U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

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Stakeholder Advisory/ News Release



Washington – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply for appointment. The NAC is an advisory council established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.


The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management while incorporating the whole community’s input through appointed council members.


The NAC consists of up to 35 members, all of whom are experts and leaders in their respective fields. The members of the NAC are appointed by the FEMA Administrator and are composed of federal, state, tribal, local, private sector, and non-profit leaders and subject matter experts in a wide range of disciplines.


Appointments are for a three-year term. The Administrator may appoint additional candidates to serve as a FEMA Administrator Selection. The NAC will have one (1) position open for applications and nominations in each of the following disciplines:

  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Response
  • Non-Elected Local Government Officials
  • Elected Tribal Government Officials
  • Non-Elected Tribal Government Officials
  • Health Scientist *
  • Communications *
  • Infrastructure Protection *
  • Standards Settings and Accrediting
  • Disabilities


Individuals interested in serving on the NAC are invited to apply for appointment by submitting a Cover Letter and a Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the Office of the National Advisory Council by email, fax, or mail. The Cover Letter must include, at a minimum: the discipline area(s) being applied for; current position title and organization; mailing address; a current telephone number; and email address. Letters of recommendation may also be provided, but are not required. A complete application must be submitted to be considered for appointment; application criteria, submission information, and contact information can be found on the NAC webpage. Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST.


The NAC meets in person approximately two times a year. Members selected for the NAC serve without compensation from the federal government; however, consistent with the charter, members receive travel reimbursement and per diem under applicable federal travel regulations. Registered lobbyists, current FEMA employees, Reservists, FEMA Contractors, and potential FEMA Contractors will not be considered for NAC Membership.


* Note: Individuals appointed for these positions will serve as a Special Government Employee. For more information on requirements, please visitwww.oge.gov/Topics/Selected-Employee-Categories/Advisory-Committee-Members/.


For more information on the NAC visit: www.fema.gov/national-advisory-council.