[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 53 (Wednesday, March 19, 2014)]
[Pages 15354-15355]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-05995]



[Docket No. DHS-2014-0003]

Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee 

AGENCY: Science and Technology Directorate, DHS.

ACTION: Committee Management; notice of partially closed Federal 
Advisory Committee Meeting.


SUMMARY: The Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory 
Committee (HSSTAC) will meet on April 7-8, 2014, in Washington, DC. The 
meeting will be partially closed to the public.

DATES: The HSSTAC will meet Monday, April 7, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 
4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The 
meeting may close early if the committee has completed its business.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate, 1120 Vermont Avenue 
NW. (Room 8 ABC), Washington, DC 20005.
    All visitors must pre-register and present a government-issued ID 
in order to gain entry to the building. To register, please contact the 
person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, below. Please 
provide your name, citizenship, organization (if any), title (if any), 
email address (if any), and telephone number.
    For information on facilities or services for individuals with 

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or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact the person 
    Materials that are provided to committee members during the open 
portions of the meeting will also be provided to the public. Go to this 
url: http://www.dhs.gov/st-hsstac and click on the meeting dates to 
access the meeting briefings. To facilitate public participation, we 
invite public comment on the issues to be considered by the committee 
as listed in the ``Supplementary Information'' below. Comments may be 
submitted orally, in writing, or both. If submitting in writing, please 
include the docket number (DHS-2014-0003) and submit via one of the 
following methods before April 4, 2014:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: mary.hanson@hq.dhs.gov. Include the docket number 
in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: 202-254-6176.
     Mail: Mary Hanson, HSSTAC Executive Director, Science and 
Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray 
Lane, Bldg. 410, Washington, DC 20528-0205. Instructions: All 
submissions received must include the words ``Department of Homeland 
Security'' and the docket number. 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 HSSTAC, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
type the docket number (DHS-2014-0003) into the ``SEARCH for: Rules, 
Comments, Adjudications or Supporting Documents:'' field in the middle 
of the Web site. A period is allotted for oral public comment on April 
7 and 8, 2014, before any recommendations are formulated. Speakers are 
asked to pre-register and limit their comments to three minutes or 
less. Please note that the public comment period may end before the 
time indicated, following the last call for comments. To register as a 
speaker, contact the person listed below.

Director, Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland 
Security, 245 Murray Lane, Bldg. 410, Washington, DC 20528-0205, 
Office: 202-254-5866, Fax: 202-254-5823, email: mary.hanson@hq.dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is given under the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2 (Pub. L. 92-
463). The HSSTAC was established under 6 U.S.C. Section 450, and 
operates in accordance with the provisions of the FACA. The committee 
addresses areas of interest and importance to the Under Secretary for 
Science and Technology, such as new developments in systems 
engineering, cyber-security, knowledge management and how best to 
leverage related technologies funded by other federal agencies and by 
the private sector. It also advises the Under Secretary on policies, 
management processes, and organizational constructs as needed.
    Agenda: The committee will convene in open session to meet with the 
Acting Under Secretary and other executives of the DHS Science and 
Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) to hear updates, discuss areas of 
concern, and receive taskings. Agenda items on April 7 focus solely on 
the interaction between DHS S&T and U.S. Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement (ICE). An official from ICE will first give an ICE 
overview, followed by a discussion among officials from ICE and DHS S&T 
about ICE's technology needs, how DHS S&T supports those needs, and how 
that support can be improved. A public comment period will follow the 
discussion. The committee will then receive its tasking from DHS S&T 
and begin to develop recommendations regarding how DHS S&T can better 
support ICE. The agenda on April 8 will include an update and 
discussion regarding the DHS S&T Cyber Security Division (CSD), 
followed by briefs about two DHS S&T projects: Apex Air Entry/Exit Re-
Engineering (AEER), a project managed by the DHS S&T Homeland Security 
Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), which aims to biometrically 
verify that a foreign national who enters the U.S. is the same one who 
exits; and Project Responder, a project managed by the DHS S&T First 
Responder Group, which aims to systematically identify capability gaps 
for responding to catastrophic incidents. A public comment period will 
follow those briefs. The committee will meet in closed session from 1 
p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 8, 2014, to receive a classified brief 
regarding emerging and disruptive technologies and technology trends 
(including the use of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance 
(ISR)) and to hear an update from the Task Force on Third Party Pre-
Screening regarding its progress on helping TSA to expedite physical 
screening by exploring private sector options; the results of private 
sector testing and evaluation; and methodologies to determine 
eligibility for pre-screening. The task force update includes security 
sensitive information (SSI) and/or trade secrets and confidential/
proprietary commercial information.
    Basis for Closure: In accordance with Subsection (d) of Section 10 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), it has 
been determined that certain portions of the meeting require closure as 
the disclosure of the information would not be in the public interest. 
This action is determined appropriate because disclosure of such 
information is likely to reveal matters that are authorized to be kept 
secret in the interests of national defense (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1)), or 
are specifically exempted from disclosure by statute (5 U.S.C. 
552b(c)(3)), or that may disclose trade secrets and commercial 
information that is privileged or confidential (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4)). 
Consistent with 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1), (c)(3), and (c)(4), this segment 
of the meeting will be closed to avoid disclosure of information that 
is specifically exempt from disclosure by statute, regulation, or 
Executive Order. The classified briefing contains classified 
information protected under Executive Order 13526 ``Classified National 
Security Information'' and the update from the Task Force on Third 
Party Pre-Screening includes SSI protected pursuant to the SSI Federal 
Regulation (49 CFR part 1520) as well as business confidential and 
proprietary information.
    Accordingly, this meeting will be partially closed to the public.

    Dated: March 4, 2014.
Daniel M. Gerstein,
Under Secretary for Science and Technology (Acting).
[FR Doc. 2014-05995 Filed 3-18-14; 8:45 am]