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FCC EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS OF TRIBAL REPRESENTATIVES TO SERVE ON FCC-NATIVE NATIONS BROADBAND TASK FORCE

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Released: September 27, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322


DA 10-1315

Released: July 14, 2010

FCC EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS OF TRIBAL REPRESENTATIVES TO

SERVE ON FCC-NATIVE NATIONS BROADBAND TASK FORCE

Revised Deadline: August 20, 2010

On June 2, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or "Commission") released a
Public Notice seeking nominations of Tribal representatives to serve on the FCC-Native Nations
Broadband Task Force ("Task Force").1 The Public Notice requested that nominations be submitted by
July 15, 2010.2 The Commission has determined that a short extension of time to submit nominations is
advisable to permit Tribal governments adequate time to complete their internal processes associated with
nominating a representative to the Task Force. Therefore, on its own motion, the Commission now
extends the deadline for the receipt of nominations of Tribal representatives for the Task Force until
August 20, 2010.
As discussed in the June 2, 2010 Public Notice, the Task Force will assist the Commission in
fulfilling its commitment to increasing broadband deployment and adoption on Tribal lands. It will be
responsible for, among other things, assisting in developing and executing a Commission consultation
policy, eliciting input to ensure that Native concerns are considered in all Commission proceedings
related to broadband, developing additional recommendations for promoting broadband deployment and
adoption on Tribal lands, and coordinating with external entities, including other Federal departments and
agencies. The Task Force will be comprised of senior Commission staff and elected leaders from
Federally-recognized Native American governments or governmental entities (or their designated
employees).
Applicants should be willing to commit to a two-year term of service, which requires
participation, either in person or by teleconference, in the meetings of the Task Force. It is anticipated
that most meetings will take place in Washington, D.C. Attendance in person will be at the applicant's
own expense. Members will also have an initial and continuing obligation to disclose any interests in, or
connections to, persons or entities who are or will be regulated by, or who have interests before, the
Commission.


1 See FCC Establishes FCC-Native Nations Broadband Task Force and Seek Nominations for Tribal
Representatives, Public Notice, DA 10-1008 (rel. June 2, 2010).
2 Id.

APPLICATIONS

The application for appointment to the Task Force does not require a particular format; however,
it should include the following information: (1) name and position of the applicant with respect to a
particular Native American government; (2) telephone number; (3) mailing address or e-mail address; (4)
brief description of the applicant's area of expertise and qualifications to serve on the Task Force; and (5)
in the case of a person seeking to serve as a "designated employee," the name of the elected officer for
whom the employee would be acting and a copy of the officer's designation letter, as described below .
Applicants seeking to serve as a Tribal representative on the Task Force must submit an
application to the Commission no later than August 20, 2010. If submitting by regular mail, send to:
Federal Communications Commission, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Attention: Lauren H.
Kravetz, 445 12th St., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554. If submitting by facsimile, fax to (202) 418-2839.
If submitting by email, send to lauren.kravetz@fcc.gov.

EXEMPTION FROM THE FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ACT
FOR "INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMUNICATION"

Pursuant to the "intergovernmental communication" exemption in Sec. 204(b) of the Unfunded
Mandates Reform Act of 1995 ("UMRA"), 2 U.S.C. 1534(b), the Task Force will not be subject to the
requirements or procedures set forth in the Federal Advisory Committee Act ("FACA"), 5 U.S.C. App. 2
(1988). Section 204(b) of UMRA provides an exemption from FACA for intergovernmental
communications involving meetings between Federal officials and Federal employees and "elected
officers of State, local and Tribal governments (or their designated employees with authority to act on
their behalf) acting in their official capacities." Therefore, applicants for the Task Force must be
individuals who satisfy these requirements. .
As it applies to the Task Force, because the input that Congress sought to facilitate through the
intergovernmental exemption is institutional in nature, the exemption covers Federal communications
with elected officers or their designated employees involved in the governmental process at the Tribal
level. Before the first meeting of the Task Force, those seeking nomination as a "designated employee"
should provide a letter or other documentation from the elected officer of the Tribal government for
whom the employee would be acting, advising the Commission that such employee is duly authorized to
act on such official's behalf. Following these procedures will ensure that the Task Force may operate
with adequate flexibility and within its FACA-exempt status.

ACCESSIBLE FORMATS

To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print,
electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental
Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (TTY).
For further information contact: Lauren H. Kravetz, Special Counsel, Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, (202) 418-7944 (voice) or 1-800-
835-5322 (TTY), or lauren.kravetz@fcc.gov.
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