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Science and Technology Directorate, DHS.


Committee Management; notice of open federal advisory committee meeting.


The Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC) will meet via teleconference on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The meeting will be an open session.


The HSSTAC teleconference meeting will take place Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting may close early if the committee has completed its business.


Members of the public may participate by teleconference but you must register. Please see the “REGISTRATION” section below.

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Michel Kareis, HSSTAC Designated Federal Official, S&T IAO STOP 0205, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Washington, DC 20528-0205, 202-254-8778 (Office), 202-254-6176 (Fax) (Email).

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I. Background

Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. appendix (Pub. L. 92-463). The committee addresses areas of interest and importance to the Under Secretary for Science and Technology (S&T), 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.

II. Registration

To pre-register for the teleconference please send an email to: with the following subject line: RSVP to HSSTAC meeting. The email should include the name(s), title, organization/affiliation, email address, and telephone number of those interested in attending. You must RSVP by June 7, 2017.

For information on services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, please contact Michel Kareis as soon as possible. Her contact information is listed above in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

III. Public Comment

At the end of the open session, there will be a period for oral statements. Please note that the comments period may end before the time indicated, following the last call for oral statements. To register as a speaker, contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

To facilitate public participation, we invite public comment on the issues to be considered by the committee as listed in the “Agenda” below. You are free to submit comments at any time, including orally at the meeting, but if you want committee members to review your comment before the meeting, written comments must be received by June 1, 2017. Please include the docket number (DHS-2017-0021) and submit via one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Email: Include the docket number in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax: 202-254-6176.
  • Mail: Michel Kareis, HSSTAC Executive Director, S&T IAO STOP 0205, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, 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

Docket: For access to the docket to read the background documents or comments received by the HSSTAC, go to and enter the docket number into the search function: DHS-2017-0021.

Agenda: The session will begin with a discussion on the technical papers produced by the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) 2018 Subcommittee and follow on tasking. The committee will be voting on approval of the report created by the Subcommittee on Internet of Things (IOT). The Commercialization Subcommittee chair will update the committee on its report and recommendations. The Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management (SMWG) will provide an update on the status of their activities and the FACA committee designation followed by a discussion on DHS S&T updates.

A public comment period will be held at the end of the open session.

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Dated: May 3, 2017.

Michel Kareis,

DHS Science and Technology Directorate, Research and Development Partnerships, Interagency Office.

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[FR Doc. 2017-09394 Filed 5-8-17; 8:45 am]