Recruitment of First Responder Network Authority Board Members, 12659-12661 [2021-04473]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 41 / Thursday, March 4, 2021 / Notices Advisory Committee website at http:// ioos.noaa.gov/community/u-s-ioosadvisory-committee/ for the most up-todate information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Krisa Arzayus, Designated Federal Official, U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee, U.S. IOOS Program, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone 240–533–9455; Fax 301– 713–3281; Email krisa.arzayus@ noaa.gov or visit the U.S. IOOS Advisory Committee website at http:// ioos.noaa.gov/community/u-s-ioosadvisory-committee/. To register for the meeting, contact Laura Gewain, laura.gewain@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee was established by the NOAA Administrator as directed by Section 12304 of the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act, part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111– 11), and reauthorized under the Coordinated Ocean Observations and Research Act of 2020 (Pub. L. 116–271). The Committee advises the NOAA Administrator and the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 12302 of the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 and other appropriate matters as the Under Secretary refers to the Committee for review and advice. The Committee will provide advice on: (A) Administration, operation, management, and maintenance of the System; (B) expansion and periodic modernization and upgrade of technology components of the System; (C) identification of end-user communities, their needs for information provided by the System, and the System’s effectiveness in disseminating information to end-user communities and to the general public; and (D) additional priorities, including— (i) a national surface current mapping network designed to improve fine scale sea surface mapping using high frequency radar technology and other emerging technologies to address national priorities, including Coast Guard search and rescue operation planning and harmful algal bloom forecasting and detection that— (I) is comprised of existing high frequency radar and other sea surface current mapping infrastructure operated by national programs and regional coastal observing systems; (II) incorporates new high frequency radar assets or other fine scale sea VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:27 Mar 03, 2021 Jkt 253001 surface mapping technology assets, and other assets needed to fill gaps in coverage on United States coastlines; and (III) follows a deployment plan that prioritizes closing gaps in high frequency radar infrastructure in the United States, starting with areas demonstrating significant sea surface current data needs, especially in areas where additional data will improve Coast Guard search and rescue models; (ii) fleet acquisition for unmanned maritime systems for deployment and data integration to fulfill the purposes of this subtitle; (iii) an integrative survey program for application of unmanned maritime systems to the real-time or near realtime collection and transmission of sea floor, water column, and sea surface data on biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and hydrography; (iv) remote sensing and data assimilation to develop new analytical methodologies to assimilate data from the System into hydrodynamic models; (v) integrated, multi-State monitoring to assess sources, movement, and fate of sediments in coastal regions; (vi) a multi-region marine sound monitoring system to be— (I) planned in consultation with the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Navy, and academic research institutions; and (II) developed, installed, and operated in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Navy, and academic research institutions; and (E) any other purpose identified by the Administrator or the Council. The meeting will be open to public participation with a 10-minute public comment period on from 4:45pm to 5:00pm EDT each day of the meeting (check agenda on website to confirm time). The Committee expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of three (3) minutes. Written comments should be received by the Designated Federal Official by March 15, 2021, to provide sufficient time for Committee review. Written comments received after March 15, 2021, will be distributed to the Committee, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. To submit written comments, please email your comments, your name as it appears on your driver’s license, and the PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12659 organization/company affiliation you represent to Krisa Arzayus, Krisa.Arzayus@noaa.gov and Laura Gewain, Laura.Gewain@noaa.gov. Matters to be considered: The meeting will focus on updates from committee working groups on ongoing committee priorities, including the role of ocean observations in forecasting, strategy and vision for the System, partnerships for a successful System, and requirements for the System, in order to develop the next set of recommendations to NOAA and the IOOC. The latest version of the agenda will be posted at http:// ioos.noaa.gov/community/u-s-ioosadvisory-committee/. Special accomodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Krisa Arzayus, Designated Federal Official at Krisa.Arzayus@noaa.gov and Laura.Gewain@noaa.gov or 240–533– 9455 by March 10, 2021. Krisa M. Arzayus, Deputy Director, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Office, National Ocean Service. [FR Doc. 2021–04495 Filed 3–3–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–JE–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Recruitment of First Responder Network Authority Board Members National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issues this Notice to initiate the annual process to seek expressions of interest from individuals who would like to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority Board or Board). The terms of 11 of the 12 non-permanent members to the FirstNet Authority Board will be available for appointment and reappointment in 2021. DATES: To be considered for the calendar year 2021 appointments, expressions of interest must be electronically transmitted on or before April 5, 2021. ADDRESSES: Applicants should submit expressions of interest as described below to: Michael Dame, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 12660 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 41 / Thursday, March 4, 2021 / Notices Public Safety Communications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, by email to FirstNetBoardApplicant@ntia.doc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Dame, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Public Safety Communications, National Telecommunications and Information Administration; telephone: (202) 482– 1181; email: mdame@ntia.