[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 84 (Tuesday, May 1, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 25721-25722]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10477]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[USCG-2011-0975]


National Maritime Security Advisory Committee; Meeting

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of Partially Closed Federal Advisory Committee Meeting.

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SUMMARY: The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) will 
meet on May 15-16, 2012 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to 
discuss various issues relating to national maritime security. The 
meeting will be partially closed to the public.

DATES: The Committee will meet in a closed session on Tuesday, May 15, 
2012 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and in open session on Tuesday, May 15, 
2012 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 9 a.m. 
to 12 p.m. This meeting may close early if all business is finished.
    All written material and requests to make oral presentations should 
reach the Coast Guard on or before May 9, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The Committee will meet in closed session at National 
Maritime Intelligence Center and in open session at the American Bureau 
of Shipping, 1400 Key Blvd., Suite 800, Arlington, Virginia 22209. 
Seating is very limited; members of the public wishing to attend the 
open sessions should register with Mr. Ryan Owens, Alternate Designated 
Federal Official (ADFO) of NMSAC, telephone 202-372-1108 or 
ryan.f.owens@uscg.mil no later than May 9, 2012. Additionally, the open 
sessions of this meeting will be broadcasted via a Web-enabled 
interactive online format and teleconference.
    To participate via teleconference, dial 866-717-0091; the pass code 
to join is 3038389. Additionally, if you would like to 
participate in this meeting via the online Web format, please log onto 
https://connect.hsin.gov/r11254182 and follow the online instructions 
to register for this meeting.
    For information on facilities or services for individuals with 
disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact 
the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section 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 
``Agenda'' section below. You may submit written

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comments no later than May 9, 2012 and identified by docket number 
[USCG-2011-0975] by using one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department 
of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001. We encourage use of 
electronic submissions because security screening may delay delivery of 
mail.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
     Hand Delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9:00 
a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. The 
telephone number is 202-366-9329.
     Instructions: All submissions received must include the 
words ``Department of Homeland Security'' and docket number [USCG-2011-
0975]. All submissions received will be posted without alteration at 
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You 
may review a Privacy Act notice regarding our public dockets in the 
January 17, 2008 issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316).
     Docket: Any background information or presentations 
available prior to the meeting will be published in the docket. For 
access to the docket to read background documents or submissions 
received by the NMSAC, go to http://www.regulations.gov and use ``USCG-
2011-0975'' as your search term.
    Public comment period will be held during the open portion of the 
meetings on May 15, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and May 16, 2012 
from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Speakers are requested to limit their 
comments to 5 minutes. Please note that the public comment period will 
end following the last call for comments. Contact the person listed in 
the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below to register as a 
speaker.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Ryan Owens, ADFO of NMSAC, 2100 
2nd Street SW., Stop 7581, Washington, DC 20593-7581; telephone 202-
372-1108 or email ryan.f.owens@uscg.mil. If you have any questions on 
viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, 
Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is given under the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463). NMSAC 
operates under the authority of 46 U.S.C. 70112. NMSAC provides advice, 
consults with, and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Homeland 
Security, via the Commandant of the Coast Guard, on matters relating to 
national maritime security.

Agenda of Meeting

Day 1

    The agenda for the Committee meeting is as follows:
    (1) Classified Security Briefing for NMSAC members only. Closed to 
the public.
    Basis for Closure. In accordance with Section 10(d) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act, it has been determined that this portion of the 
meeting requires closure as the disclosure of the information would not 
be in the public interest. There will be briefings from personnel from 
Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center regarding current domestic 
and international security threats to maritime commerce. Under 5 U.S.C. 
552b(c)(1), this information is specifically authorized under criteria 
established by Executive Order 12968 to be kept secret in the interests 
of national defense or foreign policy. Accordingly, this portion of the 
meeting will be closed to the public.
    (2) Global Supply Chain Security Initiative. Per the SAFE Port Act 
(Pub. L. 109-347) the Coast Guard consults with the NMSAC on the Global 
Supply Chain Security Initiative. The Committee will receive an update 
and provide further guidance/recommendations on this initiative.
    (3) Transport Canada/USCG Regulatory Harmonization. The Committee 
will receive an update from Transport Canada and the USCG on efforts to 
harmonize Security Regulations across the Northern Border. The 
Committee will then provide recommendations on these efforts.
    (4) Detain On-Board Requirements. NMSAC will receive an update from 
the chair of the NMSAC working group and vote on recommendations 
concerning Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 
field guidance pertaining to requirements for vessels to post or 
contract for guards while in U.S. ports.
    (5) Port Security Grant Program and Transportation Worker 
Identification Credential (TWIC) Readers. The NMSAC will receive an 
update and provide guidance on efforts to accommodate TWIC readers into 
the Port Grant Program as a result of the Completion of the TWIC Reader 
Pilot.
    (6) Public Comment Period. NMSAC will hear any other matters raised 
by the public. Please note that the public will have an opportunity to 
comment throughout the day on each topic as it is discussed.

Day 2

    (7) Maritime Domain Awareness and Information Sharing. The 
Committee will hold a follow up discussion from its last meeting to 
discuss the results of the Committee's efforts to poll the maritime 
industry on what gaps still remain in information sharing between the 
industry and the Federal Government with a panel of DHS Information 
Sharing Executives.
    (8) Public comment period. NMSAC will hear any other matters raised 
by the public. Please note that the public will have an opportunity to 
comment throughout the day on each topic as it is discussed.

    Dated: April 13, 2012.
P.F. Thomas,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Director of Prevention Policy.
[FR Doc. 2012-10477 Filed 4-30-12; 8:45 am]
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