Designation of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan Critical Manufacturing Sector, 23476-23478 [E8-9412]

Download as PDF rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 23476 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 84 / Wednesday, April 30, 2008 / Notices Partnership Programs and Information Sharing Office, Partnership and Outreach Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, National Protection and Programs Directorate, United States Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, telephone (703) 235–3635 or via e-mail at carlos.kizzee@dhs.gov. Responsible DHS Official: Nancy J. Wong, Director Partnership Programs and Information Sharing Office, Partnership and Outreach Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, National Protection and Programs Directorate, United States Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, telephone (703) 235–3667 or via e-mail at nancy.wong@dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose and Activities: CIPAC facilitates interaction between government officials and representatives of the community of owners and/or operators for each of the critical infrastructure or key resource (CIKR) sectors defined by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD–7) and identified in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). The scope of activities covered by CIPAC includes planning; coordinating among government and CIKR owner/operator security partners; implementing security program initiatives; conducting operational activities related to critical infrastructure protection security measures, incident response, recovery, infrastructure resilience, reconstituting CIKR assets and systems for both manmade as well as naturally occurring events; and sharing threat, vulnerability, risk mitigation, and infrastructure continuity information and best practices. Organizational Structure: CIPAC members are organized into the seventeen HSPD–7 critical infrastructure and/or key resource sectors. Additionally, on March 3, 2008, pursuant to authority defined by HSPD– 7 which directs DHS to ‘‘evaluate the need for and coordinate the coverage of additional critical infrastructure and key resources categories over time, as appropriate,’’ and, section 201(d)(5) of the Homeland Security Act [6 U.S.C 121(d)(5)], which directs the Secretary of Homeland Security ‘‘to develop a comprehensive national plan for securing the key resources and critical infrastructure of the United States,’’ the Secretary of Homeland Security recognized an additional sector; the Critical Manufacturing sector. Within all of the sectors containing private sector CIKR owners/operators there generally exists a Sector VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:09 Apr 29, 2008 Jkt 214001 Coordinating Council (SCC) that includes CIKR owners and/or operators or their representative trade associations. Each of the sectors also has a Government Coordinating Council (GCC) whose membership includes a lead Federal agency that is defined as the Sector Specific Agency (SSA), and all of the relevant Federal, State, local, Tribal, and/or Territorial government agencies (or their representative bodies) whose mission interests also involve the scope of the CIPAC activities for that particular sector. Membership: CIPAC Membership includes (i) CIKR owner and/or operator members of an SCC; (ii) trade association members representing the interests of CIKR owners and/or operators that own and invest in infrastructure assets or in the systems and processes to secure them, or representing CIKR owners and/or operators whom are held responsible by the public for CIKR operations and the response and recovery when their CIKR assets and systems are disrupted who are members of an SCC; (iii) each sector’s Government Coordinating Council (GCC); and, based upon DHS’ recent establishment of this council; (iv) State, local, Tribal, and Territorial governmental officials comprising the DHS State, Local, Tribal, Territorial GCC. Notice of CIPAC Renewal: On March 20, 2008 the Secretary of Homeland Security extended CIPAC for a period of two years. The current CIPAC Charter reflecting the Secretary’s action is available on the CIPAC Web site. The CIPAC Charter also reflects the Secretary’s designation of the Critical Manufacturing Sector as the newest addition to the CIKR Sector Partnership in the NIPP partnership framework. CIPAC Membership Roster and Council Information: The current roster of CIPAC membership is published on the CIPAC Web site (http:// www.dhs.gov/cipac). That Web site is updated as the CIPAC membership changes. Members of the public may visit the CIPAC Web site at any time to obtain information on CIPAC membership as well as a record of CIPAC meetings and events. Dated: April 11, 2008. Nancy Wong, Designated Federal Officer for the CIPAC. [FR Doc. E8–9420 Filed 4–29–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–10–P PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY [Docket No. DHS–2008–0038] Designation of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan Critical Manufacturing Sector National Protection and Programs Directorate, DHS. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated Critical Manufacturing as an additional critical infrastructure sector under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and, as part of a comprehensive national review process, solicits public comment on the actions necessary to incorporate this sector into the NIPP framework. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before May 10, 2008. ADDRESSES: Comments must be identified by docket number DHS– 2008–0038 and may be submitted by one of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: Nipp@dhs.gov. Include the docket number in the subject line of the message. • Facsimile: 703–235–3057. • Mail: R. James Caverly, NPPD/IP/ POD; Mail Stop 8530, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, SW., Washington, DC 20528–8530. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: R. James Caverly, Director, Partnership and Outreach Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, 703–235–3634 or NIPP@dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Public Participation DHS invites interested persons to participate in the issues presented in this notice by submitting written data, views, or arguments. Comments that will provide the most assistance to DHS in developing these procedures will reference specific aspects of this notice, explain the reason for any recommended changes necessary to implement the Critical Manufacturing Sector, and include data, information, or authority that supports such recommended change. DHS invites comment on the proposed amendments to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), the organization of the Government Coordinating Council E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 84 / Wednesday, April 30, 2008 / Notices (GCC), and designation of a Federal agency Sector Specific Agency (SSA). Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this action. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You may submit your comments and material by one of the methods specified in the ADDRESSES section. Please submit your comments and material by only one means to avoid the adjudication of duplicate submissions. If you submit comments by mail, your submission should be an unbound document and no larger than 8.5 by 11 inches to enable copying and electronic document management. If you want DHS to acknowledge receipt of comments by mail, include with your comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard that includes the docket number for this action. We will date your postcard and return it to you via regular mail. Docket: Background documents and comments received can be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov. II. Background Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD–7) identifies 17 sectors of critical infrastructure and key resources vital to the United States. The President designated these sectors as critical infrastructure and key resources based on the potential national impact of a terrorist attack on infrastructure functions, resources, and systems within these sectors. HSPD–7 identifies characteristics of Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) and establishes the policy to identify CIKR and protect them against terrorist acts that could: 1. Cause catastrophic health effects or mass casualties, 2. Impair Federal departments and agencies’ abilities to perform essential missions or to ensure the public’s health and safety, 3. Undermine State and local government capacities to maintain order and to deliver minimum essential public services, 4. Damage the private sectors’ capability to ensure the orderly functioning of the economy and delivery of essential services, 5. Have a negative effect on the economy through the cascading disruption of other critical infrastructure and key resources, or 6. Undermine the public’s morale and confidence in our national economic and political institutions. DHS announced the establishment of the Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) by notice published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2006. See 71 FR 14930. CIPAC facilitates interaction between government officials and representatives of the community of owners and/or operators for each of the CIKR sectors defined by HSPD–7 and identified in the NIPP. The NIPP is the National policy framework that provides a coordinated approach to CIKR protection roles and responsibilities for federal, state, local, tribal, and private sector security partners. The NIPP sets national priorities, goals, and requirements for effective distribution of funding and resources that will help ensure that our government, economy, and public services continue in the event of a terrorist attack or other disaster. III. Creation of the Critical Manufacturing Sector In addition to outlining CIKR characteristics and identifying 17 CIKR sectors, HSPD–7 also directs DHS to ‘‘evaluate the need for and coordinate the coverage of additional critical infrastructure and key resources categories over time, as appropriate.’’ This authority is further provided in section 201(d)(5) of the Homeland Security Act [6 U.S.C 121(d)(5)], which directs the Secretary of Homeland Security ‘‘to develop a comprehensive national plan for securing the key resources and critical infrastructure of the United States.’’ Consistent with this authority and based on an evaluation of CIKR protection summarized below, on March 3, 2008 DHS designated Critical Manufacturing as an additional sector under the NIPP. Today’s manufacturing environment is integrated into complex, interdependent supply chains. Failure in any part of a supply chain can ripple Manufacturing industry rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 2. Machinery Manufacturing ..................................................... 3. Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing. 4. Transportation Equipment Manufacturing ............................ VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:09 Apr 29, 2008 Jkt 214001 through manufacturing systems, causing cascading economic impacts. Supply chains have been optimized for productivity and efficiency as opposed to redundancy, making them sensitive to disruption. Manufacturers rely heavily on information and communications systems, the interruption of which could degrade, damage, or shut down supply chain operations. Also, domestic manufacturers are increasingly reliant upon foreign sources of supply, energy, and on transcontinental transportation systems. The composition of the Critical Manufacturing Sector attempts to address the sensitivity of individual manufacturing systems and the role of the manufacturing industry in crosssector operations. The Critical Manufacturing Sector is comprised of the manufacturing industry systems and operations whose failure or disruption could cause one or more of the following: 1. A large number of fatalities, 2. Significant first year national economic impact, 3. Mass evacuations with prolonged absences of six or more months, or 4. A loss of governance or mission execution that disrupts multiple regions or critical infrastructure sectors for more than one week resulting in loss of necessary services to the public. Because of the importance of the manufacturing industry in sustaining cross-sector interdependencies, the Critical Manufacturing Sector also includes systems and operations that, if attacked or disrupted, would cause major interruptions to the essential functions of one or more other CIKR sectors and result in national-level impacts. Using all of the criteria above, DHS conducted a study of the manufacturing sector and identified four broad manufacturing industries which together meet the DHS definition of a CIKR sector and which will serve as the core of the new Critical Manufacturing sector. These industries, in part or in whole, are not adequately represented by the 17 existing CIKR sectors. The following industry systems now form the Critical Manufacturing Sector: Element 1. Primary Metal Manufacturing ............................................... PO 00000 Frm 00074 • • • • • Iron and Steel Mills and Ferro Alloy Manufacturing. Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing. Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing. Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing. Electrical Equipment Manufacturing. • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing. • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing. Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23477 E:\FR\FM\30APN1.SGM 30APN1 23478 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 84 / Wednesday, April 30, 2008 / Notices Manufacturing industry Element rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES • Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing. • Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing. IV. Incorporation of the Critical Manufacturing Sector Into the NIPP Framework The NIPP framework includes a SCC within all of the sectors containing private sector CIKR owners and/or operators. The SCC includes CIKR owners and/or operators and private industry trade associations representative of CIKR owners and/or operators. By policy, SCCs are selfcreated and self-led entities, and DHS encourages public engagement in the development of the Critical Manufacturing SCC. Each of the sectors also has a GCC whose membership includes a lead Federal agency that is defined as the SSA, and all of the relevant Federal, State, local, Tribal, and Territorial government agencies (or their representative trade associations) whose mission interests also involve the scope of the NIPP activities for that particular sector. As directed and authorized by section 4.1.1 of the NIPP (National-Level Coordination), the Assistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure Protection will assume interim leadership in supporting the development of an SCC and coordinating the development of a GCC, and identify an SSA to meet the requirements of HSPD–7 and the NIPP. At the conclusion of the above process, the Secretary will identify the GCC government agency membership and designate a Federal agency as the SSA. The SSA, SCC, and GCC will thereafter comprise the Critical Manufacturing Sector and continue to organize and coordinate in order to accommodate the intent of the NIPP and full integration into the CIKR Sector Partnership. As the NIPP is the primary mechanism for coordinating the coverage of CIKR sectors and their constituent systems and assets, DHS will revise its contents to include the Critical Manufacturing CIKR sector. As part of a comprehensive national review, DHS seeks comments on changes to the NIPP to reflect the addition of the Critical Manufacturing sector. These changes will include adding the Critical Manufacturing sector and its SSA to those sections of the NIPP where sectors and their SSAs are listed, referenced, or described. DHS will also amend the last sentence of the definition of ‘‘Sector’’ in the Glossary to read, ‘‘The NIPP addresses the 17 CIKR sectors enumerated in HSPD–7 and any VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:09 Apr 29, 2008 Jkt 214001 additional sectors created by the Secretary of Homeland Security pursuant to HSPD–7.’’ For purposes of review, the NIPP can be found at http://www.dhs.gov/nipp. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Robert B. Stephan, Assistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. E8–9412 Filed 4–29–08; 8:45 am] Agency Information Collection Activities: Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Comment Request BILLING CODE 4410–10–P ACTION: DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY National Communications System [Docket No. NCS—2008–0001] National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee National Communications System, DHS. ACTION: Notice of Time Change in Open Session. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

