Department of Homeland Security announces new HSSTAC members

Department of Homeland Security announces new HSSTAC members.
Department of Homeland Security announces new HSSTAC members.

New appointees to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC) were announced by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson this past week.

The committee consists of 34 members; of that, 28 appointments were announced on Oct. 30. The specialty areas of the committee include: chemical and biological defense; organizational strategy and management; first responders; cross-cutting technical expertise; and cybersecurity and risk. All members of the committee serve for two years.

In the area of chemical and biological defense there were two appointees announced: Gerard Parker, who serves as the principal investigator at the Texas A&M’s Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing and as the vice president of Public Health Preparedness and Response; and Kathie Olsen, who serves as managing director and founder of Science Works — a firm that specializes in science and engineering research consultation.

Four appointees fell within the first responder specialty. Appointees consist of: Murray Farr, deputy chief of police for Arlington County, Virginia Police Department; James Schwartz, chief of the Arlington County, Virginia, Fire Department; Gary Schenkel, executive director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communication; and G. Keith Bryant, emergency medical technician with the Oklahoma City Fire Department and president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

The HSSTAC serves as an advisory committee independent of the government and provides information to the DHS undersecretary for Science and Technology.

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