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA’s Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482–7002. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Background and Authority The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act) created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) as an independent authority within NTIA. The Act charged the FirstNet Authority with ensuring the building, deployment, and operation of a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network, based on a single, national network architecture.1 The FirstNet Authority holds the single nationwide public safety license granted for wireless public safety broadband deployment. The FirstNet Authority Board is responsible for providing overall policy direction and oversight of FirstNet to ensure that the nationwide network continuously meets the needs of public safety. II. Structure The FirstNet Authority Board is composed of 15 voting members. The Act names the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General of the United States, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget as permanent members of the FirstNet Authority Board. The Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) appoints the 12 non-permanent members of the FirstNet Authority Board.2 The Act requires each Board member to have experience or expertise in at least one of the following substantive areas: Public safety, network, technical, and/or financial.3 Additionally, the composition of the FirstNet Authority Board must satisfy the other requirements specified in the Act, including that: (i) At least three members have served as public safety professionals; (ii) at least three members represent the collective interests of states, localities, tribes, and territories; and (iii) its members reflect geographic and regional, as well as rural and urban, representation.4 An individual Board 1 47 U.S.C. 1422(b). U.S.C. 1424(b). 3 47 U.S.C. 1424(b)(2)(B). 4 47 U.S.C. 1424(b)(2)(A). 2 47 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:27 Mar 03, 2021 Jkt 253001 member may satisfy more than one of these requirements. The current nonpermanent FirstNet Authority Board members are (noting expiration of term): • Robert Tipton Osterthaler, Board Chair, Business/technology executive, network (Term expired: January 2021) • Matt Slinkard, Executive Assistant Chief of Police, City of Houston Police Department (Term expired: January 2021) • David Zolet, CEO, CentralSquare (Term expired: January 2021) • Vacant (Term expired: January 2021) • Richard Carrizzo, Board Vice Chair, Fire Chief, Southern Platte Fire Protection District, MO (Term expires: August 2021) • Neil E. Cox, Telecommunications/ technology executive (Term expires: August 2021) • Brian Crawford, SVP and Chief Administrative Officer for WillisKnighton Health System/former Fire Chief and municipal government executive (Term expires: August 2021) • Billy Hewes, Mayor of Gulfport, MS (Term expires: August 2021) • Edward Horowitz, Venture capital/ technology executive (Term expires: August 2021) • Paul Patrick, Division Director, Family Health and Preparedness, Utah Department of Health (Term expires: August 2021) • Brigadier General Welton Chase, Retired, U.S. Army, Army Information Technology/CEO, Chase Cyber Consulting (Term expires: September 2021) • Karima Holmes, Senior Director, ShotSpotter, Inc. (Term expires: August 2022) Any Board member whose term has expired may serve until such member’s successor has taken office, or until the end of the calendar year in which such member’s term has expired, whichever is earlier.5 Board members will be appointed for a term of three years.6 Board members may not serve more than two consecutive full three-year terms.7 More information about the FirstNet Authority Board is available at www.firstnet.gov/about/Board. III. Compensation and Status as Government Employees FirstNet Authority Board members are appointed as special government 5 47 U.S.C. 1424(c)(2)(B). [a]ny member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which that member’s predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of the predecessor’s term. See 47 U.S.C. 1424(c)(2)(C). 7 47 U.S.C. 1424(c)(2)(A)(ii). employees. FirstNet Authority Board members are compensated at the daily rate of basic pay for level IV of the Executive Schedule (approximately $172,500 per year) for each day worked on the FirstNet Authority Board.8 Each Board member must be a United States citizen, cannot be a registered lobbyist, and cannot be a registered agent of, employed by, or receive payments from, a foreign government.9 IV. Financial Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest FirstNet Authority Board members must comply with certain federal conflict of interest statutes and ethics regulations, including some financial disclosure requirements. A FirstNet Authority Board member will generally be prohibited from participating on any particular FirstNet Authority matter that will have a direct and predictable effect on his or her personal financial interests or on the interests of the appointee’s spouse, minor children, or non-federal employer. V. Selection Process At the direction of the Secretary, NTIA will conduct outreach to the public safety community, state and local organizations, and industry to solicit nominations for candidates to the Board who satisfy the statutory requirements for membership. In addition, the Secretary, through NTIA, will accept expressions of interest from any individual, or from any organization proposing a candidate who satisfies the statutory requirements for membership on the FirstNet Authority Board. To be considered for a calendar year 2021 appointment, expressions of interest must be electronically transmitted on or before April 5, 2021. All parties submitting an expression of interest should submit the candidate’s (i) full name, address, telephone number, email address; (ii) current resume; (iii) statement of qualifications that references how the candidate satisfies the Act’s expertise, representational, and geographic requirements for FirstNet Authority Board membership, as described in this Notice; and (iv) a statement describing why the candidate wants to serve on the FirstNet Authority Board, affirming their ability and availability to take a regular and active role in the Board’s work. The Secretary will select FirstNet Authority Board candidates based on 6 However, PO 00000 Frm 00068 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8 47 U.S.C. 1424(g). Revised Guidance on Appointment of Lobbyists to Federal Advisory Committees, Boards, and Commissions, Office of Management and Budget, 79 FR 47482 (Aug. 13, 2014). 