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possible. Photo identification will be • E-mail: the reason for any recommended
required for entry into the public Include docket number DHS–2005–0051 change, and include data, information,
session, and everyone in attendance in the subject line of the message. or authority that support such
must be present and seated by 9:45 a.m. • Mail: Science and Technology recommended change.
Basis for Closure: In accordance with Directorate, Office of Systems Instructions: All submissions received
Section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Engineering and Development (SED), must include the agency name and
Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92– 1120 Vermont Avenue NW. #8–104, DHS–2005–0051 for this Information
463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 1 et Washington, DC 20528. Collection Request. All comments
seq.), I have determined that portions of FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: received will be posted without change
this HSAC meeting (referenced above as Thomas Cody 202–254–6084 (this is not to http://www.,
‘‘closed’’) will concern matters excluded a toll free number). including any personal information
from Open Meetings requirements. At SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DHS, as provided.
portions of the meeting where the part of its continuing effort to reduce Docket: For access to the docket to
committee will be addressing specific paperwork and respondents’ burden, read background documents or
critical infrastructure vulnerabilities, invites the general public to take this comments received, go to http://
interdependencies, infrastructure opportunity to comment on this
resilience and vulnerability mitigation, proposed information collection as Analysis
discussions may include: trade secrets required by the Paperwork Reduction
and commercial or financial information Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 Agency: Department of Homeland
that is privileged or confidential; U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). The collection is Security, Science and Technology
investigative techniques and the ‘‘SAFECOM Interoperability Directorate, Office of Systems
procedures; and matters that for which Baseline Survey.’’ Engineering and Development.
disclosure would likely frustrate Description: SAFECOM was Title: SAFECOM Interoperability
significantly the implementation of established as the overarching umbrella Baseline Survey.
proposed agency actions. Accordingly, I program within the Federal government OMB Control Number: NEW.
have determined that these portions of that oversees all initiatives and projects Frequency: On Occasion.
the meeting must be kept closed as well, pertaining to public safety Affected Public: State, Local or Tribal
consistent with the provisions of 5 communications and interoperability. Government.
U.S.C. 552b(c)(4), (7)(E), and (9)(B). The SAFECOM Interoperability Baseline Estimated Number of Respondents:
Survey is an essential step in a mission 18,375.
Dated: December 12, 2005.
to provide public safety Estimated Time per Response: 20
Michael Chertoff,
communications interoperability minutes per response.
Secretary. Total Burden Hours: 6,125.
[FR Doc. 05–24190 Filed 12–16–05; 8:45 am] nationwide.
In developing SAFECOM, DHS has Total Cost Burden: None.
worked extensively with the public Dated: December 12, 2005.
safety community to create a descriptive Scott Charbo,
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND and measurable definition of public Chief Information Officer.
SECURITY safety interoperability that takes into [FR Doc. 05–24180 Filed 12–16–05; 8:45 am]
account issues of governance, BILLING CODE 4410–10–P
procedure, technology, training, and
usage. The SAFECOM Interoperability
Science and Technology Directorate, Baseline Survey, which was developed DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
Office of Systems Engineering and from this definition, will allow DHS to SECURITY
Development; SAFECOM measure the current state of public
Interoperability Baseline Survey safety communications interoperability Coast Guard
among state and local public safety
AGENCY: Office of Systems Engineering practitioners. This will provide a
and Development, DHS. baseline against which to track the Natural Working Group on Small
ACTION: Notice and request for comment. future impact of Federal programs and Passenger Vessel Access
provide a basis for identifying and
SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland executing specific projects to improve AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
Security (DHS) is soliciting public communications interoperability. ACTION: Notice of availability and
comment on the Office of Systems Public Participation request for comments.
Engineering and Development
SAFECOM Interoperability Baseline Interested persons are invited to SUMMARY: On November 14, 2005, the
Survey. participate in this Information United States Coast Guard (USCG) and
Collection Request by submitting the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA)
DATES: Comments are encouraged and written data, views, or arguments on all signed a charter establishing a Natural
will be accepted until February 17, aspects of the proposed Information Working Group (NWG). The purpose of
2006. This process is conducted in Collection Request. DHS also invites this NWG is to determine the
accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10 comments that relate to the economic, acceptability and usefulness of a
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, environmental, or federalism affects that proposed risk matrix that was
identified by docket number DHS– might result from this Information developed, by the Volpe Center, to assist
2005–0051, by one of the following Collection Request. Comments that will small passenger vessel designers in
methods: provide the most assistance to DHS in meeting the requirements of the
• Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// developing these procedures will Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Follow the reference a specific portion of the without compromising vessel safety.
instructions for submitting comments. Information Collection Request, explain The USCG is seeking comments on this

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initiative and the draft risk matrix to It soon became apparent the one of DATES: This organizational change is
assist the NWG in meeting its objective. the most difficult challenges to effective December 15, 2005.
