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Notice Concerning Ex Parte Status of Information Submitted to the Communications Security, Reliability & Interoperability Council

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Released: December 4, 2009


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DA 09-2534
December 4, 2009


Washington, DC – The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) recently
announced the first meeting of the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council
(CSRIC) to be held on Monday, December 7, 2009.1 The CSRIC is a federal advisory committee that
will provide recommendations to the Commission regarding best practices and actions the Commission
may take to ensure optimal operability, security, reliability, and resiliency of communications systems,
including telecommunications, media and public safety communications systems.
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Commission is responsible for oversight of the CSRIC,
including its informal working groups.2 As a result, FCC staff may participate in meetings or other
activities held by both the CSRIC and its informal working groups. In light of this, we are announcing
that, pursuant to section 1.1200(a) of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.1200(a), presentations to the
CSRIC will be treated as exempt presentations for ex parte purposes. This treatment is appropriate since
presentations to the Council, like comments on a Notice of Inquiry, will not directly result in the
promulgation of new rules. See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1204(b)(1) (exempt treatment of Notices of Inquiry).
We recognize, however, that there are a number of presently pending dockets which are considering
several issues that may be addressed by the Council.3 The Commission will not rely in these dockets on
any information submitted to the Council, or to any of its subcommittees or working groups, unless that
information is first placed in the record of the relevant rulemaking proceeding.
Additional information regarding the CSRIC can be found at

1 FCC Announces First Meeting of the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC)
Scheduled For December 7, 2009 at FCC Headquarter, Public Notice, DA 09-2429 (PSHSB, November 17, 2009).
See also 74 Fed. Reg. 59183-59184 (November 17, 2009).
2 See 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2.
3 See, e.g., Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements, Revision of the Commission’s Rules to Ensure
Compatibility with Enhanced 911 Emergency Calling Systems, Association of Public-Safety Communications
Officials-International, Inc. Request for Declaratory Ruling, 911 Requirements for IP-Enabled Service Providers, PS
Docket No. 07-114, CC Docket No. 94-102, WC Docket No. 05-196, Report and Order, 22 FCC Rcd 20105 (2007);
Review of Emergency Alert system, EB Docket No. 04-296, Second Report and Order and Further Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking
, 22 FCC Rcd 13275 (2007).

PSHSB Contact: Jeffery Goldthorp, Designated Federal Official for CSRIC and Chief, Communications
Systems Analysis Division, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, (202) 418-1096 (voice) or (email) or Jean Ann Collins, Deputy Designated Federal Official for CSRIC
and Deputy Chief, Communications Systems Analysis Division, Public Safety & Homeland Security
Bureau (202) 418-2792 (voice) or (email).
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