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DHS - 430 - President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee - Presidential


Committee NamePresident's National Security Telecommunications Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number430
Original Establishment Date9/13/1982Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Up to 30
Current Charter Date11/7/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Section Chief
Date Of Renewal Charter11/7/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Sandra
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Benevides
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*E.O. 12382 as amended by E.O. 13286Designated Federal Officer Phone*(703) 705-6232
Effective Date Of Authority*9/13/1982Designated Federal Officer Fax*(703) 705-2498
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of the NSTAC is to provide critical industry-based analyses and advice to the President on policy and technical issues regarding national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP)communications. NSTAC activities result in technical reports and recommendations to the President. Many of the recommendations are to establish operational programs. For example, the National Coordinating Center for Telecommunications (NCC), a joint industry and Government coordination center for day-to-day operational support to NS/EP telecommunications, was established as a result of an NSTAC recommendation. The NCC has now been operating successfully for more than 20 years. As an Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), the NCC serves as a clearinghouse for telecommunications industry and Government sharing of critical infrastructure protection-related information. The Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) System, once a NSTAC issue, is now an operating program. TSP is the regulatory, administrative, and operational authority that enables priority provisioning and restoration of telecommunications services for Federal, State, and local government and non-governmental users. In May 2009, the NSTAC recommended the establishment of a government sponsored, joint, integrated public-private, 24-hour operational cyber incident detection, prevention, mitigation, and response capability to address cyber incidents of national consequence. Specifically, the NSTAC recommended that government build upon the current coordination/collaboration capabilities of the National Coordinating Center and the U.S. Computer “Emergency Readiness Team, both “housed” within DHS; and incorporate other existing cyber incident monitoring and response public-private entities. In October 2009, DHS opened the new National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). The facility is a state-of-the-art 24-hour coordinated information sharing and incident response capability to protect and secure the nation’s cyber networks and infrastructure. As outlined in the latest draft of the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP), DHS, through its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), will coordinate national response efforts and work directly with Federal, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial governments and private sector partners during a significant cyber event.
How is membership balanced?*The NSTAC is composed of up to 30 Presidentially-appointed senior executives who represent various elements of the telecommunications industry. Members of the NSTAC represent the Nation's telecommunications, computer software and information services, satellites, electronics, defense, and social media industries.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The NSTAC meets approximately four times per year. Typically they meet face to face twice per year and via conference call twice per year. It is vital that the NSTAC meets frequently to deliberate and vote on reports and letters and to receive feedback from its Government stakeholders from the Executive Office of the President and DHS.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The NSTAC provides policy based NS/EP recommendations to the President. The NSTAC provides a unique forum for collaboration on critical infrastructure protection, information sharing, network convergence, security and assurance, and legislation and regulation. The NSTAC provides expertise and advice to the President and the NS/EP community.
Why close or partially close meetings?In some instances the NSTAC meets in a closed session due to either classifed or sensitive data/information being discussed that cannot be disclosed to the public. Meetings will only be closed in accordance with 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552b, The Government in the Sunshine Act.
Recommendation RemarksDHS recognizes the value and importance of the President's NSTAC and is actively fostering and maintaining relationships with its industry partners.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentPlease note that this is a Presidential advisory committee; recommendations tasked out by the White House are delegated to multiple and various federal departments and agencies for implementation; not just to/for DHS.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*460Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe NSTAC has been advising the President since 1982. Since then, the NSTAC has made approximately over 450 recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*28.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentDHS is tracking the NSTAC recommendations and will provide updates regarding implementation and continued progress. DHS is currently working with the National Security Council to close out applicable recommendations issued during the course of this Administration.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*24.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentDHS established a database to track progress of recommendations to provide periodic reviews and updates.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNSTAC Reports are published and copies are provided to the Library of Congress. All NSTAC meetings are announced in the Federal Register. The meetings are open or partially closed to the public.
Agency Feedback Comment*Updates regarding the recommendations, as appropriate, during members' quarterly conference calls and/or at the annual meeting. We also provide a written status report on the status of recommendations.Narrative Description*The NSTAC provides industry-based advice and expertise to the President on issues and problems related to implementing national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications policy. The NSTAC has addressed a wide range of policy and technical issues regarding communications, information systems, information assurance, critical infrastructure protection, and other NS/EP communications concerns. The NSTAC's perspective and its experience with a broad range of Federal departments and agencies makes the NSTAC a key strategic resource for the President and his national security team in their efforts to protect our Nation's critical infrastructures in today's dynamic environment. The NSTAC recently provided recommendations to the President regarding how to better harness emerging technologies for NS/EP functions.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$375,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$400,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$1,126,972.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$900,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$8,500.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY* 
Total Costs$1,510,472.00Est. Total Next FY*$1,300,000.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*4.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*5.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Broadcasting and Communications
Computer Technology
Information Technology
Emergency Preparedness and Management
Federal Government
International Law
International Organizations
National Defense
National Security and Defense


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032511Advancing Resiliency and Fostering Innovation in the ICT Ecosystem2020
 COM-032339Big Data Analytics2020
 COM-035097Communications Resiliency Subcommittee2020
 COM-032475Cybersecurity Moonshot Subcommittee2020
 COM-029324Emerging Technologies Strategic Vision Subcommittee2020
 COM-031297Information and Communications Technology Mobilization Subcommittee2020
 COM-031489Internet Communications and Resilience Subcommittee2020
 COM-029577Internet of Things Subcommittee2020
 COM-034958The Importance of Software-Defined Networking2020


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036204President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2019
 COM-032820President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001261President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2017
 COM-003020President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003411President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005267President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005526President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007287President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007618President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009427President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009723President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011359President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011559President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013200President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013374President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015121President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015344President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2003
 COM-017006President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017425President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018922President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019338President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020869President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021200President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee1997