I began working as a Technical Writer for the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) in 2014. The NIAC is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) and made up of approximately 30 CEOs and senior leaders. The NIAC’s mission is to advise the President of the United States and White House Staff on matters of security and resilience regarding our nation’s critical infrastructure, both physical and cyber. The White House assigns a task to the NIAC, and the Council forms a subcommittee to study the topic and present findings and recommendations to be voted upon by the full Council. Since my tenure with the NIAC, I have been credited in five of their reports, on topics such as Water Sector Resilience, Transportation Sector Resilience, and CEO Engagement.
My job as a Technical Writer for the NIAC includes documenting all of the NIAC’s meetings, both public quarterly business meetings as well as closed subcommittee meetings. These documents are formal, high-level transcripts that must adhere to the IP Style Guide, and are required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The minutes for public meetings can be found on the NIAC’s website. The transcripts written for subcommittee meetings must be requested through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
In addition to writing meeting minutes, as the most senior contract support for the NIAC, I lead my team in planning and executing quarterly business meetings. These tasks can include securing a venue, tracking attendance, creating meeting materials, taking notes during the meeting, etc. The majority of NIAC’s meetings are in the DC metro area, however in June 2016, the NIAC held it’s first meeting outside the Beltway at the Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center. I currently work with a team that includes another Technical Writer, an Administrative Assistant and the Designated Federal Officer.
My client is the Designated Federal Officer. I support her through daily quick turn around tasks including drafting emails, invitations, transmittal letters and thank you notes, as well as scheduling meetings, and performing open source research on the topics the NIAC is studying.