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President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

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National Communications System, DHS.


Notice of partially closed advisory committee meeting.


The President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) will be meeting by teleconference; the meeting will be partially closed to the public.


August 4, 2008, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.


The meeting will take place by teleconference. For access to the conference bridge and meeting materials, contact Ms. Sue Daage at (703) 235-5526 or by e-mail at by 5:00 p.m. July 25, 2008. If you have comments relating to the August 4, 2008 meeting, you must submit by August 11, 2008. Comments must be identified by NCS-2008-0002 and may be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail: Include docket number in the subject line of the message.
  • Mail: Office of the Manager, National Communications System (N5), Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20529.
  • Fax: 1-866-466-5370.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the words “Department of Homeland Security” and NCS-2008-0002, the docket number for this action. Comments received will be posted without alteration at, including any personal information provided.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received by the NSTAC, go to

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Ms. Kiesha Gebreyes, Chief, Industry Operations Branch at (703) 235-5525, e-mail: or write the Deputy Manager, National Communications System, Department of Homeland Security, CS&C/NCS/N5, 245 Murray Lane, SW., Building 410, Washington, DC 20528.

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NSTAC advises the President on issues and problems related to implementing national security and emergency preparedness telecommunications policy. Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463, (5 U.S.C. App.).

At the upcoming meeting, between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., the conference call will include government stakeholder feedback on NSTAC initiatives and updates on research and development, outreach efforts and traffic management. This portion of the meeting will be open to the public.

Between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., the NSTAC will hold discussions on core network assurance and the NSTAC Work Plan. The NSTAC also will vote on the work plan. This portion of the meeting will be closed to the public.

Persons with disabilities who require special assistance should indicate this when arranging access to the teleconference and are encouraged to identify anticipated special needs as early as possible.

Basis for Closure: Discussions about network security will contain sensitive industry information concerning specific system threats and explicit Start Printed Page 34946physical/cyber vulnerabilities. Pursuant to section 10(d), 5 U.S.C., the Department has determined that this discussion will likely reveal trade secrets or financial information obtained from private parties which is privileged or confidential. Pursuant to section 10(d), 5 U.S.C., the Department has also determined that this discussion will concern matters which, if disclosed, would likely frustrate the implementation of a proposed agency action. Accordingly, the relevant portion of this meeting will be closed to the public pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(9)(B).

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James Madon,

Director, National Communications System.

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[FR Doc. E8-13832 Filed 6-18-08; 8:45 am]