Sunshine Act Meetings, 48409 [2021-18729]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 165 / Monday, August 30, 2021 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Guaranty Agencies Security Self-assessment and Attestation. OMB Control Number: 1845–0134. Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Private Sector; State, Local, and Tribal Governments. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 20. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 6,320. Abstract: This is a request for an extension of the approved information collection used by Federal Student Aid (FSA) to ensure that all data collected and managed by Guaranty Agencies (GAs) in support federal student financial aid programs is secure. FSA continues to use a formal assessment program that ensures the GAs have security protocols in place to protect the confidentiality and integrity of data entrusted to FSA by students and families. This assessment will identify security deficiencies based on the federal standards described in the National Institute of Standards and Technology publications. Dated: August 24, 2021. Juliana Pearson, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Governance and Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2021–18572 Filed 8–27–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:40 Aug 27, 2021 Jkt 253001 ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meetings U.S. Election Assistance Commission. ACTION: Notice of public meeting agenda. AGENCY: U.S. Election Assistance Commission Meeting on Moving VVSG 2.0 Forward. DATES: Wednesday, September 8th, 2021, 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Eastern. ADDRESSES: Virtual via Zoom: The official meeting is open to the public and will be livestreamed on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/ UCpN6i0g2rlF4ITWhwvBwwZw. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristen Muthig, Telephone: (202) 897– 9285, Email: kmuthig@eac.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose: In accordance with the Government in the Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act), Public Law 94–409, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552b), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will conduct an official meeting discuss various aspects of implementing the newly adopted Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) version 2.0 as well as the VVSG Lifecycle Policy. Agenda: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will meet with panels consisting of voting system manufacturers, voting system test labs (VSTLs), and representatives from the election administration community to discuss various aspects of the final stages of VVSG 2.0 implementation. This includes the state of developing voting system equipment for VVSG 2.0 compliance, preparation for testing against the new requirements, and the need for VVSG 2.0 compliant systems. The EAC Commissioners will be requesting feedback from the panels on these topics. The EAC Testing and Certification Director will provide a brief update on the status of various aspects from the agency perspective. Commissioners will also hear from members of the public who wish to offer verbal testimony on the VVSG 2.0 implementation. Public testimony during the hearing will be limited to five minutes maximum per person. If you would like to participate in public testimony, please contact Jon Panek (jpanek@eac.gov) with your full name, email address, and phone number no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on September 3, 2021. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 48409 The full agenda will be posted in advance on the EAC website: https:// www.eac.gov. Background: On February 10th, 2021 the EAC Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt VVSG 2.0. This vote represents the official approval of years of work by EAC staff in conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the EAC’s advisory boards, VVSG working groups, and input from the public on the content in the latest iteration of the VVSG. The vote to adopt the new requirements does not mean there are new voting systems ready to be certified to the VVSG 2.0. It is the beginning of the final phase of implementing the new requirements in preparation for testing and certifying the next generation of voting system equipment. This final phase of VVSG 2.0 implementation involves a significant amount of work. Voting system manufacturers must design new equipment for compliance with the VVSG 2.0. This process can take a significant amount of time and research as the manufacturers work through the new requirements to design their equipment. The NIST NVLAP handbook 150–22, which is utilized as a guideline for accrediting VSTLs, must be updated to include the VVSG 2.0 into its scope. Following that, the VSTLs need to be assessed and accredited by both NVLAP and the EAC once they have completed their preparations for testing to the new requirements. Once a VSTL is successfully accredited, voting system manufacturers may apply with the EAC to have their equipment tested against VVSG 2.0. The EAC is currently drafting a VVSG Lifecycle Policy. The intent of this policy is to help facilitate migration to the new VVSG 2.0 standard by providing guidance on deprecation of the obsolete standards, establishing a periodic review and update timeline for new standards going forward, and versioning of future standards. Status: This meeting will be open to the public. Nichelle Williams, Director of Research, U.S. Election Assistance Commission. [FR Doc. 2021–18729 Filed 8–26–21; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE P E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1

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ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION


Sunshine Act Meetings

AGENCY: U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting agenda.

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SUMMARY: U.S. Election Assistance Commission Meeting on Moving VVSG 2.0 
Forward.

DATES: Wednesday, September 8th, 2021, 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Eastern.

ADDRESSES: 
    Virtual via Zoom:
    The official meeting is open to the public and will be livestreamed 
on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission YouTube Channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpN6i0g2rlF4ITWhwvBwwZw.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristen Muthig, Telephone: (202) 897-
9285, Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Purpose: In accordance with the Government in the Sunshine Act 
(Sunshine Act), Public Law 94-409, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552b), the U.S. 
Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will conduct an official meeting 
discuss various aspects of implementing the newly adopted Voluntary 
Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) version 2.0 as well as the VVSG 
Lifecycle Policy.
    Agenda: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will meet 
with panels consisting of voting system manufacturers, voting system 
test labs (VSTLs), and representatives from the election administration 
community to discuss various aspects of the final stages of VVSG 2.0 
implementation. This includes the state of developing voting system 
equipment for VVSG 2.0 compliance, preparation for testing against the 
new requirements, and the need for VVSG 2.0 compliant systems.
    The EAC Commissioners will be requesting feedback from the panels 
on these topics. The EAC Testing and Certification Director will 
provide a brief update on the status of various aspects from the agency 
perspective.
    Commissioners will also hear from members of the public who wish to 
offer verbal testimony on the VVSG 2.0 implementation. Public testimony 
during the hearing will be limited to five minutes maximum per person. 
If you would like to participate in public testimony, please contact 
Jon Panek ([email protected]) with your full name, email address, and 
phone number no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on September 3, 2021.
    The full agenda will be posted in advance on the EAC website: 
https://www.eac.gov.
    Background: On February 10th, 2021 the EAC Commissioners 
unanimously voted to adopt VVSG 2.0. This vote represents the official 
approval of years of work by EAC staff in conjunction with the National 
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the EAC's advisory 
boards, VVSG working groups, and input from the public on the content 
in the latest iteration of the VVSG.
    The vote to adopt the new requirements does not mean there are new 
voting systems ready to be certified to the VVSG 2.0. It is the 
beginning of the final phase of implementing the new requirements in 
preparation for testing and certifying the next generation of voting 
system equipment. This final phase of VVSG 2.0 implementation involves 
a significant amount of work.
    Voting system manufacturers must design new equipment for 
compliance with the VVSG 2.0. This process can take a significant 
amount of time and research as the manufacturers work through the new 
requirements to design their equipment.
    The NIST NVLAP handbook 150-22, which is utilized as a guideline 
for accrediting VSTLs, must be updated to include the VVSG 2.0 into its 
scope. Following that, the VSTLs need to be assessed and accredited by 
both NVLAP and the EAC once they have completed their preparations for 
testing to the new requirements. Once a VSTL is successfully 
accredited, voting system manufacturers may apply with the EAC to have 
their equipment tested against VVSG 2.0.
    The EAC is currently drafting a VVSG Lifecycle Policy. The intent 
of this policy is to help facilitate migration to the new VVSG 2.0 
standard by providing guidance on deprecation of the obsolete 
standards, establishing a periodic review and update timeline for new 
standards going forward, and versioning of future standards.
    Status: This meeting will be open to the public.

Nichelle Williams,
Director of Research, U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
[FR Doc. 2021-18729 Filed 8-26-21; 11:15 am]
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