9 See E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 41 / Thursday, March 4, 2021 / Notices the eligibility requirements in the Act and recommendations submitted by NTIA. NTIA will recommend candidates based on an assessment of qualifications as well as demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative way to achieve the goals and objectives of the FirstNet Authority as set forth in the Act. NTIA may consult with FirstNet Authority Board members or executives in making its recommendation. Board candidates will be vetted through the Department of Commerce and are subject to an appropriate background check for security clearance. Dated: March 1, 2021. Kathy Smith, Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration. [FR Doc. 2021–04473 Filed 3–3–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–WL–P CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Pilot and Test Data Corporation for National and Community Service. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: The Corporation for National and Community Service, operating as AmeriCorps, has submitted a public information collection request (ICR) entitled Generic Clearance for the Collection of Pilot and Test Data for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the individual and office listed in the ADDRESSES section by April 5, 2021. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Copies of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling Amy Borgstrom at 202–422–2781 or by email to aborgstrom@cns.gov. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:27 Mar 03, 2021 Jkt 253001 The OMB is particularly interested in comments which: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of AmeriCorps, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions; • Propose ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Propose ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments A 60-day Notice requesting public comment was published in the Federal Register on Monday, November 30 at 85: 76543. This comment period ended January 29, 2021. No comments were received. Title of Collection: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Pilot and Test Data. OMB Control Number: 3045–0163. Type of Review: Renewal. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals and Households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 350. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 10,500 minutes. Abstract: AmeriCorps seeks to renew the current information collection. The information collection will enable pilot testing of survey instruments in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration’s commitment to improving service delivery. By pilot testing we mean information that provides useful insights on how respondents interact with the instrument, but are not statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the population of study. This feedback will provide insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences and expectations regarding prospective studies. It will also allow feedback to contribute directly to the improvement of research program management. The Agency will only submit a collection for approval under this generic clearance if it meets the following conditions: • The collections are voluntary; • The collections are low-burden for respondents (based on considerations of PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12661 total burden hours, total number of respondents, or burden-hours per respondent) and are low-cost for both the respondents and the Federal Government; • The collections are noncontroversial and do not raise issues of concern to other Federal agencies; • Any collection is targeted to the solicitation of opinions from respondents who have experience with the program or may have experience with the program in the near future; • Personally identifiable information (PII) is collected only to the extent necessary and is not retained; • Information gathered will be used only internally for general service improvement and program management purposes and is not intended for release outside of the agency; • Information gathered will not be used for the purpose of substantially informing influential policy decisions; and • Information gathered will yield qualitative information; the collections will not be designed or expected to yield statistically reliable results or used as though the results are generalizable to the population of study. Feedback collected under this generic clearance provides useful information, but it does not yield data that can be generalized to the overall population. This type of generic clearance for qualitative information will not be used for quantitative information collections that are designed to yield reliably actionable results, such as monitoring trends over time or documenting program performance. Such data uses require more rigorous designs that address the target population to which generalizations will be made, the sampling frame, the sample design (including stratification and clustering), the precision requirements or power calculations that justify the proposed sample size, the expected response rate, methods for assessing potential nonresponse bias, the protocols for data collection, and any testing procedures that were or will be undertaken prior to fielding the study. Depending on the degree of influence the results are likely to have, such collections may still be eligible for submission for other generic mechanisms that are designed to yield quantitative results. As a general matter, information collections will not result in any new system of records containing privacy information and will not ask questions of a sensitive nature, such as sexual behavior and attitudes, religious beliefs, and other matters that are commonly considered private. The information collection will be used in the same E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Recruitment of First Responder Network Authority Board Members