[Docket No. DHS-2008-0038]


Designation of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan 
Critical Manufacturing Sector

AGENCY: National Protection and Programs Directorate, DHS.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS) has designated Critical Manufacturing as an additional 
critical infrastructure sector under the National Infrastructure 
Protection Plan (NIPP) and, as part of a comprehensive national review 
process, solicits public comment on the actions necessary to 
incorporate this sector into the NIPP framework.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before May 10, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Comments must be identified by docket number DHS-2008-0038 
and may be submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: Nipp@dhs.gov. Include the docket number in the 
subject line of the message.
     Facsimile: 703-235-3057.
     Mail: R. James Caverly, NPPD/IP/POD; Mail Stop 8530, 
Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, SW., Washington, DC 
20528-8530.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: R. James Caverly, Director, 
Partnership and Outreach Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, 
National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland 
Security, Washington, DC 20528, 703-235-3634 or NIPP@dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Public Participation

    DHS invites interested persons to participate in the issues 
presented in this notice by submitting written data, views, or 
arguments. Comments that will provide the most assistance to DHS in 
developing these procedures will reference specific aspects of this 
notice, explain the reason for any recommended changes necessary to 
implement the Critical Manufacturing Sector, and include data, 
information, or authority that supports such recommended change. DHS 
invites comment on the proposed amendments to the National 
Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), the organization of the 
Government Coordinating Council

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(GCC), and designation of a Federal agency Sector Specific Agency 
(SSA).
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number for this action. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided. You may submit your comments and material by one 
of the methods specified in the ADDRESSES section. Please submit your 
comments and material by only one means to avoid the adjudication of 
duplicate submissions. If you submit comments by mail, your submission 
should be an unbound document and no larger than 8.5 by 11 inches to 
enable copying and electronic document management. If you want DHS to 
acknowledge receipt of comments by mail, include with your comments a 
self-addressed, stamped postcard that includes the docket number for 
this action. We will date your postcard and return it to you via 
regular mail.
    Docket: Background documents and comments received can be viewed at 
http://www.regulations.gov.

II. Background

    Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7) identifies 17 
sectors of critical infrastructure and key resources vital to the 
United States. The President designated these sectors as critical 
infrastructure and key resources based on the potential national impact 
of a terrorist attack on infrastructure functions, resources, and 
systems within these sectors. HSPD-7 identifies characteristics of 
Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) and establishes the 
policy to identify CIKR and protect them against terrorist acts that 
could:
    1. Cause catastrophic health effects or mass casualties,
    2. Impair Federal departments and agencies' abilities to perform 
essential missions or to ensure the public's health and safety,
    3. Undermine State and local government capacities to maintain 
order and to deliver minimum essential public services,
    4. Damage the private sectors' capability to ensure the orderly 
functioning of the economy and delivery of essential services,
    5. Have a negative effect on the economy through the cascading 
disruption of other critical infrastructure and key resources, or
    6. Undermine the public's morale and confidence in our national 
economic and political institutions.
    DHS announced the establishment of the Critical Infrastructure 
Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) by notice published in the Federal 
Register on March 24, 2006. See 71 FR 14930. CIPAC facilitates 
interaction between government officials and representatives of the 
community of owners and/or operators for each of the CIKR sectors 
defined by HSPD-7 and identified in the NIPP. The NIPP is the National 
policy framework that provides a coordinated approach to CIKR 
protection roles and responsibilities for federal, state, local, 
tribal, and private sector security partners. The NIPP sets national 
priorities, goals, and requirements for effective distribution of 
funding and resources that will help ensure that our government, 
economy, and public services continue in the event of a terrorist 
attack or other disaster.

III. Creation of the Critical Manufacturing Sector

    In addition to outlining CIKR characteristics and identifying 17 
CIKR sectors, HSPD-7 also directs DHS to ``evaluate the need for and 
coordinate the coverage of additional critical infrastructure and key 
resources categories over time, as appropriate.'' This authority is 
further provided in section 201(d)(5) of the Homeland Security Act [6 
U.S.C 121(d)(5)], which directs the Secretary of Homeland Security ``to 
develop a comprehensive national plan for securing the key resources 
and critical infrastructure of the United States.'' Consistent with 
this authority and based on an evaluation of CIKR protection summarized 
below, on March 3, 2008 DHS designated Critical Manufacturing as an 
additional sector under the NIPP.
    Today's manufacturing environment is integrated into complex, 
interdependent supply chains. Failure in any part of a supply chain can 
ripple through manufacturing systems, causing cascading economic 
impacts. Supply chains have been optimized for productivity and 
efficiency as opposed to redundancy, making them sensitive to 
disruption. Manufacturers rely heavily on information and 
communications systems, the interruption of which could degrade, 
damage, or shut down supply chain operations. Also, domestic 
manufacturers are increasingly reliant upon foreign sources of supply, 
energy, and on transcontinental transportation systems.
    The composition of the Critical Manufacturing Sector attempts to 
address the sensitivity of individual manufacturing systems and the 
role of the manufacturing industry in cross-sector operations. The 
Critical Manufacturing Sector is comprised of the manufacturing 
industry systems and operations whose failure or disruption could cause 
one or more of the following:
    1. A large number of fatalities,
    2. Significant first year national economic impact,
    3. Mass evacuations with prolonged absences of six or more months, 
or
    4. A loss of governance or mission execution that disrupts multiple 
regions or critical infrastructure sectors for more than one week 
resulting in loss of necessary services to the public.

