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Introduced in House (09/21/2012)


112th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6550


To establish an advisory committee on national security telecommunications.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 21, 2012

Mr. Sullivan introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To establish an advisory committee on national security telecommunications.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. National Telecommunications and Information Security Advisory Committee.

(a) Establishment.—Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information (in this section referred to as the “Assistant Secretary”) shall establish, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.), an advisory committee to be known as the “National Telecommunications and Information Security Advisory Committee” (in this section referred to as the “Committee”).

(b) Duties.—The Committee shall—

(1) provide to the Assistant Secretary information and advice from the perspective of the telecommunications industry on national security telecommunications, including—

(A) information and advice on the implementation of Presidential Directive 53, National Security Telecommunications Policy (in this section referred to as “PD/NSC–53”);

(B) information and advice on the feasibility of implementing specific measures to improve the telecommunications aspects of the national security posture of the United States; and

(C) technical information and advice on the identification and solution of problems that the Committee considers will affect national security telecommunications capability;

(2) conduct reviews and assessments of the effectiveness of the implementation of PD/NSC–53; and

(3) submit to the Assistant Secretary periodic reports on the matters described in paragraphs (1) and (2).

(c) Membership.—

(1) NUMBER AND APPOINTMENT.—The Committee shall be composed of not more than 30 members, to be appointed by the Assistant Secretary.

(2) QUALIFICATIONS.—Each member of the Committee shall have particular knowledge and expertise in the field of telecommunications and represent elements of the telecommunications industry of the United States.

(3) CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR.—The Assistant Secretary shall annually designate from among the members of the Committee a Chair and a Vice Chair of the Committee.

(4) SERVICE WITHOUT PAY.—The members of the Committee shall serve without pay.

(5) TRAVEL EXPENSES.—Each member of the Committee shall receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with applicable provisions under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code.

(d) Subcommittees and working groups.—The Committee may establish appropriate subcommittees or working groups composed, in whole or in part, of individuals who are not members of the Committee.

(e) Information sharing.—The head of an Executive agency (as defined in section 105 of title 5, United States Code) shall, to the extent permitted by law, provide to the Committee such information with respect to national security telecommunications matters as the Committee may require for the purpose of carrying out its duties under this section.

(f) Protection of information.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—No information provided to the Committee by any person may be made available for public inspection.

(2) CERTAIN PROVISIONS INAPPLICABLE.—Subsections (a)(1), (b), and (d) of section 10 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, subsection (a)(3) of such section insofar as it relates to attendance at a meeting of or appearance before the Committee, sections 11 and 13 of such Act, and section 552 of title 5, United States Code, do not apply to the Committee.

(g) Termination; renewal.—The Committee shall terminate not later than the date that is 2 years after the date of its establishment, unless the Assistant Secretary renews the Committee under the procedures set forth in the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

SEC. 2. Rule of construction.

Nothing in this Act may be construed to grant any authority to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information to adopt rules or regulations or to impose binding obligations on businesses or consumers.