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DHS - 20330 - Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee - Authorized by Law


Committee NameHomeland Security Science and Technology Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number20330
Original Establishment Date11/25/2002Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date7/22/2021Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*40
Current Charter Date11/23/2021Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter11/23/2023Designated Federal Officer PrefixMR
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Stan
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Cunningham
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*6 U.S.C. section 451Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 254-2311
Effective Date Of Authority*11/15/2021Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-254-6173
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The HSSTAC provides independent, consensus scientific and technical advice and recommendations to the Under Secretary for Science and Technology who leads the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). Its activities focus on the S&T mission to strengthen America’s security and resiliency by providing knowledge products and innovative technology solutions for the Homeland Security Enterprise. The committee addresses science and technology needs and trends, management processes and organizational constructs, and other matters of special interest to the Under Secretary for S&T and will ensure the identification of new technologies in those areas that strengthen homeland security. It will support the priority needs of DHS S&T's Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency and First Responders Group. Upon request, the committee will provide scientifically- and technically-based advice to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
How is membership balanced?*To ensure both stimulating and pragmatic opinions, the committee includes public and private sector perspectives from industry, academe and government (including former members of Federal Government or former or current members of state or local government who can provide the perspective of government implementation of any recommendations). Members are eminent authorities in the fields of science and technology relevant to the homeland security enterprise, acquisition processes, first responder needs, strategy and management of research development organizations, government-industry partnerships, and operational experience in a homeland security context. To ensure both broad and deep expertise, membership will represent both technical expertise and management or operational experience. The technical experts will include research scholars who have published in peer-reviewed journals.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Committee meetings are held four times per year or at the request of the chair and the approval of the DFO. The committee meeting agenda topics are in direct support of the strategic and tactical priorities of the Science and Technology Directorate. Based on input requested from the Under Secretary and senior leaders, the meetings are used to solicit active discussions and feedback on select mission areas.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*In the world of science, we rely on external perspectives and new research to stay in touch with both cutting edge and state-of-the-art solutions. This group of experts will help us to avoid stale outdated thinking. The committee permits S&T to, be presented with newly evolving innovative research, real world deployment considerations and risk mitigation strategies by trusted advisors. Because members are working in private sector, academia and local governments, their access to cutting edge solutions, best practices and international advances expand the lens through which we view solutions and challenges us to be more aware of leading technologies, financing, management practices and solution development strategies. The members help us address both known and emerging threats more fully and coherently. The committee gives us ready access to other experts when needed through extensions to their rich network of colleagues who can bring additional expertise to bear on a particular topic. The expertise and broader context that this committee provides is not available within S&T or DHS as a whole, and there are no existing committees that provide or could provide the assistance that the HSSTAC provides.
Why close or partially close meetings?It is necessary to close and/or partially close committee meetings when they concern classified information, sensitive law enforcement information, Homeland Security sensitive information, and/or any other topic area related to national defense. Meetings will only be closed in accordance with 5 U.S.C. Sec 552b, the Government in the Sunshine Act.
Recommendation RemarksThe HSSTAC is still awaiting the announcement of the new Under Secretary for Science and Technology (USST). The committee has provided valuable recommendations to the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. A majority of the HSSTAC work is completed through subcommittees that provide expert advice through the Committee to the USST. The subcommittees developed two whitepapers on topics vital to securing the homeland. The Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management Subcommittee created a report on Countering Misinformation, Rumors, and Fake News on Social Media in Emergencies and the Technology Scouting Partnerships Subcommittee provided a whitepaper covering Recommendations on Technology Scouting Partnerships.

*Please note that the committee did not meet in FY22.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*48Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe committee met four times in FY18. A report and a whitepaper were generated with advice and guidance for S&T and the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. They remain in draft through the completion of the current FY. The subcommittees met frequently and contributed greatly to the high costs in the "Other" category. Note - the committee did not meet in FY22.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*50.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNot ApplicableAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*45.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNot ApplicableAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*The Under Secretary provides verbal feedback to members at meetings and informally to the committee chairman. The federal staff for the committee also provides feedback at meetings.Narrative Description*This committee supports the DHS S&T Mission to “strengthen America’s security and resiliency by providing knowledge products and innovative technology solutions for the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE),” with its specific emphasis on members who have expertise with technology innovations and knowledge products, and who have experience applying them to the HSE. More specifically, this committee addresses DHS S&T’s five goals, as follows: (1)“Screening at Speed: Security that Matches the Pace of Life” Noninvasive screening at speed will provide for comprehensive threat protection while adapting security to the pace of life rather than life to security. In this area the committee will help strengthen DHS security practices; (2)” Trusted Cyber Future: Protecting Privacy, Commerce, and Community” In a future of increasing cyber connections, underlying digital infrastructure will be self-detecting, self-protecting, and self-healing. Users will trust that information is protected, illegal use is deterred, and privacy is not compromised. Security will operate seamlessly in the background. In this area, committee members will ensure the latest technology in cyber security is being used; (3) “Enable the Decision Maker: Actionable Information at the Speed of Thought” Predictive analytics, risk analysis, and modeling and simulation systems will enable critical and proactive decisions to be made based on the most relevant information, transforming data into actionable informationIn this area, the committee will help increase awareness of cutting-edge research and developments by virtue of its role as expert external advisors, selected specifically for their knowledge in these areas; (4) “Responder of the Future: Protected, Connected, and Fully Aware” The responder of the future is threat-adaptive and cross-functional. In this area, the committee members will provide subject matter expertise on the needs of the responder of the future. (5) “Resilient Communities: Disaster-Proofing Society” Critical infrastructure of the future will be designed, built, and maintained to withstand naturally occurring and man-made disasters. Decision makers will know when a disaster is coming, anticipate the effects, and use already-in-place or rapidly deployed countermeasures to shield communities from negative consequences. Resilient communities struck by disasters will not only bounce back, but bounce forward. In this area, the committee members will help ensure constructive use of federal facilities and of resources within academia through their own networks and by specifically addressing the need to leverage other’s technology.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$33,056.09Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$176,996.72
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$11,244.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$33,056.09Est. Total Next FY*$188,240.72
Date Cost Last Modified11/8/2022 11:20 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.90
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.20Est Cost RemarksIn FY23 the committee plans to continue the process of onboarding new staff/members. Their first meeting will be held after completion.
Cost RemarksThe HSSTAC was terminated due to expiry of Charter and re-established. As a result of this, the committee did not incur any cost in FY22.  
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Interest Areas

Applied Science
Applied Sciences
Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Emergency Preparedness and Management
Science and Technology
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Social Sciences


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032425Cyber Security Subcommittee2022
 COM-032186Subcommittee on Commercialization2022
 COM-032436Subcommittee on Industry Collaboration and Transition2022
 COM-032352Subcommittee on Internet of Things Smart Cities2022
 COM-032422Subcommittee on Private Sector Engagement on the Use of Social Media2022
 COM-032452Subcommittee on Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR)2022
 COM-032395Subcommittee on Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management2022
 COM-032055Task Force on Third Party Pre-Screening2022
 COM-032378Technology Scouting Partnerships2022


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039369Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2021
 COM-038508Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2020
 COM-036218Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2019
 COM-032835Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001259Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002999Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003415Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005130Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005515Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007277Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007602Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009428Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009720Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011366Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011567Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013217Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013430Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015122Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee2004