Because of the importance of the manufacturing industry in sustaining 
cross-sector interdependencies, the Critical Manufacturing Sector also 
includes systems and operations that, if attacked or disrupted, would 
cause major interruptions to the essential functions of one or more 
other CIKR sectors and result in national-level impacts.
    Using all of the criteria above, DHS conducted a study of the 
manufacturing sector and identified four broad manufacturing industries 
which together meet the DHS definition of a CIKR sector and which will 
serve as the core of the new Critical Manufacturing sector. These 
industries, in part or in whole, are not adequately represented by the 
17 existing CIKR sectors. The following industry systems now form the 
Critical Manufacturing Sector:

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    Manufacturing industry                       Element
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1. Primary Metal Manufacturing   Iron and Steel Mills and Ferro
                                 Alloy Manufacturing.
                                 Alumina and Aluminum Production
                                 and Processing.
                                 Nonferrous Metal (except
                                 Aluminum) Production and Processing.
2. Machinery Manufacturing....   Engine, Turbine, and Power
                                 Transmission Equipment Manufacturing.
3. Electrical Equipment,         Electrical Equipment
 Appliance, and Component        Manufacturing.
 Manufacturing.
4. Transportation Equipment      Motor Vehicle Manufacturing.
 Manufacturing.
                                 Aerospace Product and Parts
                                 Manufacturing.

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                                 Railroad Rolling Stock
                                 Manufacturing.
                                 Other Transportation Equipment
                                 Manufacturing.
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IV. Incorporation of the Critical Manufacturing Sector Into the NIPP 
Framework

    The NIPP framework includes a SCC within all of the sectors 
containing private sector CIKR owners and/or operators. The SCC 
includes CIKR owners and/or operators and private industry trade 
associations representative of CIKR owners and/or operators. By policy, 
SCCs are self-created and self-led entities, and DHS encourages public 
engagement in the development of the Critical Manufacturing SCC. Each 
of the sectors also has a GCC whose membership includes a lead Federal 
agency that is defined as the SSA, and all of the relevant Federal, 
State, local, Tribal, and Territorial government agencies (or their 
representative trade associations) whose mission interests also involve 
the scope of the NIPP activities for that particular sector. As 
directed and authorized by section 4.1.1 of the NIPP (National-Level 
Coordination), the Assistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure 
Protection will assume interim leadership in supporting the development 
of an SCC and coordinating the development of a GCC, and identify an 
SSA to meet the requirements of HSPD-7 and the NIPP.
    At the conclusion of the above process, the Secretary will identify 
the GCC government agency membership and designate a Federal agency as 
the SSA. The SSA, SCC, and GCC will thereafter comprise the Critical 
Manufacturing Sector and continue to organize and coordinate in order 
to accommodate the intent of the NIPP and full integration into the 
CIKR Sector Partnership.
    As the NIPP is the primary mechanism for coordinating the coverage 
of CIKR sectors and their constituent systems and assets, DHS will 
revise its contents to include the Critical Manufacturing CIKR sector. 
As part of a comprehensive national review, DHS seeks comments on 
changes to the NIPP to reflect the addition of the Critical 
Manufacturing sector. These changes will include adding the Critical 
Manufacturing sector and its SSA to those sections of the NIPP where 
sectors and their SSAs are listed, referenced, or described. DHS will 
also amend the last sentence of the definition of ``Sector'' in the 
Glossary to read, ``The NIPP addresses the 17 CIKR sectors enumerated 
in HSPD-7 and any additional sectors created by the Secretary of 
Homeland Security pursuant to HSPD-7.''
    For purposes of review, the NIPP can be found at http://
www.dhs.gov/nipp.

Robert B. Stephan,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of 
Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. E8-9412 Filed 4-29-08; 8:45 am]
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