[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 41 (Thursday, March 1, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12606-12607]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-4897]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

[Docket No. DHS-2011-0121]


Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council; Establishment and 
Meeting

AGENCY: Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: Committee Management; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee 
Establishment and Meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that the 
establishment of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council 
(HSAAC) is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the 
performance of duties of the Office of Academic Engagement. This 
determination follows consultation with the Committee Management 
Secretariat, General Services Administration. The committee will hold 
its inaugural meeting on March 20, 2012.

ADDRESSES: If you desire to submit comments on this action, they must 
be submitted within 30 days after publication of Notice. Comments must 
be identified by DHS-2011-0121 and may be submitted by one of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov. Include the docket 
number in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: 202-447-3713.
     Mail: Academic Engagement, MGMT/Office of Academic 
Engagement/Mailstop 0440, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray 
Lane SW., Washington, DC 20528-0440.
     Instructions: All submissions received must include the 
words ``Department of Homeland Security'' and DHS-2011-0121, 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, go to http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Academic Engagement/Mailstop 
0440, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane SW., Washington, 
DC 20528-0440, tel: 202-447-4686 and fax: 202-447-3713.
    Name of Committee: Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council 
(HSAAC).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For the reasons set forth below, the 
Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that the establishment of 
the HSAAC is necessary and in the public interest. This determination 
follows consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General 
Services Administration.
    HSAAC is being established in accordance with the provisions of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App.). The HSAAC will 
provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary and senior 
leadership on matters relating to student and recent graduate 
recruitment; international students;

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academic research; campus and community resiliency, security and 
preparedness; and faculty exchanges.
    Balanced Membership Plan: HSAAC is composed of up to 22 members who 
are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary of Homeland 
Security. The members shall represent institutions of higher education, 
community colleges, school systems, and/or partnership groups as 
follows:
    a. Up to 13 members representing the following academic 
institutions or organizations: State colleges and universities, 
community colleges, government universities, international education, 
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and 
Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Minority Serving 
Institutions, or the DHS Centers of Excellence. These members are 
appointed to represent their respective academic institution or 
organization and are not Special Government Employees (SGEs) as defined 
in Title 18, United States Code, section 202(a). To the extent 
possible, each of the interests listed shall be represented on the 
committee.
    b. Other such individuals as the Secretary determines to be 
appropriate. The appropriate membership designation for each member in 
this category will be determined at the time of appointment by 
Department ethics officials. Individuals appointed for their expertise 
would be appointed as SGEs. As a candidate for appointment as an SGE, 
applicants are required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure 
Report (OGE Form 450). DHS may not release the reports or the 
information in them to the public except under an order issued by a 
Federal court or as otherwise provided under the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 
5523a).
    Candidates representing academic institutions or organizations will 
be at the highest leadership level of their institution--i.e., 
president, chancellor, or executive director.
    For the initial appointments to the HSAAC, approximately one-third 
of the members shall serve 2-year terms of office, one third shall 
serve 3-year terms of office, and one-third shall serve 4-year terms of 
office. Thereafter, members shall serve terms of office of up to three 
years, with approximately one-third of members' terms of office 
expiring each year.
    The HSAAC expects to meet quarterly, but it may meet more or less 
frequently, depending on the need. Members may receive per diem and 
reimbursement of travel expenses for their service to the Federal 
Government.
    Duration: Continuing.
    Date of Meeting: The Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council 
(HSAAC) will meet on March 20, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 
Washington, DC. The meeting will be open to the public. Please note 
that the meeting may close early if the committee has completed its 
business.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Ronald Reagan International 
Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Floor B, Room B1.5-10, 
Washington, DC 20004. All visitors to the Ronald Reagan International 
Trade Center must bring a Government-issued photo ID. Please use the 
main entrance on 14th Street NW.
    For information on facilities or services for individuals with 
disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, send an 
email to AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov or contact Lindsay Burton at 
202-447-4686 as soon as possible.
    To facilitate public participation, we are inviting public comment 
on the issues to be considered by the committee as listed in the 
``Summary'' section below. Comments must be submitted in writing no 
later than Monday, March 12, 2012, and must be identified by DHS-2011-
0121 and may be submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov. Include the docket 
number in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: 202-447-3713.
     Mail: Academic Engagement, MGMT/Office of Academic 
Engagement/Mailstop 0440, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray 
Lane SW., Washington, DC 20528-0440.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the words 
``Department of Homeland Security'' and 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 Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, 
go to http://www.regulations.gov.
    A public comment period will be held during the meeting on March 
20, 2012, from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and speakers are requested to limit 
their comments to 3 minutes. Please note that the public comment period 
may end before the time indicated, following the last call for 
comments. Contact the Office of Academic Engagement as indicated below 
to register as a speaker.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Academic Engagement/Mailstop 
0440, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane SW., Washington, 
DC 20528-0440, email: AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov, tel: 202-447-4686 
and fax: 202-447-3713.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is given under the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463). The 
HSAAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary and 
senior leadership on matters relating to student and recent graduate 
recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and 
community resiliency, security and preparedness; and faculty exchanges.
    Agenda: At this inaugural committee meeting, members will receive 
an overview of the DHS and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. They 
will also receive ethics training. The committee will be briefed on its 
mission and purpose and receive initial taskings. Issues the HSAAC will 
review and discuss include campus resilience and international 
students.
    Responsible DHS Official: Lauren Kielsmeier, 
AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov, 202-447-4686.

Lauren Kielsmeier,
Executive Director for Academic Engagement.
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