[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 66 (Friday, April 5, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 20685]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-08129]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Transportation Security Administration


Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) Meeting

AGENCY: Transportation Security Administration, DHS.

ACTION: Committee Management; Notice of Closed Federal Advisory 
Committee Meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) will meet in 
Arlington, VA. This meeting will be closed to the public.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dean Walter, ASAC Designated Federal 
Officer, Transportation Security Administration (TSA-28), 601 South 
12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-4028, Dean.Walter@dhs.gov, 571-227-
2645.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Meeting Summary

    Notice of this meeting is given under section 10(a)(2) of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463). The 
Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) provides advice and makes 
recommendations to the Secretary of Homeland Security, via the 
Administrator of TSA, for approving civil aviation security measures.
    The ASAC will meet to receive a classified briefing on threat 
intelligence related to TSA's prohibited items list. The ASAC also will 
receive a briefing on TSA risk-based initiatives pertaining to 
passenger prescreening.
    Basis for Closure: In accordance with section 10(d) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act, it has been determined that the meeting 
requires closure. The meeting will be closed to the public in 
accordance with the provisions set forth under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1), 
552b(c)(3), 552b(c)(7)(E)-(F) and 552b(c)(9)(B), as amended.
    TSA will be providing a classified (SECRET) briefing to the ASAC on 
threat intelligence related to TSA's prohibited items list. 
Specifically, there will be material presented regarding the latest 
viable threats against U.S. aviation security and how TSA plans to 
address those threats using a risk-based security framework. Properly 
classified material is protected from disclosure under 5 U.S.C. 
552b(c)(1). Further, providing this information to the public could 
provide terrorists with a road map regarding TSA and DHS plans to 
counter their actions, and thus allow them to take different actions to 
avoid counterterrorism measures. Under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(7)(E)-(F), 
disclosure of this information could reveal investigative techniques 
and procedures not generally available to the public, allowing those 
with interests against the United States to circumvent the law, thereby 
endangering the life or physical safety of law enforcement personnel. 
Additionally, premature disclosure of this information would be likely 
to significantly frustrate the successful implementation of measures 
designed to counter terrorist acts. See, 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B).
    The ASAC also will receive a briefing on TSA risk-based initiatives 
pertaining to passenger prescreening, which will include lessons 
learned from existing screening procedures, enhanced security and 
improved traveler experience that may be realized by new risk-based 
initiatives, and screening techniques associated with such initiatives. 
The briefing will include sensitive security information, as that term 
is defined under 49 U.S.C. 114 (r) and 49 CFR part 1520. Sensitive 
security information includes information that would be detrimental to 
the security of transportation, and may not be disclosed to the general 
public. Accordingly, this portion of the meeting is closed under 5 
U.S.C. 552b(c)(3). Further, premature public disclosure about this 
initiative would be likely to significantly frustrate implementation of 
a proposed agency action within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B).
    Closure of the April 22, 2013, ASAC meeting is warranted under 5 
U.S.C. 552b(c)(1), (c)(3), (c)(7)(E)-(F) and (c)(9)(B).
    Accordingly, this meeting will be closed to the public.

    Issued in Arlington, Virginia, on April 3, 2013.
John P. Sammon,
Assistant Administrator, Security Policy and Industry Engagement.
[FR Doc. 2013-08129 Filed 4-4-13; 8:45 am]
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