[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 88 (Monday, May 7, 2012)]
[Pages 26774-26775]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10930]



[Docket No. DHS-2012-0021]

Homeland Security Advisory Council

AGENCY: The Office of Policy, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of partially closed federal advisory committee meeting.


SUMMARY: The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) will meet in 
person and members of the public may participate by conference call on 
May 24, 2012. The meeting will be partially closed to the public.

DATES: The HSAC will meet on Thursday, May 24, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 
3:00 p.m. EDT. The portion of the meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 
will be closed to the public. The meeting will be open to the public 
from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Written comments must be submitted and received by May 22, 
2012. Comments must be identified by Docket No. DHS-2012-0021 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: [email protected]. Include docket number in the subject 
line of the message.
     Fax: (202) 282-9207.
     Mail: Homeland Security Advisory Council, Department of 
Homeland Security, Mailstop 0450, 245 Murray Lane SW., Washington, DC 
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the words 
``Department of Homeland Security'' and DHS-2012-0021, 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 DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council, go to 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: HSAC Staff at [email protected] or 202-447-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is given under the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App.
    The HSAC provides organizationally independent, strategic, timely, 
specific and actionable advice and recommendations for the 
consideration of the Secretary of the Department of

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Homeland Security on matters related to homeland security. The Council 
is comprised of leaders of local law enforcement, first responders, 
state and local government, the private sector, and academia.
    The HSAC will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The HSAC will 
receive updates from the U.S. Coast Guard on ``Counterterrorism Efforts 
Around the World'' and from the Transportation Security Administration 
on threats to airport security, receive observations and remarks from 
DHS senior leadership, and review and deliberate on recommendations 
from the HSAC Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory 
    The HSAC will meet in closed session from 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 
to receive sensitive operational information from senior DHS leadership 
on threats to our homeland security, border security, U.S. Coast Guard 
counterterrorism efforts, and an operational overview of the 
Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) airport security.
    Basis for Partial-Closure: In accordance with Section 10(d) of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, it has been determined that the meeting 
requires closure as the disclosure of the information would not be in 
the public interest.
    The HSAC will receive briefings on domestic and international 
threats to the homeland from DHS Intelligence and Analysis and other 
senior leadership, and a briefing on the Transportation Security 
Administration's (TSA) airport security program that will include 
lessons learned, and screening techniques associated with airport 
security. Specifically, there will be material presented regarding the 
latest viable threats against the United States, and how DHS and other 
Federal agencies plan to address those threats. Under 5 U.S.C. 
552b(c)(7)(E), disclosure of that 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. Additionally, under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B), 
disclosure of these techniques and procedures could frustrate the 
successful implementation of protective measures designed to keep our 
country safe.
    Members will also be provided a briefing from the U.S. Coast Guard 
on counterterrorism efforts being made around the world. Providing this 
information to the public would provide terrorists with a road map 
regarding the Department's plan to counter their actions, and thus, 
allow them to take different actions to avoid counterterrorism efforts. 
Under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(7)(E), disclosure of that information could 
endanger the life or physical safety of law enforcement personnel. 
Additionally, under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B), disclosure of this plan 
could frustrate the successful implementation of measures designed to 
counter terrorist acts.
    Public Participation: Members of the public will be in listen-only 
mode. The public may register to participate in this HSAC conference 
call aforementioned procedures. Each individual must provide his or her 
full legal name, email address and phone number no later than 5:00 p.m. 
EDT on May 22, 2012, to a staff member of the HSAC via email at 
[email protected] or via phone at (202) 447-3135. HSAC webcast details and 
the Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee report 
will be provided to interested members of the public at the time they 
    Identification of Services for Individuals with Disabilities: For 
information on facilities or services for individuals with 
disabilities, or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact 
the HSAC as soon as possible.

    Dated: May 1, 2012.
Becca Sharp,
Executive Director, Homeland Security Advisory Council, DHS.
[FR Doc. 2012-10930 Filed 5-4-12; 8:45 am]