Claremore Daily Progress

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August 22, 2012

911 Advisory Board to talk about secrecy

Officials cite Homeland Security as reason to limit discussions

CLAREMORE — The Rogers County 911 Advisory Board will discuss Friday in a special meeting whether talking about the operation of the center could present a security risk under Homeland Security.

Janet Hamilton, Rogers County 911 Administrator, released the agenda on last Friday afternoon which included the sole item for discussion at the special meeting slated for 10 a.m. at the OSU Extension Building, 416 S. Brady.
The agenda item is listed as “1. Article in Claremore Progress.  Does holding an open meeting jeopardize the security, integrity, and operations of the 9-1-1 center under Homeland Security.”
The Homeland Security Act specifically lists the primary mission of the act is to:
(A) prevent terrorist attacks within the United States;
(B) reduce the vulnerability of the United States to terrorism; and
(C) minimize the damage, and assist in the recovery, from terrorist attacks that do occur within the United States.
For example, providing public access to records or discussions relating to the construction, organization, development, finances and contractual agreements for operations for the new 911 center do not relate to the definition of critical infrastructure within the Homeland Security Act.
These items are just some of the issues that were presented during a recent meeting where the board was cautioned about “security” issues and a need for privacy.
Critical infrastructure refers to the necessary resources or key assets. Emergency services including 911 public safety answering points are considered part of the system, however privacy protections are limited under the act.
The act is designed to protect against “information pertaining to actual, potential, or threatened interference with, attack on, compromise of, or incapacitation of critical infrastructure or protected systems by either physical or computer-based attack or other similar conduct.”
The advisory board’s proposed protection under the Homeland Security Act will likely be based on the protection of critical information including emergency services.

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