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
(NTIA) issues this Notice to initiate the annual process to seek 
expressions of interest from individuals who would like to serve on the 
Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority 
Board or Board). The terms of 11 of the 12 non-permanent members to the 
FirstNet Authority Board will be available for appointment and 
reappointment in 2021.

DATES: To be considered for the calendar year 2021 appointments, 
expressions of interest must be electronically transmitted on or before 
April 5, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Applicants should submit expressions of interest as 
described below to: Michael Dame, Deputy Associate Administrator, 
Office of

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Public Safety Communications, National Telecommunications and 
Information Administration, by email to 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Dame, Deputy Associate 
Administrator, Office of Public Safety Communications, National 
Telecommunications and Information Administration; telephone: (202) 
482-1181; email: [email protected]. Please direct media inquiries to 
NTIA's Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background and Authority

    The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act) 
created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) as 
an independent authority within NTIA. The Act charged the FirstNet 
Authority with ensuring the building, deployment, and operation of a 
nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network, based on a 
single, national network architecture.\1\ The FirstNet Authority holds 
the single nationwide public safety license granted for wireless public 
safety broadband deployment. The FirstNet Authority Board is 
responsible for providing overall policy direction and oversight of 
FirstNet to ensure that the nationwide network continuously meets the 
needs of public safety.
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    \1\ 47 U.S.C. 1422(b).
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II. Structure

    The FirstNet Authority Board is composed of 15 voting members. The 
Act names the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General of 
the United States, and the Director of the Office of Management and 
Budget as permanent members of the FirstNet Authority Board. The 
Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) appoints the 12 non-permanent members 
of the FirstNet Authority Board.\2\
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    \2\ 47 U.S.C. 1424(b).
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    The Act requires each Board member to have experience or expertise 
in at least one of the following substantive areas: Public safety, 
network, technical, and/or financial.\3\ Additionally, the composition 
of the FirstNet Authority Board must satisfy the other requirements 
specified in the Act, including that: (i) At least three members have 
served as public safety professionals; (ii) at least three members 
represent the collective interests of states, localities, tribes, and 
territories; and (iii) its members reflect geographic and regional, as 
well as rural and urban, representation.\4\ An individual Board member 
may satisfy more than one of these requirements. The current non-
permanent FirstNet Authority Board members are (noting expiration of 
term):
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    \3\ 47 U.S.C. 1424(b)(2)(B).
    \4\ 47 U.S.C. 1424(b)(2)(A).