DATES: Comments and related materials complying with ADA would be the ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this
must reach the Docket Management barrier to access presented by the USCG preamble as being available in the
Facility on or before March 20, 2006. mandated door sills. The Access Board docket are part of docket CGD08–05–
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments
requested that the Volpe Center conduct 053 and are available for inspection or
identified by Coast Guard docket research on this issue and develop a copying at Commander (rpl), Eighth
number USCG–2005–23335 to the strategy to enable small passenger vessel Coast Guard District, 500 Poydras Street,
Docket Management Facility at the U.S. designers to satisfy both the ADA New Orleans, Louisiana 70130–3310
Department of Transportation. To avoid accessibility requirements and the between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.,
duplication, please use only one of the USCG’s door sill requirements. The Monday through Friday, except Federal
following methods: Volpe Center’s research culminated in a holidays.
draft risk matrix (available in the Phase FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
(1) Web site:;
2 report) that provides a methodology to Lieutenant Michael Roschel, Eighth
(2) Mail: Docket Management Facility,
assess the risk presented to the vessel by District Planning Office at 504–589–
U.S. Department of Transportation, 400
each individual exterior door and justify 6293.
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC
a reduction in the sill height
requirement for doors of lower risk.
(3) Fax: 202–493–2251; or
The USCG is interested in adopting Discussion of Notice
(4) Delivery: Room PL–401 on the
this risk-based methodology as policy, Sector Houston-Galveston is located
Plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400
but must first evaluate the validity of at 9640 Clinton Dr., Houston, TX 77029
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC,
the approach against a broad cross- and contains a single Command Center.
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
section of small passenger vessel Sector Houston-Galveston is composed
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
designs. The NWG is tasked with of a Response Department, Prevention
The telephone number is 202–366–
completing this evaluation. Please refer Department, and Logistics Department.
to the NWG charter for further details. All existing missions and functions
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If The Volpe Center’s report (Phase 1 performed by Group Galveston, Base
you have questions about this Notice of and 2) are also available online through Galveston, Vessel Traffic Service
Availability and Request for Comments, the Access Board’s Web site: http:// Houston-Galveston, Marine Safety
you may contact LT William A. Nabach Office Houston-Galveston including
at (202) 267–4004 or by e-mail at vessels.htm. Marine Safety Unit Galveston and Dated: December 13, 2005. Marine Safety Office Port Arthur
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Howard L. Hime, including Marine Safety Unit Lake
Acting Director of Standards, Marine Safety, Charles will be performed by Sector
Request for Comments Houston-Galveston. Effective December
Security and Environmental Protection.
The USCG is seeking comments and [FR Doc. E5–7508 Filed 12–16–05; 8:45 am] 15, 2005, Group Galveston, Base
related materials pertaining to this BILLING CODE 4910–15–P
Galveston, Vessel Traffic Service
notice, the NWG charter and the draft Houston-Galveston, Marine Safety
risk matrix in the Volpe Phase 2 report. Office Houston-Galveston and Marine
The NWG Charter and Volpe Center DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND Safety Office Port Arthur will no longer
report (phase 1 and 2) may be found by SECURITY exist as organizational entities.
running a ‘‘simple search’’ for docket However, Marine Safety Office Port
number 23335 at All Coast Guard Arthur is renamed a Marine Safety Unit
comments will be posted, without and will report directly to the Sector
change, to and will Houston-Galveston Commander as will
include any personal information that Implementation of Sector Houston- Marine Safety Unit Galveston. Marine
you have provided. Persons submitting Galveston Safety Unit Lake Charles will report
comments should include their names, directly to MSU Port Arthur. There will
addresses and this notice reference AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS. also be a Sector Field Office retained at
number (USCG–2005–23335). We will ACTION: Notice of organizational change. Galveston to provide remote support to
consider all comments and materials Sector sub-units and will report directly
received during the comment period. SUMMARY: The Coast Guard announces to the logistics department. Sector
the stand-up of Sector Houston- Houston-Galveston contains one sub-
Background Information Galveston. Sector Houston-Galveston is zone, which is the Port Arthur Sub-
The Americans with Disabilities Act an internal reorganization to combine Zone; however, Sector Houston-
was signed into law in July 1990 (Pub. Group Galveston, Base Galveston, Galveston is responsible for all Coast
L. 101–336). The U.S. Departments of Vessel Traffic Service Houston- Guard missions within this sub-zone.
Justice and Transportation, and the Galveston, Marine Safety Office Houston-Galveston Sector’s primary
Architectural and Transportation Houston-Galveston including Marine zone starts at the intersection of the sea
Barriers Compliance Board (Access Safety Unit Galveston and Marine Safety and 94°23′ W. longitude; thence
Board) issued regulations and Office Port Arthur including Marine proceeds north along 94°23′ W.
guidelines in July and September 1991. Safety Unit Lake Charles into one longitude to 30°00′ N. latitude; thence
Both the DOT’s and Access Board’s command. The Coast Guard has west along 30°00′ N. latitude to the east
Rules noted that while ADA applied to established a continuity of operations bank of the Trinity River; thence
vessels, further rulemaking would be order whereby all previous practices northerly along the east bank of the
deferred until a better understanding and procedures will remain in effect Trinity River; thence northwesterly
could be gained of the unique until superseded by an authorized Coast along the eastern shore of Lake
challenges faced by the marine industry. Guard official and/or document. Livingston; thence northwesterly along

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