[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 90 (Wednesday, May 9, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27208-27209]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-11142]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary


Renewal of Threat Reduction Advisory Committee

AGENCY: DoD.

ACTION: Renewal of Federal Advisory Committee.

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SUMMARY: Under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 
1972 (5 U.S.C. Appendix), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 
U.S.C. 552b), and 41 CFR 102-3.50(d), the Department of Defense gives 
notice that it is renewing the charter for the Threat Reduction 
Advisory Committee (hereafter referred to as ``the Committee'').
    The Committee is a discretionary federal advisory committee that 
shall provide the Secretary of Defense, through the Under Secretary of 
Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) and the Assistant 
Secretary of Defense (Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense 
Programs), independent advice and recommendations on:
    a. Reducing the threat to the United States, its military forces, 
and its allies and partners posed by nuclear, biological, chemical, 
conventional and special weapons;
    b. Combating weapons of mass destruction to include non-
proliferation, counterproliferation, and consequence management;
    c. Nuclear deterrence transformation, nuclear material lockdown and 
accountability;
    d. Nuclear weapons effects;
    e. The nexus of counterproliferation and counter WMD terrorism; and
    f. Other Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; Nuclear, Chemical 
and Biological Defense; and Defense Threat Reduction Agency mission-
related matters.
    The Committee shall be composed of not more than 30 committee 
members who are eminent authorities in the fields of national defense, 
geopolitical and national security affairs, weapons of mass 
destruction, nuclear physics, chemistry, and biology.
    The Committee members are appointed by the Secretary of Defense, 
and their appointments will be renewed on an annual basis. The 
Committee members who are not full-time or permanent part-time federal 
officers or

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employees, shall be appointed as experts and consultants under the 
authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109 and shall serve as special government 
employees.
    Committee members shall, with the exception of travel and per diem 
for official travel, serve without compensation, unless authorized by 
the Secretary of Defense.
    The Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and 
Logistics) and the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Nuclear, Chemical 
and Biological Defense Programs) shall select the Committee's 
Chairperson and Vice Chairperson from the Committee membership at 
large.
    The Secretary of Defense may approve the appointment of Committee 
members for one to four year terms of service; however, no member, 
unless authorized by the Secretary of Defense, may serve more than two 
consecutive terms of service. This same term of service limitation also 
applies to any DoD authorized subcommittees.
    Each Committee member is appointed to provide advice on behalf of 
the government on the basis of his or her best judgment without 
representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free 
from conflict of interest.
    With DoD approval, the Committee shall be authorized to establish 
subcommittees and panels, as required and consistent with its mission. 
Establishment of subcommittees will be based upon a written 
determination, to include terms of reference, by the Secretary of 
Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense or the advisory committee's 
sponsor.
    Such subcommittees or panels shall not work independently of the 
chartered Committee, and shall report their findings and advice solely 
to the Committee for full deliberation and discussion. Subcommittees or 
working groups have no authority to make decisions and recommendation 
verbally or in writing on behalf of the chartered Committee, nor can 
they report directly or release documents to the Agency or any Federal 
officers or employees not Committee Members.
    All subcommittee members shall be appointed in the same manner as 
the Committee members; that is, the Secretary of Defense shall appoint 
subcommittee members even if the member in question is already a 
Committee member. Subcommittee members, with the approval of the 
Secretary of Defense, may serve a term of service on the subcommittee 
of one to four years; however, no member shall serve more than two 
consecutive terms of service on the subcommittee.
    Subcommittee members, if not full-time or part-time government 
employees, shall be appointed to serve as experts and consultants under 
the authority of 5 U.S.C. 3109, and shall serve as special government 
employees, whose appointments must be renewed by the Secretary of 
Defense on an annual basis. With the exception of travel and per diem 
for official Committee related travel, subcommittee members shall serve 
without compensation. All subcommittees operate under the provisions of 
FACA, the Government in the Sunshine Act, governing Federal statutes 
and regulations, and governing DoD policies/procedures.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Freeman, Advisory Committee 
Management Officer for the Department of Defense, 703-692-5952.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee shall meet at the call of the 
Committee's Designated Federal Officer, in consultation with the 
Chairperson. The estimated number of Committee meetings is four per 
year.
    In addition, the Designated Federal Officer is required to be in 
attendance at all committee and subcommittee meetings; however, in the 
absence of the Designated Federal Officer, the Alternate Designated 
Federal Officer shall attend the meeting.
    The Designated Federal Officer, or the Alternate Designated Federal 
Officer, shall call all of the Committee's meetings; prepare and 
approve all meeting agendas; adjourn any meeting when the Designated 
Federal Officer, or the Alternate Designated Federal Officer, 
determines adjournment to be in the public interest or required by 
governing regulations or DoD policies/procedures; and chair meetings 
when directed to do so by the official to whom the Committee reports.
    Pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.105(j) and 102-3.140, the public or 
interested organizations may submit written statements to Threat 
Reduction Advisory Committee membership about the Committee's mission 
and functions. Written statements may be submitted at any time or in 
response to the stated agenda of planned meeting of Threat Reduction 
Advisory Committee. All written statements shall be submitted to the 
Designated Federal Officer for the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, 
and this individual will ensure that the written statements are 
provided to the membership for their consideration. Contact information 
for the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee's Designated Federal 
Officer can be obtained from the GSA's FACA Database--https://www.fido.gov/facadatabase/public.asp.
    The Designated Federal Officer, pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.150, will 
announce planned meetings of the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee. 
The Designated Federal Officer, at that time, may provide additional 
guidance on the submission of written statements that are in response 
to the stated agenda for the planned meeting in question.

    Dated: May 4, 2012.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
[FR Doc. 2012-11142 Filed 5-8-12; 8:45 am]
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