security 
and emergency preparedness services over the next generation networks. 
Public disclosure of such information would heighten awareness of 
potential vulnerabilities and increase the likelihood of exploitation 
by terrorists or other motivated adversaries.
    The Executive Session will occur between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 
and will involve sensitive information. Pursuant to Section 10(d) of 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 
U.S.C. App. 1 et seq.), the Department has determined that this 
discussion will concern matters which, if disclosed, would be likely to 
frustrate significantly the implementation of a proposed agency action. 
Accordingly, the relevant portion of this meeting will be closed to the 
public pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B).

    Dated: April 5, 2006.
Peter M. Fonash,
Deputy Manager National Communications System.
[FR Doc. 06-3994 Filed 4-26-06; 8:45 am]