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Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.


Committee management; notice of open Federal Advisory Committee meeting.


The Board of Visitors for the National Fire Academy (Board) will meet on September 9-10, 2019, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The meeting will be open to the public.


The meeting will take place on Monday, September 9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and on Tuesday, September 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Please note that the meeting may close early if the Board has completed its business.


The meeting will be held at the National Emergency Training Center, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Building H, Room 300, Emmitsburg, Maryland. Members of the public who wish to obtain details on how to gain access to the facility and directions may contact Deborah Gartrell-Kemp as listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by close of business September 2, 2019. Photo identification that meets REAL ID ACT standards (​training/​nfa/​admissions/​campus_​access.html) is required for access. Members of the public may also participate by teleconference and may contact Deborah Gartrell-Kemp to obtain the call-in number and access code. For information on services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance, contact Deborah Gartrell-Kemp as soon as possible.

To facilitate public participation, we are inviting public comment on the issues to be considered by the Board as listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. Comments must be submitted in writing no later than September 2, 2019, must be identified by Docket ID FEMA-2008-0010 and may be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail/Hand Delivery: Deborah Gartrell-Kemp, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727, post-marked no later than September 2, 2019.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the words “Federal Emergency Management Agency” and the Docket ID 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 National Fire Academy Board of Visitors, go to, click on “Advanced Search,” then enter “FEMA-2008-0010” in the “By Docket ID” box, then select “FEMA” under “By Agency,” and then click “Search.”

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Alternate Designated Federal Officer: Kirby E. Kiefer, telephone (301) 447-1117, email

Logistical Information: Deborah Gartrell-Kemp, telephone (301) 447-7230 and email

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The Board will meet on Monday, September 9, and Tuesday, September 10, 2019. The meeting will be open to the public. Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App.

Purpose of the Board

The purpose of the Board is to review annually the programs of the National Fire Academy (Academy) and advise the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through the United States Fire Administrator, on the operation of the Academy and any improvements therein that the Board deems appropriate. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Board examines Academy programs to determine whether these programs further the basic missions that are approved by the Administrator of FEMA, examines the Start Printed Page 37906physical plant of the Academy to determine the adequacy of the Academy's facilities, and examines the funding levels for Academy programs. The Board submits a written annual report through the United States Fire Administrator to the Administrator of FEMA. The report provides detailed comments and recommendations regarding the operation of the Academy.


On Monday, September 9, there will be five sessions, with deliberations and voting at the end of each session as necessary:

1. The Board will conduct a swearing in of new Board members and will then select a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for Fiscal Year 2020.

2. The Board will discuss the USFA Strategic Plan.

3. The Board will discuss deferred maintenance and capital improvements on the National Emergency Training Center campus and Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request/Budget Planning.

4. The Board will deliberate and vote on recommendations on Academy program activities.

5. The Board will receive activity reports on the National Fire Incident Reporting System Subcommittee, and the Professional Development Initiative Subcommittee. The board will also visit classrooms and tour the campus.

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, the Board will receive updates on U.S. Fire Administration data, research, and response support initiatives, and will receive ethics and FACA training. The Board will also engage in an annual report writing session. Deliberations or voting may occur as needed during the report writing session.

There will be a 10-minute comment period after each agenda item and each speaker will be given no more than 2 minutes to speak. Please note that the public comment period may end before the time indicated, following the last call for comments. Contact Deborah Gartrell-Kemp to register as a speaker. Meeting materials will be posted at​training/​nfa/​about/​bov.html by September 6, 2019.

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Tonya L. Hoover,

Superintendent, National Fire Academy, United States Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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[FR Doc. 2019-16475 Filed 8-1-19; 8:45 am]