NTIA Seeks Candidates for 5 FirstNet Board Positions
Friday, April 21, 2017 | Comments

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a notice on behalf of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to seek candidates for up to five board positions.

One of the 12 appointments of nonpermanent members to the FirstNet board, expiring August 2019, is vacant. Barry Boniface, who was on the FirstNet board member and led the Technology Committee, stepped down from the board at the end of November. Board member Neil Cox now chairs the Technology Committee.

Additionally, four of the 12 appointments of nonpermanent members to the FirstNet Board expire in August, creating a total of five available appointments to the FirstNet Board. Chris Burbank, retired chief of Police, Salt Lake City; James H. Douglas, former governor of Vermont; Ed Reynolds, retired telecommunications executive; and Richard W. Stanek, sheriff, Hennepin County, Minnesota, all have terms expiring in August.

Board members are appointed for a term of three years, and members may not serve more than two consecutive full three-year terms.

The FirstNet board is responsible for providing overall policy direction and oversight of FirstNet to ensure the success of the nationwide network. The board is composed of 15 voting members. The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), attorney general and director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) or their representatives are permanent members of the FirstNet board. The Secretary of Commerce appoints the 12 nonpermanent members of the FirstNet Board.

The act requires each board member to have experience or expertise in at least one of the following substantive areas: public safety, network, technical, and/or financial. Additionally, the composition of the FirstNet Board must satisfy the other requirements specified in the founding legislation, including that at least three board members have served as public-safety professionals; at least three members represent the collective interests of states, localities, tribes, and territories; and its members reflect geographic and regional, as well as rural and urban, representation. An individual board member may satisfy more than one of these requirements.

FirstNet board members are appointed as special government employees and are compensated at the daily rate of basic pay for level IV of the executive schedule, which is about $161,900 per year. FirstNet board members must comply with federal conflict of interest statutes and ethics regulations, including some financial disclosure requirements.

Expressions of interest are due May 2. More information is here.

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