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[Federal Register: January 16, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 10)]
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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Immigration and Naturalization Service
[INS No. 2093-00]
Establishing an Immigration and Naturalization Service Data
Management Improvement Act Task Force
AGENCY: Immigration and Naturalization Service, Justice.
ACTION: Notice establishing a Task Force.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory
Committee Act, and Public Law 106-215, the Attorney General is
establishing an Immigration and Naturalization Service Data Management
Improvement Act Task Force. This notice advises Federal, State, and
local agencies, and private sector representatives that the Immigration
and Naturalization Service (Service) is soliciting members from
interested groups, associations, or individuals who may wish to serve
on the Task Force.
Purpose of Task Force
The Task Force will evaluate and make recommendations on:
(1) How the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretaries
of State, Treasury, and Commerce can efficiently and effectively
implement an integrated entry and exit data system;
(2) How the United States can improve the flow of traffic at
airports, seaports, and land border ports-of-entry through--
(a) Enhancing systems for data collection and data sharing,
including the integrated entry and exit data system, by better use of
technology, resources, and personnel;
(b) Increasing cooperation between the public and private sectors;
(c) Increasing cooperation among Federal agencies and among Federal
and State agencies; and
(d) Modifying information technology systems while taking into
account the different data systems, infrastructure, and processing
procedures at airports, seaports, and land border ports-of-entry; and
(3) The cost of implementing each of the Task Force's
Further, no later than December 31, 2002 and no later than December
31 of each subsequent year the Task Force is in existence, the Attorney
General shall submit a report to Congress containing the findings,
conclusions, and recommendations of the Task Force.
Composition of Task Force
The Task Force shall be composed of 17 members, including the
Attorney General, private sector representatives of affected industries
and groups, and representatives from Federal, State, and local
agencies, who have an interest in: immigration and naturalization;
travel and tourism; transportation; trade; law enforcement; national
security; or the environment. Participation on the Task Force will not
be remunerated, however, travel and associated expenses may be
reimbursed or borne by the Government.
Qualification of Task Force members
Groups, associations, or individuals who wish to be considered for
inclusion on this Task Force should have a background that reflects a
good working knowledge of entry and exit procedures and business
practices. Ideally, this knowledge should include all of the
environments where inspections take place (i.e., airports, northern and
southern land borders ports, and seaports).
Additionally, it would be helpful for interested groups,
associations, or individuals to understand modern data collection and
matching processes in an automated environment and how the requirements
of Public Law 106-215 can be best met given the business practices of
ports-of-entry, and the competing goals of enforcing the Immigration
and Nationality Act and facilitating the movement of travelers. For
more information concerning the Task Force, see Public Law 106-215 on
the Service's website at http://www.ins.usdoj.gov.
In considering what groups, associations, or individuals should
serve on the Task Force, the Service will make every effort to balance
both geographical interests to ensure the unique characteristics of
each type of port-of-entry are considered and the needs of various
industries that depend on the efficient operation of ports-of-entry.
Federal Advisory Committee Act
The Task Force will function solely as an advisory body in
compliance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act
(FACA). Its charter will be filed in accordance with the provisions of
Solicitation of Public Opinion Regarding Task Force Membership
The Department of Justice is seeking input from groups,
associations or individuals to determine the optimal Task Force
composition. Please send suggestions and a brief background or
justification to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Office of
Inspections, 425 I Street, NW, Room 4064, Washington, DC 20536, Attn:
Jennifer Sava. Please include a daytime phone number where a point of
contact can be reached as well as an e-mail address, if available.
Please submit information by February 16, 2001.
Once a group, association, or individual has been selected to serve
on the Task Force, the Service will notify the point of contact and
will provide further instruction.
Who Can Be Contacted If There Are Questions Concerning This Task
For questions concerning this Task Force, please contact Jennifer
Sava, Office of Inspections, Immigration and Naturalization Service,
425 I Street, NW, Room 4064, Washington, DC 20536; telephone (202) 514-
Dated: January 3, 2001.
Mary Ann Wyrsch,
Acting Commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Service.
[FR Doc. 01-1202 Filed 1-12-01; 8:45 am]
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