National Infrastructure Advisory Council
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The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) is a United States government advisory council, which advises the President of the United States on the security of information systems in banking, finance, transportation, energy, manufacturing, and emergency government services. The George W. Bush Administration's executive order 13231 of October 16, 2001 created the NIAC, and its functioning was last extended until September 30, 2017 by executive order 13708 of the Barack Obama Administration.
The NIAC provides the United States President, through the Secretary of Homeland Security, with advice on the security of critical infrastructures, both physical and cyber, supporting sectors of the economy. It also has the authority to provide advice directly to the heads of other agencies that have shared responsibility for critical infrastructure protection, including Health and Human Services, Transportation, and Energy. The NIAC is charged to improve the cooperation and partnership between the public and private sectors in securing the critical infrastructures and advises on policies and strategies that range from risk assessment and management to information sharing to protective strategies and clarification on roles and responsibilities between public and private sectors.
The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) was created by Executive Order 13231 of October 16, 2001 and amended by Executive Order 13286 of February 28, 2003, Executive Order 13385 of September 29, 2005, Executive Order 13446 of September 28, 2007, and Executive Order 13511 of September 29, 2009. The Council is composed of not more than 30 members, appointed by the President, who are selected from the private sector, academia, and State and local government, representing senior executive leadership expertise from the critical infrastructure and key resource areas as delineated in HSPD-7. LEADERSHIP: The position of NIAC Chair and Vice-Chair are named by the President. Currently, the NIAC Chair position is held by Mr. Erle A. Nye, Chairman Emeritus, TXU Corporation, and Mr. Alfred R. Berkeley III, Chairman, Pipeline Trading, LLC, serves as the Vice Chair.
The Partnership and Outreach Division (POD) within the Department of Homeland Security serves as the NIAC Secretariat. POD is the primary hub for critical infrastructure expertise, coordinates infrastructure situational and operational awareness for DHS, and builds and maintains public-private partnerships and forums to engage and support critical infrastructure sectors, including the responsibility for developing and maintaining information sharing programs with the sectors.
The NIAC meets publicly four times each year. All meetings, whether in person or by teleconference, are hosted in Washington, D.C. in a venue open to the public and members desiring to attend in person. The Council uses its public meetings as working meetings, focused on progress reports from its working groups and on deliberations to produce useful and actionable recommendations in a timely manner. The Council is very active, taking on up to six major studies per year, with high performance goals of delivering quality, well-researched reports between 6–12 months from the inception of the selected studies. Its reports have drawn public and private sector interest with regular requests from Congressional committees for copies. Public meetings are normally attended by several members of the Press. The President meets with the Council at least once a year and has directed very specific requests to the Council for recommendations on issues of interest. The White House monitors the progress of the Council’s studies on a regular basis between meetings through a liaison in the Homeland Security Council.
As of January 30, 2017 the members of the NIAC are:
- Jan Allman, President of Marinette Marine Corporation
- Rand Beers, Former Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Georges Benjamin, Executive Director at American Public Health Association
- William Terry Boston, Former Chief Executive Officer of PJM Interconnection
- Robert O. Carr, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Heartland Payment Systems
- Cristin Dorgelo, Former Chief of Staff at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Albert J. Edmonds, Lt. Gen. USAF (Ret.), President and CEO of Edmonds Enterprise Services, Inc.
- Benjamin Fowke, Chairman and CEO of Xcel Energy
- Christy Goldfuss, Former Managing Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality
- David J. Grain, Founder and Managing Partner, Grain Management
- Margaret E. Grayson, President, Commercial Sector Consulting Services Group
- George Hawkins, CEO and General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
- Rhoda Mae Kerr, Former President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs
- Constance H. Lau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hawaiian Electric Industries
- Joan M. McDonald, Principal, JMM Strategic Solutions
- James J. Murren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MGM Resorts International
- Carl Newman, General Manager, Bush Intercontinental Airport at Houston Airport System
- Thomas E. Noonan, Former General Manager, Cisco Energy Services
- Keith T. Parker, General Manager and CEO of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
- DJ Patil, Former Chief Data Scientist in the Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Diana Perreiah, President, Arconic Building and Construction Systems
- Amy Pope, Deputy Assistant to the President at the National Security Council
- Charles H. Ramsey, Former Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department
- James A. Reid, President, Americas Strategic Initiatives, CBRE
- Beverly A. Scott, CEO, Beverly Scott Associates, LLC
- Dan Tangherlini, President and Founder of SeamlessDocs Federal
- Dan Utech, Former Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
- Michael J. Wallace, Former Vice Chairman and COO, Constellation Energy
This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Department of Homeland Security document [https://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/niac/niac-brochure-2011-02-25.pdf "FACT SHEET The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC)"].