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October 20, 2006

A new advisory committee for DHS: HSINAC

Filed under: DHS News — by Christian Beckner on October 20, 2006

From the Federal Register today:

The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that the establishment of the Homeland Security Information Network Advisory Committee is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties of the DHS, Office of Operations and Coordination.

The HSINAC is being established in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) 5 U.S.C. App. 1, et seq.(Pub. L. 92-463). The HSINAC is being established to provide organizationally independent advice and recommendations to the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security, particularly the DHS Director, Office of Operations and Coordination (Director), on the requirements of end users within State, local, Federal and tribal governments and the Private Sector regarding the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN).

Balanced Membership Plans: HSINAC membership shall include not more than 20 representatives from State, Tribal and Local governments and the Private Sector, who are outstanding within their specialty field, and who have the experience to ensure the Director and DHS leadership is informed of the needs and requirements of the information network users and communities of users.

This advisory committee was first announced in Operations Director Roger Rufe’s testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee in mid-September.

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