By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Advisory Committee
Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), and in order to support a coordinated
effort by both government and private sector entities to address threats
to our Nation's critical infrastructure, it is hereby ordered as
Section 1. Establishment. (a) There is established the National
Infrastructure Assurance Council (NIAC). The NIAC shall be composed
of not more than 30 members appointed by the President. The members
of the NIAC shall be selected from the private sector, including private
sector entities representing the critical infrastructures identified in
13010, and from State and local government. The members of the
NIAC shall have expertise relevant to the functions of the NIAC and shall
not be full-time officials or employees of the executive branch of the
(b) The President shall designate a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson
from among the members of the NIAC.
(c) The National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection
and Counter-Terrorism at the National Security Council (National Coordinator)
will serve as the Executive Director of the NIAC.
(d) The Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure Protection at the
National Security Council will serve as the NIAC's liaison to other agencies.
(e) Individuals appointed by the President will serve for a period
of 2 years. Service shall be limited to no more than 3 consecutive terms.
Section 2. Functions. (a) The NIAC will meet periodically
(1) enhance the partnership of the public and private sectors in protecting
our critical infrastructure and provide reports on this issue to the President
(2) propose and develop ways to encourage private industry to perform
periodic risk assessments of critical processes, including information
and telecommunications systems; and
(3) monitor the development of Private Sector Information Sharing and
Analysis Centers (PSISACs) and provide recommendations to the National
Coordinator and the National Economic Council on how these organizations
can best foster improved cooperation among the PSISACs, the National Infrastructure
Protection Center (NIPC), and other Federal Government entities.
(b) The NIAC will report to the President through the Assistant to the
President for National Security Affairs, who shall assure appropriate coordination
with the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.
(c) The NIAC will advise the lead agencies with critical infrastructure
responsibilities, sector coordinators, the NIPC, the PSISACs and the National
Coordinator on the subjects of the NIAC's function in whatever manner the
Chair of the NIAC, the National Coordinator, and the head of the affected
entity deem appropriate.
(d) Senior Federal Government officials will participate in the meetings
of the NIAC as appropriate.
(e) The Department of Commerce shall perform the functions of the President
under the Federal Advisory Committee Act for the NIAC, except that of reporting
to the Congress, in accordance with the guidelines and procedures established
by the Administrator of General Services.
Section 3. Administration. To the extent permitted by law:
(a) The NIAC may hold open and closed hearings, conduct inquiries, and
establish subcommittees as necessary.
(b) All executive departments and agencies shall cooperate with the
NIAC and provide such assistance, information, and advice to the NIAC as
it may request, as appropriate.
(c) Members of the NIAC shall serve without compensation for their
work on the NIAC. While engaged in the work of the Council, members will
be allowed travel expenses, including per them in lieu of subsistence as
authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in the Government
(d) To the extent permitted by law, and subject to the availability
of appropriations, the Department of Commerce, through the Critical Infrastructure
Assurance Office, shall provide the NIAC with administrative services,
staff, and other support services, and such funds as may be necessary for
the performance of its functions.
(e) The Council shall terminate 2 years from the date of this order,
unless extended by the President prior to that date.
Section 4. Judicial Review. This order is not intended to
create any right, benefit, trust, or responsibility, substantive or procedural,
enforceable at law or equity by a party against the United States, its
agencies, its officers, or any person.
/s/William J. Clinton
THE WHITE HOUSE,
July 14, 1999.