Request for Nominations for Members To Serve on the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) Advisory Board

CourtNational Technical Information Service
Citation86 FR 71248
Record Number2021-27094
Publication Date15 December 2021
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 238 (Wednesday, December 15, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 238 (Wednesday, December 15, 2021)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 71248-71249]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-27094]
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                DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
                National Technical Information Service
                Request for Nominations for Members To Serve on the National
                Technical Information Service (NTIS) Advisory Board
                AGENCY: National Technical Information Service, Department of Commerce.
                ACTION: Notice.
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                SUMMARY: NTIS invites nomination of individuals for appointment to the
                National Technical Information Service Advisory Board (Board or
                Committee). NTIS will consider nominations received in response to this
                notice for appointment to the Committee, in addition to nominations
                already received.
                DATES: NTIS will accept nominations on a rolling basis. Members to fill
                the existing vacancies will be selected from nominations submitted by
                5:00 p.m. on March 25th, 2022. Any nominations received after that date
                will be kept on file and may be used to fill vacancies on the Board
                should they occur.
                ADDRESSES: Please submit nominations to Designated Federal Officer
                (DFO), NTIS at [email protected], Subject: NTIS Advisory Board Membership.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Shaw at [email protected] or
                Steven Holland at [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                Committee Information
                 The Secretary of Commerce, pursuant to Section 212(c) of the
                National Technical Information Act of 1988 (15 U.S.C. 3704b(c)),
                established the Advisory Board, in accordance with the Federal Advisory
                Committee Act, as amended (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App.
                Objectives and Duties
                 1. The NTIS Advisory Board shall review and make recommendations to
                improve NTIS programs, operations, and general policies in support of
                NTIS's mission to advance Federal data priorities, promote economic
                growth, and enable operational excellence by providing innovative data
                services to Federal agencies through joint venture partnerships with
                the private sector.
                 2. The Board shall report to the Secretary of Commerce and to the
                Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology through the
                Director of NTIS.
                 3. The Board shall act in the public interest to:
                 a. Provide advice on the optimal data services business and
                operating model to best implement NTIS's joint venture authority.
                 b. Provide advice on the means, including infrastructure and
                process improvements, to make Federal data easier to find, access, use,
                analyze, and combine.
                 c. Assess progress in evolving NTIS programs toward a focus on
                Federal data priorities.
                 d. Assess the use of merit-based criteria and processes to plan,
                conduct, and oversee programs and projects, including the selection of
                joint venture partners.
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                 e. Assess policies in connection with fees and charges for NTIS
                services in order for the agency to operate on a substantially self-
                sustaining basis, as required by law.
                 f. Assess organizational capabilities required to carry out NTIS's
                mission, including capabilities in data science and for operational
                management of its project portfolio.
                Membership
                 1. The NTIS Advisory Board shall be composed of a Chairperson
                appointed by the Secretary and four other members appointed by the
                Secretary. In the event of a vacancy in the Chairperson position, the
                NTIS Director may designate a member to serve as acting Chairperson
                until a Chairperson is appointed by the Secretary.
                 2. Members shall be selected solely on the basis of established
                records of distinguished service and objectivity; shall have recognized
                expertise in data collection, compilation, analysis, use, and
                dissemination, as well as data science, information technology,
                cybersecurity, and privacy. Members will be selected from the business,
                academic, non-profit, and state and local government communities.
                Reasonable efforts will be made to ensure members represent the entire
                spectrum of Federal data interests including demographic, economic,
                trade, health, scientific, patent, environmental, geospatial,
                cybersecurity, and transactional data. No Federal Government employee
                shall serve as a member of the Board.
                 3. The term of office of each member of the Board shall be three
                years, except that vacancy appointments shall be for the remainder of
                the unexpired term of the vacancy. All appointments shall automatically
                terminate if the charter is terminated or not renewed. All members
                serve at the pleasure of the Secretary.
                 4. Any person who has completed two consecutive full terms of
                service on the Board shall be ineligible for appointment for a third
                term during the one-year period following the expiration of the second
                term.
                 5. Members shall serve as Special Government Employees (SGEs) and
                will be subject to all ethical standards and rules applicable to SGEs.
                Miscellaneous
                 1. Members of the Committee will not be paid for their services,
                but will, upon request, be allowed travel and per diem expenses in
                accordance with 5 U.S.C. 5701 et seq., while attending meetings of the
                Committee or of its subcommittees, or while otherwise performing duties
                at the request of the chairperson, while away from their homes or a
                regular place of business.
                 2. The Board shall meet at the call of the Secretary or the
                Secretary's designee, but not less often than once every six months.
                 3. NTIS may establish such subcommittees of its members as may be
                necessary, pursuant to the provisions of FACA, the FACA implementing
                regulations, and applicable Department of Commerce guidance.
                Subcommittees will report to the NTIS Advisory Board and may not
                provide advice or work products directly to the Department of Commerce
                or NTIS.
                 4. Recordkeeping. Records of the NTIS Advisory Board, any formally
                and informally established subcommittees, or other subgroups of the
                Board, shall be handled in accordance with General Records Schedule 6.2
                or other approved agency records disposition schedule. These records
                shall be available for public inspection and copying, subject to the
                Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).
                Nomination Information
                 1. NTIS seeks nominations of practitioners with recognized
                expertise in data collection, compilation, analysis, use, and
                dissemination, as well as data science, information technology,
                cybersecurity, and privacy.
                 2. Members will be selected from the business, academic, non-
                profit, and state and local government communities.
                 3. Reasonable efforts will be made to ensure members represent the
                entire spectrum of Federal data interests including demographic,
                economic, trade, health, scientific, patent, environmental, geospatial,
                cybersecurity, and transactional data. Collectively, their knowledge
                will include all types of data the Federal Government collects,
                compiles, analyzes, uses, and disseminates.
                 4. Nominees should have established records of distinguished
                service. The field of expertise in which the candidate is qualified
                should be specified in the nomination letter. Nominations for a
                particular field should come from organizations or individuals within
                that field. A summary of the candidate's qualifications should be
                included with the nomination, including (where applicable) current or
                former service on federal advisory boards and federal employment. In
                addition, each nomination letter should state that the person agrees to
                the nomination, acknowledges the responsibilities of serving on the
                board, and will actively participate in good faith in the tasks of the
                NTIS Advisory Board.
                 5. The Department of Commerce is committed to equal opportunity in
                the workplace and seeks a broad-based and diverse NTIS Advisory Board
                membership.
                Greg Capella,
                Acting Director, National Technical Information Service.
                [FR Doc. 2021-27094 Filed 12-14-21; 8:45 am]
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