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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION:

Notice of Federal advisory committee meeting.

SUMMARY:

The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) will hold its next meeting in Washington, DC, on March 31, 2004. The HSAC will meet for purposes of: (1) Welcoming and swearing in new members; (2) completing discussions on the Homeland Security Lexicon Project; (3) receiving briefings on the DHS Strategic Plan and DHS Strategic Goals for 2004 (tentative); (4) receiving reports from Senior Advisory Committees and subgroups; (5) receiving briefings from DHS staff on Departmental initiatives; and (6) holding roundtable discussions with and among HSAC members. The HSAC is also tentatively scheduled for a briefing and tour of U.S. Secret Service facilities.

This meeting will be partially closed; the open portions of the meeting for purposes of (1) through (4) above will be held at the U.S. Secret Service Headquarters, 950 H Street, NW., Washington, DC from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The closed portions of the meeting, for purposes of (5) and (6) above will be held at the U.S. Secret Service Headquarters from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. and from 12:10 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Due to transportation and building capacity limitations, as well as security concerns, the public would be unable to accompany the HSAC on the proposed U.S. Secret Service facilities tour.

Public Attendance: A limited number of members of the public may register to attend the public session on a first-come, first-served basis per the procedures that follow. Security requires that any member of the public who wishes to attend the public session provide his or her name, social security number, and date of birth no later than 5 p.m. e.s.t., Thursday, March 25, 2004. Please provide the required information to Mike Miron or Jeff Gaynor of the HSAC staff, via e-mail at HSAC@dhs.gov, or via phone at (202) 692-4283. Persons with disabilities who require special assistance should indicate so in their admittance request. Photo identification will be required for entry into the public session, and everyone in attendance must be present and seated by 9:45 a.m.

Basis for Closure: In accordance with section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. app. 2), the Secretary has issued a determination that portions of this HSAC meeting will concern matters sensitive to homeland security within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(7) and (c)(9)(B) and that, accordingly, these portions of the meeting will be closed to the public.

Public Comments: Members of the public who wish to file a written statement with the HSAC may do so by mail to Mike Miron at the following address: Homeland Security Advisory Council, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528. Comments may also be sent via email to HSAC@dhs.gov or via fax at (202) 772-9718.

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Dated: March 3, 2004.

Tom Ridge,

Secretary of Homeland Security.

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[FR Doc. 04-5664 Filed 3-11-04; 8:45 am]

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