Rosenworcel, Carr Seen As Likely FCC Nominees; Clyburn Expected to Leave

Former FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel is still expected to be nominated by President Trump to return to her old job, while FCC General Counsel Brendan Carr is expected to be nominated to fill the open Republican seat, according to a number of sources. Meanwhile, there is speculation that Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn will step down when her term expires on June 30, even though she could remain in her job until Congress finishes its work at the end of next year’s congressional session, unless a successor is confirmed by the Senate earlier than that. If she stepped down before another Commissioner was confirmed, it would leave the agency without a quorum.

Ms. Clyburn has sidestepped questions recently about her plans. Asked last month whether she is “done” with an “official governmental capacity,” Commissioner Clyburn pointed out that she doesn’t control whether she is renominated or reconfirmed (TR Daily, May 16). Her office declined to comment today. Continue reading

Schumer Criticizes Proposed Grant Fund Cuts

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), says the attacks in London this past weekend show the need to retain funding for homeland security grant programs in the U.S., rather than cut them. “Amazingly, with terrorism on the rise, President Trump actually proposed cutting vital anti-terrorism funding in his budget last week. He has proposed cutting anti-terrorism funds, including a 25% cut to UASI [Urban Area Security Initiative], a program that is essential to major city police departments, including New York, in their fight against terror. These proposed cuts would make us less safe,” Mr. Schumer said in a statement yesterday. “Given what has happened in Europe we are calling on the President to immediately abandon these proposed cuts.”

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FirstNet Looks Forward to State Plan ‘Kick-off’

The First Responder Network Authority is looking forward to a state plan “kick-off’ meeting in Dallas this week with state single points of contact (SPOCs), FirstNet Chief Customer Officer Rich Reed said in a blog posting today. “This will be an opportunity for all of us to review the State Plans process in detail and for the states to understand how the online portal will operate,” he said. “In addition, there will be a number of opportunities for the SPOCs and their teams to learn more about the FirstNet Network solution and the State Plan review process.” FirstNet plans to deliver the draft state plans around June 19.

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IWCE Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Harlin McEwen, Honorary President, International Association of Chiefs of Police FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee

Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet, Presents Award to Harlin McEwen

Chief McEwen served on the Steering Committee of the Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee (PSWAC) and as a member of the Steering Committee of the FCC Public Safety National Coordinating Committee (NCC). In November 2000, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, at their Annual Conference in San Diego honored Chief McEwen by presenting him with the first IACP Lone Star Distinguished Award in recognition of his exemplary service to the IACP for over 22 years as Chairman of the IACP Communications & Technology Committee. He is a Life Member and Honorary President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is also a Life Member of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO), and the National Sheriffs’ Association.

He is a Fellow in the Radio Club of America (RCA) and in 2006 was honored by being named the first recipient of the RCA/NPSTC Richard DeMello Award for his many contributions to public safety communications. In 2007, Chief McEwen was elected Chairman of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST), a not-for-profit corporation consisting of representatives of fifteen national public safety organizations who began the effort to obtain the 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband License (PSBL) for public safety which is now held by FirstNet. Chief McEwen is currently the Chairman of the Public Safety Advisory Committee of FirstNet.

NIST Releases Cybersecurity Framework Update

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has updated the original NIST Cybersecurity Framework, first released in 2014. The draft update was released on January 10 and contains many of the anticipated revisions as well as:

  • Significant updates to the cyber supply chain risk management
  • Defined cybersecurity terminology
  • Identity Management and Access Control updates (including “identity proofing”)
  • A new section on cybersecurity measurement

Comments on the proposed updates are due by April 10, 2017.


House Committees Pledge Cooperation on DHS Reauthorization Legislation

January 12, 2017–The chairs of eight House committees with jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security have signed a memorandum stating that they will cooperate on legislation to reauthorize DHS.

The agreement among the committee chairs was announced today by Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Rep. McCaul said last week (TRDaily, Jan. 5) that he had reached a memorandum of understanding with other committee chairs to help speed reauthorization legislation, and that he was “very optimistic that we will see that legislation . . . one of the first coming out of my committee.”

Central to Rep. McCaul’s push for DHS reauthorization is his oft-stated goal of transforming the agency’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) into an operational unit devoted to the protection of critical infrastructure, to be called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency within DHS. DHS Secretary has Jeh Johnson has voiced support for such a move. Continue reading