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FCC - 5257 - Public Safety National Coordination Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NamePublic Safety National Coordination CommitteeAgency NameFederal Communications Commission
Fiscal Year2003Committee Number5257
Original Establishment Date8/6/1998Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date7/25/2003Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date2/25/2003Designated Fed Officer Position Title*
Date Of Renewal Charter2/25/2005Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date7/25/2003Designated Federal Officer First Name*Michael
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ.
Specific Termination AuthorityAgencyDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Wilhelm
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency, WT Docket No. 96-86, FCC 98-191Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 418-0870
Effective Date Of Authority*8/6/1998Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 418-2643
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee provides recommendations to the FCC to facilitate establishment of a regulatory framework for: (1) an operational plan to achieve national interoperability that includes a shared or priority system among users of the interoperability spectrum (i.e., spectrum in the 700 MHz band specifically designated for both day-to-day and emergency operations) and, in this connection, recommendations regarding Federal Government users' access to the interoperability spectrum; (2) technical standards to achieve full interoperability and network integration, including digital modulation, trunking, and receiver standards, network redundancy/reliability, and whatever other technical capabilities are found necessary to provide local, state, and federal governments with an interoperable network to meet public safety needs into the next century. All technical standards recommended (a) were developed under the standard-setting processes so accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and submitted by September 28, 2002 and (b) may incorporate proprietary data provided such incorporation is in accordance with ANSI procedures; (3) the development of coordinated regional plans; and (4) other technology, telecommunications, and public policy matters that relate to the expedited planning and deployment of a nationwide interoperable and reliable public safety and emergency responsiveness network.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee has an open membership and includes approximately four hundred participants who have expressed an interest in the NCC. All meetings are announced in advance and are widely publicized, including being placed on an internet website. Membership includes representatives of competing industry sectors as well as local, state, and federal government agencies and scientific and technical organizations.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee as a whole meets when the work product of its Subcommittees and working groups is mature for approval or when other business so requires.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee offers the only open forum for discussion of the means to eliminate problems of safety and inefficiency that occur because of the lack of communications system interoperability, i.e., problems that originate because users are operating on different bands using incompatible equipment and thus are unable to intercommunicate. The Committee has the ability to prepare studies, offer preliminary views, proposals, and other contributions so that it can respond to technical developments and other considerations. The Commission does not necessarily have all of the expertise or the resources necessary to competently, timely, and effectively accomplish the tasks without direct and ongoing input from experts, from potentially affected users of the spectrum, and from manufacturers of equipment.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe NCC is supported by three subcommittees: (1) Interoperability, (2) Technology, and (3) Implementation. Each subcommittee includes various working groups. Their work is critical to the NCC achieving its goals as outlined in The Development of Operational, Technical, and Spectrum Requirements For Meeting Federal, State and Local Public Safety Agency Communication Requirements Through the Year 2010 and Establishment of Rules and Requirements for Priority Access Service, WT Docket No. 96-86, First Report and Order and Third Notice of Proposed Rule Making, 14 FCC Rcd 152 (1998). Also, the membership of the NCC represents individuals who have expressed an interest in being associated with the advisory committee, regardless of whether they are able to attend the meetings. Consequently, in the membership section of this annual report, committee members do not have a specific start or end date. In addition to the persons listed below, various FCC staff provide support for the NCC's ongoing functions.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction 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 DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar 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 CommentNot applicableAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNot ApplicableAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*The Federal Communications Commission is reviewing its 700 MHz bandwidth to determine how it would accommodate new and unanticipated developments in technology and equipment, and provide spectrum management and planning mechanisms necessary to develop multiple user public safety communications systems. This task is consistent with the agency's mission to developing a national interoperability plan.
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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*$175,000.00Estimated 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*$3,423.00Est. 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$5,402.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$183,825.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.75Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-016596Public Safety National Coordination Committee2002
 COM-017702Public Safety National Coordination Committee2001
 COM-018756Public Safety National Coordination Committee2000
 COM-019700Public Safety National Coordination Committee1999