There is established within the Commission an advisory board to be known as the “Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability”.
(1) In general
(A) Voting members
Not later than 30 days after February 22, 2012, the Chairman of the Commission shall appoint 14 voting members to the Interoperability Board, of which—
(i)4 members shall be representatives of wireless providers, of which—
(I)2 members shall be representatives of national wireless providers;
(II)1 member shall be a representative of regional wireless providers; and
(III)1 member shall be a representative of rural wireless providers;
(ii)3 members shall be representatives of equipment manufacturers;
(iii)4 members shall be representatives of public safety entities, of which—
(I)not less than 1 member shall be a representative of management level employees of public safety entities; and
(II)not less than 1 member shall be a representative of employees of public safety entities;
(iv)3 members shall be representatives of State and local governments, chosen to reflect geographic and population density differences across the United States; and
(v)all members shall have specific expertise necessary to developing technical requirements under this section, such as technical expertise, public safety communications expertise, and commercial network experience.
(B) Non-voting member
The Assistant Secretary shall appoint 1 non-voting member to the Interoperability Board.
(2) Period of appointment
(A) In general
Except as provided in subparagraph (B), members of the Interoperability Board shall be appointed for the life of the Interoperability Board.
(B) Removal for cause
A member of the Interoperability Board may be removed for cause upon the determination of the Chairman of the Commission.
Any vacancy in the Interoperability Board shall not affect the powers of the Interoperability Board, and shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
(4) Chairperson and Vice Chairperson
The Interoperability Board shall select a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson from among the members of the Interoperability Board.
A majority of the members of the Interoperability Board shall constitute a quorum.
(c) Duties of the Interoperability Board
(1) Development of technical requirements
Not later than 90 days after February 22, 2012, the Interoperability Board, in consultation with the NTIA, NIST, and the Office of Emergency Communications of the Department of Homeland Security, shall—
(A)develop recommended minimum technical requirements to ensure a nationwide level of interoperability for the nationwide public safety broadband network; and
(B)submit to the Commission for review in accordance with paragraph (3) recommended minimum technical requirements described in subparagraph (A).
In developing recommended minimum technical requirements under paragraph (1), the Interoperability Board shall base the recommended minimum technical requirements on the commercial standards for Long Term Evolution (LTE) service.
(3) Approval of recommendations
(A) In general
Not later than 30 days after the date on which the Interoperability Board submits recommended minimum technical requirements under paragraph (1)(B), the Commission shall approve the recommendations, with any revisions it deems necessary, and transmit such recommendations to the First Responder Network Authority.
Any actions taken under subparagraph (A) shall not be reviewable as a final agency action.
(d) Travel expenses
The members of the Interoperability Board shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for employees of agencies under subchapter
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(e) Exemption from FACA
The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Interoperability Board.
(f) Termination of Authority
The Interoperability Board shall terminate 15 days after the date on which the Commission transmits the recommendations to the First Responder Network Authority under subsection (c)(3)(A).
The Federal Advisory Committee Act, referred to in subsec. (e), is Pub. L. 92–463, Oct. 6, 1972, 86 Stat. 770, which is set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.
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