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Ending 911 Fee Diversion - FCC Strike Force

Members & First Meeting Announced

May 21, 2021


FCC ANNOUNCES THE MEMBERSHIP AND FIRST MEETING OF THE ENDING 9-1-1 FEE DIVERSION NOW STRIKE FORCE This Public Notice serves as notice that, consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act1 and pursuant to the Don’t Break Up the T-Band Act of 2020, set forth in Division FF, Title IX, Section 902 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Section 902),2 Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has appointed members to serve on the Ending 9-1-1 Fee Diversion Now Strike Force (911 Strike Force). The 911 Strike Force will hold its first meeting on Thursday, June 3, 2021, beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT). The Office of the Federal Register published Notice of this meeting on May 20, 2021. 3 The meeting will take place via video conference and will be publicly available via the Internet at http://www.fcc.gov/live. 4 During the meeting, the public may submit questions to livequestions@fcc.gov.


A full list of 911 Strike Force members is attached to this Public Notice. In addition, Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel designated Kelli Merriweather, Executive Director of the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications, representing the National Association of State 911 Administrators, to serve as Chair of the 911 Strike Force, and Steven C. Sharpe, EdD, Genesee County (NY) Director of Emergency Communications, representing the New York State 911 Coordinators Association, to serve as Vice-Chair.


Pursuant to Section 902(d)(3), the 911 Strike Force shall study how the federal government can most expeditiously end diversion of 911 fees and charges by states and taxing jurisdictions (911 fee diversion). In carrying out this study, the 911 Strike Force shall: (i) determine the effectiveness of any federal laws, including regulations, policies, and practices, or budgetary or jurisdictional constraints regarding how the federal government can most expeditiously end 911 fee diversion; (ii) consider whether criminal penalties would further prevent 911 fee diversion; and (iii) determine the impacts of 911 fee diversion. As required by Section 902(d)(3)(D), it is anticipated that not later than September 23, 2021 (270 days after Section 902 was signed into law), the 911 Strike Force shall publish on the website of the Commission and submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report on the findings of the study mandated by Section 902. 1


Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 (FACA). 2 Pub. L. No. 116-260. 3 See 86 Fed. Reg. 27432 (May 20, 2021). 4 The public may also follow summaries of the meeting on Twitter, @fcc, or via the Commission’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcc.


More information about the 911 Strike Force is available www.fcc.gov/911strikeforce. For more information, please contact John A. Evanoff, Designated Federal Officer of the 911 Strike Force, at (202) 418-0848; or Jill Coogan, Deputy Designated Federal Officer, at (202) 418-1499; or both via email at 911StrikeForce@fcc.gov.


911 STRIKE FORCE MEMBERSHIP

Chair:  Kelli Merriweather, Executive Director of the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC), representing the National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA) as current Vice President and incoming President Vice-Chair:  Steven C. Sharpe, EdD, Genesee County (NY) Director of Emergency Communications, representing the New York State 911 Coordinators Association Representatives of federal departments and agencies:  Laurie Flaherty, Coordinator of the National 911 Program (911.gov), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Emergency Medical Services, U.S. Department of Transportation State attorneys general:  Richard Bradford, Special Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, North Carolina Department of Justice States or taxing jurisdictions found not to be engaging in diversion of 911 fees or charges:  Terry Clark, Chief of Police of Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Police, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Kansas  Daryl Branson, State 911 Program Manager, Colorado Public Utilities Commission States or taxing jurisdictions trying to stop the diversion of 911 fees or charges:  Lance Terry, Oklahoma 911 Coordinator, Oklahoma 911 Management Authority  Dana Wahlberg, Director of the Department of Public Safety Emergency Communications Networks, Minnesota Department of Public Safety  Budge Currier, 911 Branch Manager for the California Office of Emergency Services State 911 administrators:  Cindy Barbera-Brelle, Statewide 911 Administrator, Illinois State Police  Kelli Merriweather, Executive Director of the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC), representing the National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA) as current Vice President and incoming President Public safety organizations:  Nicole Pickrell, Deputy Chief for Communications and Support Services of Loudoun County (Virginia) Department of Fire and Rescue, representing the International Association of Fire Chiefs  Mel Maier, Captain, Oakland County (MI) Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), representing the Major County Sheriffs of America  Shaun Golden, Sheriff, Monmouth County (NJ) Sheriff’s Office Groups representing the public and consumers:  Thaddeus Johnson, Assistant People’s Counsel at the Washington, DC Office of the People’s Counsel (DC-OPC), representing the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates 4 Groups representing public safety answering point professionals  April Heinze, 911 and PSAP Operations Director, the National Emergency Number Association  Karima Holmes, Senior Director, ShotSpotter, Inc., representing 911der Women. Inc.  Mark Reddish, Senior Counsel and Manager of Government Relations, Association of Public Safety Communications Officials-International  Steven C. Sharpe, EdD, Genesee County (NY) Director of Emergency Communications, representing the New York State 911 Coordinators Association John A. Evanoff, Designated Federal Officer Jill Coogan, Deputy Designated Federal Officer

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