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FCC - 744 - Network Reliability and Interoperability Council - Agency Authority


Committee NameNetwork Reliability and Interoperability CouncilAgency NameFederal Communications Commission
Fiscal Year2007Committee Number744
Original Establishment Date12/13/1991Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date4/19/2007Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date12/29/2005Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Communications Systems Analysis Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC
Date Of Renewal Charter12/29/2007Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date12/27/2007Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jeffery
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameM.
Specific Termination AuthorityAgency decisionDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Goldthorp
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency decisionDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 418-1096
Effective Date Of Authority*1/6/1992Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 418-1918
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purposes of the Committee are to give telecommunications industry leaders the opportunity to provide recommendations to the FCC and to the telecommunications industry that, if implemented, would under all reasonably foreseeable circumstances assure optimal reliability and interoperability of wireless, wireline, satellite, and cable and wireless public telecommunications networks. This includes facilitating the reliability, robustness, security, and interoperability of public telecommunications networks. The scope encompasses recommendations that would ensure the security and sustainability of public telecommunications networks throughout the United States; ensure the availability of adequate public telecommunications capacity during events or periods of exceptional stress due to natural disaster, terrorist attacks or similar occurrences; and facilitating the rapid restoration of telecommunications services in the event of widespread or major disruptions in the provision of telecommunications services. The Committee will address topics in these areas.
How is membership balanced?*The Council includes representatives of all segments of the telecommunications industry. Its members represent large and small telecommunications consumers, local and interstate carriers, state regulators, equipment and software manufacturers, satellite companies, cable companies, internet service providers, wireless companies and research organizations, among others.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Council will typically meet at least twice a year to ensure progress and to consider the recommendations of its informal focus groups, which meet much more frequently. The Council meetings ensure the awareness and involvement of the entire industry at the highest level of management.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*No other industry group is concentrating on the Commission's oversight responsibilities in these areas. Active cooperation is absolutely essential at the highest levels in this highly competitive, complex and diverse membership group that comprises the telecommunications industry. The tension between competition and cooperation can only be resolved in this manner. The Commission, on its own, lacks the resources necessary to manage the many networks involved in these issues and must rely on this cooperative mechanism.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentResources reallocated to address reliability and security issues revealed by NRIC.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNRIC has produced recommendations that are intended to improve public safety and emergency communications, particularly E911 networks and services.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*12Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe vast majority of recommendations produced by NRIC are intended to be implemented by the communications industry on a voluntary basis, and so therefore it is difficult to determine the exact number that have been implemented.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe vast majority of recommendations produced by NRIC are intended to be implemented by the communications industry on a voluntary basis, and so it is difficult to determine the exact number that have been partially implemented.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*The Network Reliability and Interoperability Council produces detailed technical and operatinoal recommendations that are intended to improve communications reliability and security.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$50.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$50.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-012724Network Reliability and Interoperability Council2006
 COM-013890Network Reliability and Interoperability Council2005
 COM-014850Network Reliability and Interoperability Council2004
 COM-015627Network Reliability and Interoperability Council2003
 COM-016624Network Reliability and Interoperability Council2002
 COM-017566Network Reliability and Interoperability Council2001
 COM-018780Network Reliability and Interoperability Council2000
 COM-019711Network Reliability and Interoperability Council1999
 COM-020448Network Reliability and Interoperability Council1998
 COM-021441Network Reliability and Interoperability Council1997