 Robert Tipton Osterthaler, Board Chair, Business/technology 
executive, network (Term expired: January 2021)
 Matt Slinkard, Executive Assistant Chief of Police, City of 
Houston Police Department (Term expired: January 2021)
 David Zolet, CEO, CentralSquare (Term expired: January 2021)
 Vacant (Term expired: January 2021)
 Richard Carrizzo, Board Vice Chair, Fire Chief, Southern 
Platte Fire Protection District, MO (Term expires: August 2021)
 Neil E. Cox, Telecommunications/technology executive (Term 
expires: August 2021)
 Brian Crawford, SVP and Chief Administrative Officer for 
Willis-Knighton Health System/former Fire Chief and municipal 
government executive (Term expires: August 2021)
 Billy Hewes, Mayor of Gulfport, MS (Term expires: August 2021)
 Edward Horowitz, Venture capital/technology executive (Term 
expires: August 2021)
 Paul Patrick, Division Director, Family Health and 
Preparedness, Utah Department of Health (Term expires: August 2021)
 Brigadier General Welton Chase, Retired, U.S. Army, Army 
Information Technology/CEO, Chase Cyber Consulting (Term expires: 
September 2021)
 Karima Holmes, Senior Director, ShotSpotter, Inc. (Term 
expires: August 2022)

    Any Board member whose term has expired may serve until such 
member's successor has taken office, or until the end of the calendar 
year in which such member's term has expired, whichever is earlier.\5\ 
Board members will be appointed for a term of three years.\6\ Board 
members may not serve more than two consecutive full three-year 
terms.\7\ More information about the FirstNet Authority Board is 
available at www.firstnet.gov/about/Board.
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    \5\ 47 U.S.C. 1424(c)(2)(B).
    \6\ However, [a]ny member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring 
prior to the expiration of the term for which that member's 
predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of 
the predecessor's term. See 47 U.S.C. 1424(c)(2)(C).
    \7\ 47 U.S.C. 1424(c)(2)(A)(ii).
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III. Compensation and Status as Government Employees

    FirstNet Authority Board members are appointed as special 
government employees. FirstNet Authority Board members are compensated 
at the daily rate of basic pay for level IV of the Executive Schedule 
(approximately $172,500 per year) for each day worked on the FirstNet 
Authority Board.\8\ Each Board member must be a United States citizen, 
cannot be a registered lobbyist, and cannot be a registered agent of, 
employed by, or receive payments from, a foreign government.\9\
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    \8\ 47 U.S.C. 1424(g).
    \9\ See Revised Guidance on Appointment of Lobbyists to Federal 
Advisory Committees, Boards, and Commissions, Office of Management 
and Budget, 79 FR 47482 (Aug. 13, 2014).
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IV. Financial Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

    FirstNet Authority Board members must comply with certain federal 
conflict of interest statutes and ethics regulations, including some 
financial disclosure requirements. A FirstNet Authority Board member 
will generally be prohibited from participating on any particular 
FirstNet Authority matter that will have a direct and predictable 
effect on his or her personal financial interests or on the interests 
of the appointee's spouse, minor children, or non-federal employer.

V. Selection Process

    At the direction of the Secretary, NTIA will conduct outreach to 
the public safety community, state and local organizations, and 
industry to solicit nominations for candidates to the Board who satisfy 
the statutory requirements for membership. In addition, the Secretary, 
through NTIA, will accept expressions of interest from any individual, 
or from any organization proposing a candidate who satisfies the 
statutory requirements for membership on the FirstNet Authority Board. 
To be considered for a calendar year 2021 appointment, expressions of 
interest must be electronically transmitted on or before April 5, 2021.
    All parties submitting an expression of interest should submit the 
candidate's (i) full name, address, telephone number, email address; 
(ii) current resume; (iii) statement of qualifications that references 
how the candidate satisfies the Act's expertise, representational, and 
geographic requirements for FirstNet Authority Board membership, as 
described in this Notice; and (iv) a statement describing why the 
candidate wants to serve on the FirstNet Authority Board, affirming 
their ability and availability to take a regular and active role in the 
Board's work.
    The Secretary will select FirstNet Authority Board candidates based 
on

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the eligibility requirements in the Act and recommendations submitted 
by NTIA. NTIA will recommend candidates based on an assessment of 
qualifications as well as demonstrated ability to work in a 
collaborative way to achieve the goals and objectives of the FirstNet 
Authority as set forth in the Act. NTIA may consult with FirstNet 
Authority Board members or executives in making its recommendation. 
Board candidates will be vetted through the Department of Commerce and 
are subject to an appropriate background check for security clearance.

    Dated: March 1, 2021.
Kathy Smith,
Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration.
[FR Doc. 2021-04473 Filed 3-3-21; 8:45 am]
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