National Infrastructure Advisory Council

National Infrastructure Advisory Council

The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) was created by United States Executive Order 13231 of October 16, 2001



The NIAC provides the United States President, through the Secretary of Homeland Security, with advice on the security of critical infrastructures, both physical and cyber, supporting sectors of the economy. It also has the authority to provide advice directly to the heads of other agencies that have shared responsibility for critical infrastructure protection, including Health and Human Services, Transportation, and Energy. The NIAC is charged to improve the cooperation and partnership between the public and private sectors in securing the critical infrastructures and advises on policies and strategies that range from risk assessment and management to information sharing to protective strategies and clarification on roles and responsibilities between public and private sectors.[1]


The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) was created by Executive Order 13231 of October 16, 2001 and amended by Executive Order 13286 of February 28, 2003, Executive Order 13385 of September 29, 2005, Executive Order 13446 of September 28, 2007, and Executive Order 13511 of September 29, 2009. The Council is composed of not more than 30 members, appointed by the President, who are selected from the private sector, academia, and State and local government, representing senior executive leadership expertise from the critical infrastructure and key resource areas as delineated in HSPD-7. LEADERSHIP: The position of NIAC Chair and Vice-Chair are named by the President. Currently, the NIAC Chair position is held by Mr. Erle A. Nye, Chairman Emeritus, TXU Corporation, and Mr. Alfred R. Berkeley III, Chairman, Pipeline Trading, LLC, serves as the Vice Chair.[1]

NIAC Secretariat

The Partnership and Outreach Division (POD) within the Department of Homeland Security serves as the NIAC Secretariat. POD is the primary hub for critical infrastructure expertise, coordinates infrastructure situational and operational awareness for DHS, and builds and maintains public-private partnerships and forums to engage and support critical infrastructure sectors, including the responsibility for developing and maintaining information sharing programs with the sectors.[1]

NIAC Operations

The NIAC meets publicly four times each year. All meetings, whether in person or by teleconference, are hosted in Washington, D.C. in a venue open to the public and members desiring to attend in person. The Council uses its public meetings as working meetings, focused on progress reports from its working groups and on deliberations to produce useful and actionable recommendations in a timely manner. The Council is very active, taking on up to six major studies per year, with high performance goals of delivering quality, well-researched reports between 6–12 months from the inception of the selected studies. Its reports have drawn public and private sector interest with regular requests from Congressional committees for copies. Public meetings are normally attended by several members of the Press. The President meets with the Council at least once a year and has directed very specific requests to the Council for recommendations on issues of interest. The White House monitors the progress of the Council’s studies on a regular basis between meetings through a liaison in the Homeland Security Council.[1]

NIAC Membership

As of April 6, 2011 the members of the NIAC are:

  • Chairman:Erle A. Nye Chairman Emeritus, TXU Corporation
  • Vice Chairman: Alfred R. Berkeley III Chairman, Pipeline Trading Systems, LLC(former Vice- Chairman, The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.)
  • David J. Bronczek President and Chief Executive Officer, FedEx Express
  • Wesley Bush Chief Executive Officer and President, Northrop Grumman
  • Albert J. Edmonds Chief Executive Officer, Logistics Applications, Inc.
  • Gilbert G. Gallegos Chief of Police (Retired), City of Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Margaret E. Grayson President, Grayson & Associates
  • Philip G. Heasley President and Chief Executive Officer, ACI Worldwide
  • Raymond W. Kelly Police Commissioner, City of New York
  • David Kepler Executive Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, Chief Information Officer, Dow Chemical
  • James B. Nicholson President and Chief Executive Officer, PVS Chemicals, Inc.
  • Thomas E. Noonan Chairman, President, and CEO, JouleX, Inc.
  • Gregory A. Peters Chief Executive Officer, News Distribution Network, Inc.
  • James A. Reid President, Eastern Division, CB Richard Ellis
  • Bruce Rohde Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, ConAgra Foods, Inc.
  • Linwood H. Rose President, James Madison University
  • Matthew K. Rose Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, BNSF Railway Company
  • Michael J. Wallace Vice Chairman and COO, Constellation Energy; Chairman, UniStar Nuclear Energy Chairman, Constellation Energy Nuclear Group
  • Greg Wells Senior Vice President-Operations, Southwest Airlines Corporation
  • Martha Wyrsch President, Vestas Americas / Vestas Wind Systems, NA



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 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Department of Homeland Security document [ "FACT SHEET The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC)"].

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