These are advisory committees operating under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA, 5 USC Appendix) that provide advice and/or recommendations to the President of the United States, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, or other departmental leadership involving matters of homeland security.
Our mission is to exercise control and lend oversight to all DHS FACA-related committees; equip the DFO (and ADFO) of each committee with the tools necessary to carry out their committee duties; facilitate stakeholder discussions; offer innovative solutions to FACA issues; and routinely provide the Department’s senior leaders with a snapshot of the FACA program.
- Traci Silas - CMO Director
- Victoria Hill - Deputy Director CMO
- Marvin Fell- Program Analyst
Provides information and advice to the President on the security of the information systems supporting the nation’s critical infrastructure.
Provides information and advice to the President on all telecommunications aspects affecting national security and emergency preparedness.
Reviews the programs of the National Fire Academy and makes recommendations to the Director of NFA, regarding the operation of the Academy and any improvements which the Board deems appropriate.
Advises the Commandant of the Coast Guard on matters relating to the safety of commercial fishing industry vessels.
Advises the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Treasury on issues relating to the commercial operations of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Expert Panel on Cost Estimating for the Public Assistance Program
Reviews the appropriateness of and provides recommendations on the cost estimating procedures for repairing, restoring, reconstructing, or replacing a damaged facility consistent with industry practices.
Advises, consults with, reports to and makes recommendations to the Commandant of the Coast Guard on matters relating to Great Lakes Pilotage.
Provides local expertise on matters relating to the transit of vessels and products through Galveston Bay, and to and from the Ports of Galveston, Texas City, and Houston.
Provides local expertise on matters relating to the transit of vessels and products to and from the Ports of the Lower Mississippi River.
Advises the Commandant of the Coast Guard on the evaluation processes and criteria for medical certification of merchant mariners, including physical qualification requirements.
Advises the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on all aspects of emergency management.
Advises the Commandant of the Coast Guard on matters relating to the prevention of collisions, rammings, and groundings.
Advises the Coast Guard on major recreational boat safety matters related to the Federal Board Safety Act of 1971.
Develops a national strategy and policy to provide for efficient, coordinated and effective action to deter and minimize damage from maritime-related transportation security incidents.
Advises the Administrator of FEMA on certain aspects of FEMA’s flood risk mapping activities.
Advises the Commandant of the Coast Guard on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety.
Provides advice on issues related to the performance of airport and seaport immigration inspection services, including when such services should be performed, the proper number and deployment of inspection officers, fees and the appropriateness of any proposed fee.
Provides advice on issues related to the performance of inspection service of the Customs Service.
Provides recommendations for the improvement of civil aviation security methods, equipment, and procedures.
Advises the Commandant on matters concerning the safe and secure marine transportation of hazardous materials in bulk.
Advises the Secretary and the Chief Privacy Officer of DHS on programmatic, policy, operational, administrative, and technological issues within DHS that affect individual privacy, as well as data integrity and data interoperability and other privacy-related matters.
Provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary and senior leadership on matters relating to student and recent graduate recruitment.
Provides organizationally independent advice and recommendations to the Secretary to aid in the creation and implementation of critical and actionable policy relating to the security of the American homeland.
Provides recommendations to the Director of the Homeland Security Operations Center on the requirements of end users within Federal, state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector regarding the Homeland Security Information Network.
Provides recommendations to the Under Secretary for Science and Technology including identifying research areas of potential importance to the security of the nation.
Advises the Commandant of the Coast Guard on matters relating to the training, qualification, licensing, certification and fitness standards for seamen serving in the U.S. merchant marine.
Provides industry-based advice and expertise to the President on issues and problems related to implementing national security and emergency preparedness communications policy.
Advises the Commandant of the Coast Guard on matters related to the offshore mineral and energy industries, including activities directly involved with or in support of the exploration of offshore mineral and energy resources insofar as they relate to matters within Coast Guard jurisdiction.