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FCC - 28021 - FCC's Independent Panel Reviewing Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks - Agency Authority


Committee NameFCC's Independent Panel Reviewing Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications NetworksAgency NameFederal Communications Commission
Fiscal Year2006Committee Number28021
Original Establishment Date9/15/2005Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date6/15/2006Committee URL 
New Committee This FYYesPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date1/9/2006Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Official
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMrs.
Projected Termination Date6/15/2006Designated Federal Officer First Name*Lisa
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityPer Completion of Final Report (June 12, 2006)Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Fowlkes
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Per directive from Office of ChairmanDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 418-7452
Effective Date Of Authority*9/15/2005Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 418-2826
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Ad hoc
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Independent Panel will review the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the telecommunications and media infrastructure and make recommendations on ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability, and communication among first responders. The Independent Panel will gather data and information necessary to formulate recommendations for assuring optimal communications services during Hurricanes and other natural disasters.
How is membership balanced?*A balanced membership will be selected comprised of individuals from public safety organizations, as well as individuals from the public and private telecommunications sectors.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings per Year - 3 Estimated Total Meetings - 3
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it became apparent that a review was necessary to determine how communications services can be improved to increase effectiveness and to minimize disruptions. An Independent FACA Panel presents the most optimum forum from which recommendations can be formulated to improving telecommunications services during natural disasters.
Why close or partially close meetings?
Recommendation RemarksBecause of the urgency of the upcoming Hurricane season, which commences in July 2006, the Independent Panel will present their recommendations no later than June 15, 2006 so that many of the recommendations can be implemented before the start of the 2006 Hurricane season. As a result, we request that the 15-day waiting period (for establishing new committees) be waived before filing the charter with Congressional officials and the Library of Congress.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
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 OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentOn June 19, 2006, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on the Katrina Panel's recommendations. The comment period for this proceeding closed on August 21, 2006 and the Commission received over 100 comments. The Commission staff is currently reviewing the comments.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*18Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in June 2006 seeking comment on the Katrina Panel's recommendations. The Commission received over 100 comments in that proceeding. The Commission staff is now reviewing those comments.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIn June 2006, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on the Katrina Panel's recommendations. The comment period for the rulemaking closed on August 21, 2006 and the Commission's staff is currently reviewing the comments.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentInformation and documents related to the Katrina Panel may also be obtained in the Commission's Public Information Reference Room, which is located at the FCC, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*The Communications Act requires the Commission to, among other things, promote the safety of life and property through the use of communications. The Katrina Panel's mission was to study the impact of Hurricane Katrina on communications infrastructure and make recommendations to the Commission on ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability and communications among first responders.
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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*$150,671.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$5,082.00Est 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*$2,311.00Est. 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$36,236.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$194,300.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.90Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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