The National Advisory Council (NAC) was established by the enactment of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of Federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other manmade disasters. The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management. The NAC incorporates state, tribal, and local governments; nonprofit, and private sector input in the development and revision of the national preparedness goal, the national preparedness system, the National Incident Management System, and other related plans and strategies.
The Office of the National Advisory Council (NAC) is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the Council to apply for appointment.
The NAC will have one (1) position open for applications and nominations in each of the following disciplines:
- Emergency Management (one representative appointment),
- Emergency Response (one representative appointment),
- Non-Elected Local Government Officials (one representative appointment),
- Health Scientist (one Special Government Employee* appointment),
- Communications (one SGE appointment),
- Infrastructure Protection (one SGE appointment),
- Standards Setting and Accrediting (one representative appointment),
- Disabilities (one representative appointment),
- Elected Tribal Government Officials (one representative appointment), and
- Tribal Non-Elected Tribal Government Officials (one representative appointment).
*Note: A Special Government Employee (SGE) designation is for individuals who serve on advisory committees to exercise their own individual best judgment on behalf of the Government on a temporary basis. It is expected that SGEs will discuss and deliberate in a manner that is free from conflicts of interest. Executive branch ethics provisions apply to SGEs who serve as committee members. For more information, please see www.oge.gov/Topics/Selected-Employee-Categories/Advisory-Committee-Members/.
The NAC consists of up to 35 members, all of whom are experts and leaders in their respective fields. Appointments are for a three-year term. The Administrator may also appoint additional candidates to serve as a FEMA Administrator Selection for a three-year term.
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, addressed to the Office of the NAC, 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. There is no application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Each application will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrated knowledge of Federal disasters and emergency response functions;
- Demonstrated skill in working with high level officials and governments representing different points of view;
- Experience coordinating and integrating activities with Federal, state, local, tribal or territorial organizations and practitioner groups;
- Proven leadership experienced in specific discipline area(s) of interest;
- Demonstrated knowledge of national emergency management policies and doctrine;
- Demonstrated service on national, state, or local task force, committee, or advisory body dealing with emergency preparedness and response;
- Demonstrated experience in a senior management and leadership position, providing supervisory direction to an organization responsible for effective administration of complex policies and programs;
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the strategic planning process for an organization or a committee;
- Proven ability to provide expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations on critical program issues requiring new approaches, establishment of precedents or the interpretation of controversial law, regulation, or past practice; and
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
A package that demonstrates the criteria listed above must be submitted to be considered for appointment.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST by one of the following methods:
- E-mail: FEMA-NAC@fema.dhs.gov.
- Fax: (540) 504-2331.
- Mail: Office of the National Advisory Council, 8th floor, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472-3100.
The NAC meets in person approximately two times a year. Members selected for the Council 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.
The next meeting of the National Advisory Council will be in the Spring 2014. More information will be posted at a later date.
The members of the National Advisory Council are appointed by the Administrator, and, to the extent practicable, are geographically diverse and represent a substantive cross section of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from state, tribal, and local governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations.
For more information about the Council, questions about links on this page, or to send membership application packages, please contact the Office of the National Advisory Council.
Phone: (202) 646-2700
Fax: (540) 504-2331
Office of the National Advisory Council
Federal Emergency Management Agency, 8th Floor
500 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20472-3100
How to Submit a FOIA Request
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are processed by the FEMA FOIA Office. Please do not send FOIA requests to the Office of the NAC. Please note the following before submitting your request:
- Requests may not be in the form of a question. FOIA does not require agencies to answer questions. Questions posed as FOIA requests will not be processed.
- FOIA does not require the agency to issue opinions, conduct legal research, create records, or produce tangible objects in order to respond to a request.
- Information about an individual (other than yourself) may be requested under the FOIA, but release is subject to whether the privacy interests of the affected party outweighs the public interest in the release of said information. If you are requesting records on yourself or another individual, see additional requirements under the DHS guidelines for Submitting Privacy Act Request.
- Information covered under the FOIA Exemptions may be withheld.
- Multiple requests. For faster handling, please note in your request whether you are submitting it to more than one Department component.
Please include the following in your request:
- Contact information: Your name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.
- A complete description of the records you are requesting. Please include enough file-related information (type of document, title, subject area, date of creation, originating office) or event-related information (date and circumstances surrounding the event) for us to conduct a focused, time-efficient search for materials.
FOIA requests may be submitted by one of the following methods:
Online form: FEMA.gov
FEMA FOIA Office
Records Management/Disclosure Branch
1800 S. Bell St., Fourth Floor, Mail Stop 3005
Arlington, VA 22202