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FCC Security, Reliability, Interoperability Council Seeks Panelists

The panel provides guidance and expertise on best practices and actions to ensure the optimal security, reliability and interoperability of communications systems.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking nominations and expressions of interest for membership on its Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), the commission says.

On March 30, 2011, the FCC posted a notice on the Federal Register—Federal Communications Commission Recharters and Seeks Nominations for Membership on the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council—which lists details on the CSRIC. It says the panel “provides guidance and expertise on best practices and actions the Commission could take to ensure the optimal security, reliability and interoperability of communications systems (including telecommunications, public safety communications systems, and media) on key issues such as cybersecurity, Next Generation 9-1-1, next generation emergency alerting, and improvements to priority communications services.”

On March 18, 2011, the FCC renewed the charter for the CSRIC for a period of two years through March 18, 2013, according to the notice, which also lists CSRIC member’s possible duties. Those possible duties are:

  • Developing and recommending best practices and actions the FCC can take that promote reliable 9-1-1, E9-1-1, and Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) service.
  • Determining and making recommendations on whether and how NG9-1-1 can be extended to other N-1-1 services to ensure their reliability and cost-effective deployment.
  • Identifying and recommending to the FCC a set of best practices to make communications networks, including broadband networks and VoIP systems, more secure, resilient, and defendable from Internet-based attacks.
  • Developing recommendations for actions the FCC could consider to promote the development of a broadband-based, next generation alerting system that leverages advanced technologies and the Internet, including social media platforms, to distribute emergency alerts and warnings to the public.
  • Identifying and recommending to the FCC actions to improve the functioning of the national security/emergency preparedness priority services programs including the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service; Telecommunications Service Priority; and Wireless Priority Service.
  • Making recommendations with respect to such additional topics as the FCC may specify.

The deadline for nominations is April 22, 2011, and organizations are encouraged to nominate senior leadership level representatives, such as a chief executive officer, chief technical officer, or other senior-level staff or official. No specific nomination form is required. However, each nomination must include the following information:

  • Name, title and organization of the nominee and a description of the sector or interest the nominee will represent.
  • Nominee’s mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and facsimile number.
  • A statement summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and reasons why the nominee should be appointed to the CSRIC.
  • A statement confirming that the nominee is not a registered federal lobbyist.

Nominations should be sent to Lisa Fowlkes, Deputy Bureau Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, via e-mail at; via facsimile at 202-418-2817; or via U.S. mail at 445 12th Street, SW., Room 7-C753, Washington, DC 20554. Due to the extensive security screening of incoming U.S. mail, delivery of U.S. mail sent to the commission may be delayed, and we encourage submission by e-mail or facsimile.

For further information, contact Fowlkes, Jeffery Goldthorp, Associate Chief for Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, (202) 418-1096 or (e-mail).