Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee

Citation86 FR 14613
CourtNational Telecommunications And Information Administration
Publication Date17 Mar 2021
Record Number2021-05505
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 50 (Wednesday, March 17, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 50 (Wednesday, March 17, 2021)]
                [Page 14613]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2021-05505]
                National Telecommunications and Information Administration
                Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee
                AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration,
                U.S. Department of Commerce.
                ACTION: Call for applications to serve on Advisory Committee.
                SUMMARY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration
                (NTIA) is seeking applications from persons interested in serving on
                the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee
                (CSMAC or committee) for two-year terms. The CSMAC provides advice to
                the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA
                Administrator on spectrum policy matters.
                DATES: Applications must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on
                or before April 16, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: Persons may submit applications, with the information
                specified below, to Antonio Richardson, Designated Federal Officer, by
                email to [email protected] (preferred) or by U.S. mail or commercial
                delivery service to Office of Spectrum Management, National
                Telecommunications and Information Administration, 1401 Constitution
                Avenue NW, Room 4600, Washington, DC 20230.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Antonio Richardson at (202) 482-4156
                or [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory
                Committee is chartered by the Department of Commerce under the Federal
                Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, and pursuant to Section
                105(b) of the National Telecommunications and Information
                Administration Organization Act, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 904(b). The
                committee will continue as provided in Executive Order 13889 effective
                September 27, 2019. The Department of Commerce re-chartered the CSMAC
                on October 1, 2019, for a two-year period. The CSMAC advises the
                Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information on a
                broad range of issues regarding spectrum policy. In particular, the
                current charter provides that the committee will provide advice and
                recommendations on needed reforms to domestic spectrum policies and
                management in order to: License radio frequencies in a way that
                maximizes their public benefit; keep wireless networks as open to
                innovation as possible; and make wireless services available to all
                Americans. The CSMAC functions solely as an advisory body in compliance
                with the FACA. Additional information about the CSMAC and its
                activities may be found at
                 Under the terms of the committee's charter, it will have no fewer
                than five (5) members and no more than thirty (30) members. The members
                serve on the CSMAC in the capacity of Special Government Employee
                (SGE). As SGEs, members must comply with certain federal conflict of
                interest statutes and ethics regulations, including some financial
                disclosure requirements. Members will not receive compensation or
                reimbursement for travel or for per diem expenses. No member may be a
                registered federal lobbyist pursuant to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of
                1995 (codified at 2 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.). See Office of Management and
                Budget, Revised Guidance on Appointment of Lobbyists to Federal
                Advisory Committees, Boards, and Commissions, 79 FR 47482 (Aug. 13,
                2014). No member may be an agent of a foreign principal required to
                register pursuant to the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as
                amended (codified at 22 U.S.C. 611 et seq.).
                 The Secretary of Commerce appoints members of the committee who
                serve at the Secretary's pleasure and discretion for up to a two-year
                term and may be reappointed for additional terms. NTIA currently seeks
                applicants for new two-year terms that will commence in approximately
                April 2021 and continue for two years, subject to the anticipated
                timely renewal of the committee's charter or its termination by proper
                 The committee's membership will be fairly balanced in terms of the
                points of view represented by members and the functions to be
                performed. Accordingly, its membership will reflect a cross-section of
                interests in spectrum management and policy, including non-federal
                spectrum users; state, regional, and local sectors; technology
                developers and manufacturers; academia; civil society; and service
                providers with customers in both domestic and international markets. A
                description of factors that will be considered to determine each
                applicant's expertise is contained in the committee's Membership
                Balance Plan (available at
                 In particular, NTIA seeks applicants with strong technical and
                engineering knowledge and experience, familiarity with commercial or
                private wireless technologies and associated businesses, or expertise
                with specific applications of wireless technologies. The Secretary may
                consider factors including, but not limited to, educational background,
                past work or academic accomplishments, and the industry sector in which
                a member is currently or previously employed. All appointments are made
                without discrimination on the basis of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual
                orientation, disability, cultural, religious, or socioeconomic status.
                 Each application must include the applicant's full name, address,
                telephone number, and email address, along with a summary of the
                applicant's qualifications that identifies, with specificity, how his
                or her education, training, experience, expertise, or other factors
                would support the CSMAC's work and how his or her participation would
                help achieve the balance factors described above. Each application must
                also include a detailed resume or curriculum vitae.
                 Dated: March 12, 2021.
                Kathy D. Smith,
                Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information
                [FR Doc. 2021-05505 Filed 3-16-21; 8:45 am]
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