[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 15 (Wednesday, January 23, 2013)]
[Page 4844]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01253]



National Nuclear Security Administration

Defense Programs Advisory Committee

AGENCY: National Nuclear Security Administration, Office of Defense 
Programs, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of Intent to Establish the Defense Programs Advisory 
Committee (DPAC).


SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 14(a)(2)(A) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), and in accordance with Title 41, Code 
of Federal Regulations, Sec.  102-3.65, and following consultation with 
the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration, 
notice is hereby given that the Defense Programs Advisory Committee 
(DPAC) will be established. The DPAC will provide advice and 
recommendations to the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs on the 
stewardship and maintenance of the Nation's nuclear deterrent.
    Additionally, the establishment of the Committee has been 
determined to be essential to the conduct of the Department's business 
and to be in the public interest in connection with the performance of 
duties imposed upon the Department of Energy by law and agreement. The 
Committee will operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act and the rules and regulations in implementation 
of that Act.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The activities of the DPAC will include, but 
are not limited to:
    a. Periodic reviews of the diverse, scientific and technical 
activities of the Office of Defense Programs including.
    b. Ongoing analysis of the DP mission and its foundation in 
national strategic policy (including the Nuclear Posture Review, 
provisions of the New START Treaty and other relevant treaties).
    c. Potential application of DP capabilities to broader national 
security issues.
    d. Analysis of DP management issues, including facility operations 
and fiscal matters.
    e. Where appropriate, analysis of issues of broader concern to 
    DPAC is expected to be continuing in nature. The Deputy 
Administrator for Defense Programs will appoint no more than 15 
members. Members will be selected to achieve a balanced committee of 
scientific and technical experts in fields relevant to the Office of 
Defense Programs. All members must possess a ``Q'' clearance.
    The DPAC is expected to meet approximately two to four times per 
year. It is anticipated that certain DPAC meetings will be closed to 
the public due to the classified nature of the Committee's discussions. 
Meetings will be closed in accordance with FACA and its implementing 
regulations. Subcommittees may be utilized.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: COL. Mark Visosky at (202) 287-5270.

    Issued in Washington, DC on January 15, 2013.
Carol A. Matthews,
Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-01253 Filed 1-22-13; 8:45 am]